Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City
HOURS: Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. noon–6 p.m.
COST: $8 adult, $3 child;
American Jazz Museum combo ticket $10 adult, $5 child
The result of a collaborative effort between local historians, business leaders, and former baseball players, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum began with just one room when it opened in the early 1990s. After becoming incorporated, adding a board of directors and staff, and creating a licensing program, the museum expanded to 2,000 square feet and later 10,000 square feet that includes memorabilia and interactive exhibits dedicated to the history of the Negro Leagues, which began in Kansas City’s Paseo YMCA in 1920.
The Negro Leagues declined in the mid-1940s after African-American players were recruited to Major League teams.
Explore Negro Leagues history at multimedia computer stations and pose for photos in a “field” of 12 bronze sculptures, including iconic local baseball player Buck O’Neil.
On your way out, stop at the museum store for souvenirs including books, artwork, apparel, collectibles, and DVDs.
© Katy Ryan from Moon Kansas City, 1st Edition