18th and Vine Neighborhood

Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.

One of the largest collections of Midwestern African-American memorabilia including artifacts, oral histories and business records covering local leaders, organizations and neighborhoods. Hours by appointment only. Please call 816-221-1600 to schedule a time to visit.For research inquiries, please contact Archivist Michael Sweeney at 816-221-1640.

The Blue Room

A swinging jazz nightclub exhibiting authentic artifacts and featuring the finest in both Kansas City's live jazz entertainment and national artists on Mon. and Thu.-Sat. evenings.

Museums at 18th & Vine

Take a tour of two of the city's most celebrated museums at the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District. The American Jazz Museum pays tribute to America's top jazz musicians. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum re-creates the look, feel and sounds of Negro Leagues Baseball from the 1860s to the 1950s. Rates for groups of mor...

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Part of the Museums on 18th & Vine complex, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) recreates the look, sounds and feel of the game’s storied past. Video presentations and memorabilia in the 10,000 square-foot multimedia exhibit chronicle the history and heroes of the leagues from their origin after the Civil War to their ...

Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center

Through the moving documentary film "A People’s Journey," visitors are introduced to the everyday heroes in Kansas City’s 18th & Vine neighborhood whose social, cultural and economic contributions profoundly impacted a city and a nation. Free admission.

Gem Theater

Originally named the Star Theater, the Gem was built in 1912 by the Shriner and Powellson Amusement Company as a silent movie palace serving Kansas City’s African American population. It was renamed the Gem in 1913, and by the time motion pictures could talk in 1929, it had become an established fixture on 18th Street. U...

American Jazz Museum

The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum.