Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

DESCRIPTION: Part of the Museums at the 18th & Vine complex, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum 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 end in the 1960s.

LOCATION: In the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District.

PHONE: 816-221-1920


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  • The museum is laid out as a timeline of the Negro Leagues and American history. Exhibits include hundreds of photographs, historical artifacts and several interactive computer stations.
  • As the centerpiece of the NLBM, the Coors Field of Legends features 10 life-sized bronze sculptures of Negro Leagues greats positioned on a mock baseball diamond as if they were playing a game.
  • A documentary film narrated by actor James Earl Jones tells the story of the leagues with vintage film footage.
  • The Hall of Fame Lockers pay tribute to the Negro Leaguers who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • The museum store features officially-licensed Negro Leagues merchandise.

HOURS:  Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. Closed Monday.

ADMISSION: Adults $10 and children (under 12) $6. Seniors $9. Combo pass to NLBM and the American Jazz Museum: adults $10 and children (under 12) $5. Admission to the Horace M. Peterson III Visitor Center and the Changing Gallery is free of charge.

ANNUAL ATTENDANCE: Collectively, the Museums at 18th & Vine average approximately 300,000 people annually.

HISTORY: The Negro Leagues were established in 1920 by Andrew “Rube” Foster in a meeting held at the Paseo YMCA. A site on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is located two blocks from the Museums at 18th & Vine. First functioning out of a one-room office, the NLBM eventually joined the American Jazz Museum in 1997 in a $20 million facility housing both entities.

WHERE TO GET LUNCH: The original Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue (1727 Brooklyn Ave.) is a few blocks to the east.

ANNUAL SPECIAL EVENTS: Held each June, the Hall of Game recognizes professional baseball players with awards named after Negro Leagues legends such as Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell and Josh Gibson.

DID YOU KNOW: The NLBM has hosted various dignitaries including Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Maya Angelou, Colin Powell, Walter Cronkite and many more.

GROUP TOURS: Reservations are encouraged for groups of 25 or more. Reservations include a special introduction by museum staff and, if time permits, guided tour services. Contact the museum for more information.


From the north: Take I-35 S to I-70 E. Take The Paseo exit and travel south. Turn left onto John “Buck” O’Neil Way. Drive to 18th & Paseo and turn left. On the left you will see the Museums at 18th & Vine marquee.

From the south: Take US-71 N. Take The Paseo exit and turn right. Take another right onto 18th Street. On the left you will see the Museums at 18th & Vine marquee.

From the east: Take I-70 W towards Kansas City. Take Exit 4B to 18th Street. Turn left onto 18th Street and continue several blocks. On the left you will see the Museums at 18th & Vine marquee.

From the west: Take I-70 E into Kansas City. Keep left to take I-670 E/I-70 ALT E through Downtown. Take The Paseo exit. Turn right onto The Paseo. Turn left onto John “Buck” O’Neil Way and then a right onto Vine Street. Finally, turn left onto 18th Street. On the left you will see the Museums at 18th & Vine marquee.

PARKING: Parking is available near the museum. Visitors can park on the either side of 18th Street, on the south side of "Buck" O'Neil Way (17th Street Terrace) or in public parking lots near Gregg Community Center (just north of the museums) at 18th and Woodland (one block east) or 18th & Vine (one half block west). Large buses for group tours should park and have passengers enter through the north entrance on "Buck" O'Neil Way or in the Parking lots at Gregg Community Center.

PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Cathie Moss, marketing specialist, 816-221-1920 or

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