Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City

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At Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, you can chart the progress of black Americans in baseball from the inception of the Negro National League in 1920 to the Negro American League, which disbanded in 1960. A self-guided tour of the museum is laid out in chronological order. At the Early Years exhibit, you can learn about the origins of black Americans in baseball after the Civil War, later learn about the power of the press in relation to this subject, and eventually explore the push for equality and nonsegregation in the sport. View hundreds of photographs of players from all the leagues over a period 40 years, and watch several films, including one narrated by actor James Earl Jones. Take a look at our Kansas City driving holiday planner to schedule your visit to Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Excellent exhibit and artifacts with complete historical timeline. Lots of news articles and detailed narrative of the experiences, setbacks and triumphs of the players. 
    Excellent exhibit and artifacts with complete historical timeline. Lots of news articles and detailed narrative of the experiences, setbacks and triumphs of the players.  more »
  • Very educational! Watch the movie first tho. This museum was a great learning experience and enjoyed taking my children. I think everyone should check it out atleast once. 
    Very educational! Watch the movie first tho. This museum was a great learning experience and enjoyed taking my children. I think everyone should check it out atleast once.  more »
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  • This is a must-see for any true baseball fan, the stories here are fantastic and illustrate the character of the men who helped integrate (at times, unknowingly) the entire country. The first 1/3 of the museum is light on artifacts, so there's LOTS of reading. Insightful stuff, though - reprinted publications, photos, postcards, etc. It took time to read everything, but that education really set up understanding for the rest of the experience. The rest of the museum had all kinds of interesting history - video, sound, interviews... it really was terrific. What began for me as a "might as well" item on the KC Visitor's Checklist, became a "must-do" experience. I came away with some real appreciation for what these pioneers accomplished and endured. We spent about 4hrs here, but could have done more if our feet hadn't started hurting! Cap it off with a trip to Bryant's BBQ (a couple blocks away) and you'll record the day as a WIN.
  • First of all, Mr. Bob Kendrick is an amazing person and has done a great job with curating this museum. The museum itself is approximately an hour to an hour and a half to get through depending on how busy it is. There is SO much history in this museum and the level of documentation is incredible. Black History is American History and this is a must see for every child, baseball fan, and really everyone. There's so much more that went on (and still goes on to some degree) than what the majority of us are aware of. This is a museum we'll take another trip to soon!

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