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American Jazz Museum

The American Jazz Museum, located in the district of 18th and Vine, includes exhibits about jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Here, visitors will have the opportunity to see real instruments owned by famous jazz musicians as well as awards given to them. There is even a jazz venue on site called The Blue Room. Events at the venue include jazz concerts and poetry readings each week.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Guests can visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum after looking at the jazz memorabilia, as it is located in the same building. This museum was founded in 1994 to include photographs and other displays related to black athletes in Missouri. This museum features 10,000 square feet of space and includes exhibits based on visitor interaction, film, and art.

American Royal Museum

The American Royal Museum is an agricultural themed museum that features hands-on exhibits, making it a great attraction for families. The American Royal serves as Kansas City's rodeo and livestock show venue, though guests have the opportunity to visit when it the venue is not in use too. Visitors may take a tour of the venue and learn more about the significance of agriculture in Missouri's economical and social expansion. There are also interactive exhibits suitable for children.

Arabia Steamboat Museum

In 1856, a steamboat named Arabia sunk in the Missouri River. After it was discovered in 1988, items from the ship were put on display in what is now known as the Arabia Steamboat Museum. Artifacts housed here include a paddlewheel, elegant dishes and more items found inside the sunken boat.

River Market

The River Market, also known as City Market, is the oldest district of Kansas City. This riverfront district includes a farmer's market that has existed since the 1800s. Today, this area of town is a trendy spot for restaurants, bars, unique shops, and cafes. This is a popular destination to relax in the morning and look over the river or to grab a cup of coffee before hitting the local museums. The history of the district is also intriguing.

Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park

Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park is located in the business district of Kansas City. In 2008, the park was completely redesigned to emphasize the role of Missouri's natural environment in shaping the social landscape of even the urban areas. Though the park consists of just one acre, it is known as a reprieve from the busy city.

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