The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department operates and manages both the Kansas City Museum (3218 Gladstone Blvd.) and the Historic Garment District Museum of Kansas City, located in the heart of the old Garment District, in DST’s Poindexter building at 801 Broadway Blvd. between 6th and 11th streets and Washington and Wyandotte streets.
Admission to the Historic Garment District Museum is FREE.
Street parking is available.
Historic Garment District Museum Hours
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Museum is also open by appointment Wednesday-Friday for group tours only (minimum of six); for special appointments, please make reservations 24 hours in advance by contacting Kate Warfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kansas City Museum has acquired more than 300 Kansas City-made garments and accessories from the Historic Garment District Museum, which was founded and opened in 2002 by Ann Brownfield and Harvey Fried. Ann and Harvey operated the museum since its opening with public hours on Saturdays and special tours by appointment.
In 2015, Ann and Harvey decided to retire from the daily operations of the museum. Along with donating the collection, they requested that the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department operate the Historic Garment District Museum at its current Broadway location, which includes establishing new open hours for the public, developing programs and exhibitions, and managing the collection. The Garment District Place Park, dedicated in 2010 by Parks and Recreation, is located across Broadway from the museum. The park has a fountain and a 22-foot “Needle” sculpture as tribute to the Garment District’s legacy.
Many of the buildings nearby the Historic Garment District Museum date back to the 1870s and are on the National Register of Historic Places. The manufacture of coats, suits, dresses, hats, and children’s wear started on the upper floors of the wholesale dry goods buildings in the early 1920s. After World War I and through the 1940s, the area employed more than 4,000 people and boasted that one out of every seven women in the United States purchased a Kansas City-made garment. Manufacturing of garments was the second largest employer of any industry in Kansas City, Mo.
The Historic Garment District Museum’s collection of Kansas City-made garments and accessories allows the Kansas City Museum to add to its stellar collection of historical clothing, textiles, and costumes, which is comprised of more than 20,000 items in the Museum’s collection and is one of the best collections of its kind in the region.