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MISSOURI 37. AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM 1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo. In the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, the museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, visual art exhibitions, live performances and educational programming. Highlights include Charlie Parker’s Grafton saxophone, a sequined gown worn by singer Ella Fitzgerald and the Blue Room, an exhibit by day and jazz club by night. Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday Cost: $10 for ages 13-64; $9 for ages 65 and older; $6 for ages 5-12; free for age 4 and under Information: americanjazzmuseum.org; (816) 474-8463

38. GLORE PSYCHIATRIC MUSEUM, ST. JOSEPH BLACK ARCHIVES MUSEUM, ST. JOSEPH MUSEUM AND DOLL MUSEUM 3406 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, Mo. The Glore Psychiatric Museum chronicles the history of the treatment of mental illness and the history of State Lunatic Asylum No. 2 with exhibits of surgical tools, treatment equipment, furnishings, patient art and other items, some of which may not be suitable for youngsters. The St. Joseph Museum showcases one of the largest collections of American Indian items in Missouri, with archaeological items, pottery, baskets, blankets, pipes and clothing from 10 cultural regions. The Doll Museum features popular and one-of-a-kind dolls and other toys. The Black Archives Museum celebrates the achievements of the community’s civil rights leaders, Civil War heroes and jazz and sports legends. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Cost: $6 for adults; $5 for age 62 and older; $4 for students; free for age 6 and younger Information: bit.ly/CJstjoe; (816) 232-8471

37. American Jazz Museum [SUBMITTED PHOTOS] visitors, but feeding carries a small fee. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March through Memorial Day and September-October; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, November-February Cost: $16 for ages 12-54; $15 for age 55 and older; $13 for ages 3-11; free for age 2 and under Information: kansascityzoo.org; (816) 595-1234

39. KANSAS CITY ROYALS BASEBALL

41. LEILA’S HAIR MUSEUM

Kaufmann Stadium, 1 Royal Way, Kansas City, Mo. Since 1969, the Kansas City Royals has been one of the most beloved teams in all of sports. While stars like George Brett, Frank White, Bret Saberhagen and Dan Quisenberry helped lead the Royals to their first World Series title in 1985, a new group of stars including Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain helped the Royals win the World Series again in 2015. Who will be the star players this year, and will the Royals vie for the pennant again? Be in the stands to cheer them on. Hours: Varies by game Cost: Ticket prices vary Information: kansascity.royals.mlb.com; (800) 676-9257

1333 S. Noland Road, Independence, Mo. Leila’s Hair Museum, the only hair museum in the world, is home to more than 750 hair wreaths and more than 2,000 jewelry pieces made of human hair. Highlights include a 1680 brooch, with a piece of hair enclosed in a crystal case; a neckpiece with a scene painted with pulverized hair; a mourning brooch with a lock of hair from 19th-century statesman Daniel Webster; 1865 wreath made of hair from League of Women Voters members; and family wreaths of President John Adams and Philip Livingston, who signed the Declaration of Independence. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday Cost: $15 for adults; $7.50 for seniors and children Information: leilashairmuseum.net; (816) 833-2955

40. KANSAS CITY ZOO 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, Mo. The zoo is a 202-acre nature sanctuary with a multitude of animals, interactive experiences and educational programs. New this summer is the Stingray Bay touch tank, which allows visitors to touch and feed stingrays and small bamboo sharks. The stingray exhibit is free to

42. LOESS BLUFFS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 25542 US-159 highway, Forest City, Mo. The Loess Bluffs refuge serves as a feeding and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge encompasses 7,440 acres of wetlands, grasslands and

43. National Silk Art Museum

forests where native prairie plants still grow. Three hiking trails and the 13-mile Wild Goose Auto Tour allow visitors the opportunity to see some of the more than 300 species of birds, 30 types of mammals and more than 40 species of reptiles and amphibians at the refuge. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday for headquarters/ visitor station; sunrise to sunset for refuge Cost: Free Information: bit.ly/2CJloess; (660) 442-3187

43. NATIONAL SILK ART MUSEUM 423 Main St., Weston, Mo. More than 500 works of silk art are on display at the museum, organized by such themes as religious, World’s Fair souvenirs and military. The museum has the world’s largest collection of woven Victorian and Renaissance silk tapestries produced on punchcard mechanical looms. Each tapestry is a digitized copy of an original masterpiece painting by such artists as Francisco Goya, Rembrandt, Raphael, Guido Reni and others. The museum also has an art research library and a gift shop. Hours: Opens at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday (call before scheduling a visit) Cost: Free; donations welcome Information: nationalsilkartmuseum.com; (816) 536-5955

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