Museums, Art and Food KC Style

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Kansas City, known as the Heart of America, was founded in 1850. Here you’ll find an incredible variety of things to see and do, from art and culture to an alluring nightlife, historical attractions to great music venues, world-class museums to Kansas City barbecue. There is never a dull moment.


A. Arabia Steamboat Museum

The steamboat Arabia was a side-wheel steamer built in 1853 that sank near Kansas City in 1856 with 200 tons of cargo bound for western towns. Recovered in 1988, the Arabia’s collection reveals details of frontier life.

B. blue bird bistro

This eatery features upscale organic choices for the discerning diner. Fresh, organic produce, all-natural beef, seafood and vegetarian specialties in a historic 1880s building.

C. City Market – Kansas City

Established in 1857, the 145-stall City Market is one of the largest farmers' markets in the region. Merchants and vendors offer a variety of fresh produce, meats, seafood, flowers, specialty foods and other items.


A. Extra Virgin

Home to renowned chef Michael Smith; explore the menu, featuring a wide range of Mediterranean tapas and a wine list with more than 300 selections.

B. The Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum

The Blue Room is a museum by day and a working jazz club by night; part of the American Jazz Museum. Four nights a week, the Blue Room resonates with the sweet sounds of Kansas City jazz. As the only Kansas City club included in DownBeat magazine's list of the Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the world, the Blue Room consistently books top name national and international entertainers.

Designed to resemble a 1930s nightclub, the Blue Room is a multifaceted exhibit focusing on the Kansas City connection to the evolution of jazz, featuring a wall of fame exhibiting the images of those local musicians that made the Kansas City-style swing.

While in the Blue Room, you can view "soundies" from a video jukebox that features performances of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller and John Coltrane. Alcoholic beverages are available at the bar and an appetizer buffet is available during Indigo Hour Friday evenings.

Visit our online events calendar for information about performances and show times.


A. Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

This is a two-acre public garden with six fountains, more than 350 varieties of perennials and annual beds that change seasonally. The gardens are contained within a stone and wrought-iron wall. Tours are available for groups of 10 or more, prior arrangements are required.

B. Country Club Plaza Shopping & Dining District

This entire 15-block district is home to more than 150 upscale shops, dozens of fine restaurants, nightclubs and hotels is one of the Midwest's major shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

The Plaza has a year-round calendar of music and other special events.