The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum.
Third Thursdays at the Nelson-Atkins Museum
Introducing your new not-so-quiet night at the museum! Join the revelry every third Thursday of the month for live music, free programs, art activities and more that showcase the talents of local artists, communities and businesses…all just for adult audiences!
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Museums in KC
The American Royal hosts many of Kansas City's premier fall events including the World Series of Barbecue®; the world's largest barbecue competition, their Livestock Show; one of the Midwest's largest livestock expositions, a PRCA sanctioned professional rodeo, and 6 prestigious horse shows including the UPHA National Championship Horse Show. These events allow the American Royal, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships and support agriculture education programs.
Focusing on the role of agribusiness in our lives. Participate in tours led by trained, museum docents. Try out the new equine exhibit and learn about different gaits. Gain insight into the vital role that agriculture played in Kansas City's rich and storied history. Learn about the beginnings of the American Royal and the impact of Tom Bass and Loula Long Combs. Observe horse show, rodeo and livestock show clothing, saddles and memorabilia. Compare your weight with chickens, market hogs, and feeder steers. Visit the reading corner, play computer games, and learn about livestock judging.
The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is recognized today as one of the most significant historical sites in western Missouri because of its role in the history of the area and the people that lived there. Plotted in 1827 on that super highway west called the Santa Fe Trail, the Estate played an important part in our region's history. Of the many colorful owners, characters and residents of this now legendary home, the most famous is the artist and politician George Caleb Bingham.
The Center is named in honor of Bruce R. Watkins, a political and social activist. Watkins was fueled by the need to recognize and preserve the varied contributions African-Americans made to the development of Kansas City. The facility is located on one of Kansas City's major thoroughfares.
The Depot was built in 1879. It was moved to its current location and restored during the decade from 1992 to 2002. The two-story depot contains three rooms on the first floor which are the waiting room, stationmaster's room, and baggage room. On the second floor, four rooms, which were formerly the stationmaster's residence, are the kitchen, dining room, bedroom, and the parlor. Each of these rooms is furnished in the period circa 1879. A separate display room contains C & A artifacts. There are hundreds of C & A collectables found throughout the depot.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed this "church of the future." With a Steeple of Light, four spires projecting 60,000 watts of light into space. This technology didn't exist until 1993 when the church completed construction according to his design. Visitors Welcome.
The First City Museum is currently open three days a week (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Volunteers are needed in many areas for the First City Museum to continue to be successful. Enjoy the amenities of a temperature controled facility, free soft drinks, coffee, mircrowave, Solitaire and other computer games. The First City Museum is proud to have acquired many interesting artifacts. You will see educational displays for World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and Iraq War. We have literally thousands of items too numerous to list here.
The Frontier Army Museum collects and preserves items used to tell the story of the Frontier Army from 1804 to 1916 and Fort Leavenworth from 1827 to the present day. Officially recognized as an Army Museum in 1960, the Museum preserves one of the finest collections of nineteenth century military artifacts in the country. In order to visit the museum on post guests must visit the Visitor Control Center (VCC) and obtain a pass.
Historic fort overlooking Missouri River. First U.S. outpost in Louisiana Purchase.