Negro Leagues Baseball Museum | Midwest Living

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

1616 E 18th St
Kansas City  Missouri  64108
United States
(816) 221-1920

Midwest Living Review

It's not a hall of fame, but a record of racial segregation's effect on America's pastime, and a tribute to the players who persevered.

Heavy on information and light on activities, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum may be more suited for visitors who already know something about the sport and its history. A short film in the "grandstand" theater fills in some blanks, from the game's late-19th-century beginnings up on through Jackie Robinson's breakout into the major leagues in 1947. Deeper inside are artifacts including uniforms and equipment, supplemented by videos, voiceovers, and a lot of text. (Surviving players' recorded commentary rings especially poignant.) Exhibits on subjects like many Negro League players' penchant for flashy clothes and a barbershop vignette add context that goes beyond the sport alone, and indeed, the museum is as much about segregation as it is about baseball. There's not so much in the way of interactive activities, however. Parking is available on 18th Street and Buck O'Neil Way, or in public lots within a block. Adult tickets are $8; kids' are $3. Tickets can be bought in conjunction with those to the American Jazz Museum, which shares the same location--in that case, it's $10 for adults, $5 for kids. The museum is closed Mondays.

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