The Historic Garment District Museum, located at 801 Broadway Blvd., was founded and opened in 2002 by Ann Brownfield and Harvey Fried. Kansas City’s Garment District (an area defined as between 6th and 11th Streets, and Washington and Wyandotte Streets) rose up around the wholesale business area of the City’s downtown after World War I and grew steadily to become, at its peak, one of the largest garment districts in the nation and the second largest industry and employer (of women) in Kansas City.
The Garment District Collection highlights companies that helped make up Kansas City’s Garment District. The Collection is comprised of more than 350 garments and accessories made by local companies from the 1920s through the 1980s and includes numerous objects such as sewing equipment and advertising pieces. In 2015 the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department took over ownership of the museum space, and the Kansas City Museum acquired the Garment District Collection.
The Garment District 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 comprises more than 20,000 items in the Museum’s collection and is one of the best collections of its kind in the region.
In 2015 the Kansas City Museum took over management of the museum and ownership of its collections.
The Historic Garment District Museum hours:
For February and March, the Historic Garment District Musem will have open hours to the public beginning Thursday, February 16th.
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
No appointment is necessary.
Paid metered street parking is enforced on weekdays.
Free metered street parking on Saturdays.
Admission is FREE.
At the entrance on 8th and Broadway, there are numerous steps outside the building and one set of steps inside. If your party needs an accessible entrance to the building, please contact the Kansas City Museum in advance and we will provide directions to the accessible entrance.
Parking is available on Broadway and 8th Street; both are metered.
There is one single restroom onsite.
You should allow yourself a minimum of 30 minutes to view everything. There are approximately 20-25 items on display plus some machines, photos, and ephemera.
Museum staff does not provide a guided tour; staff will introduce the space, give a general introduction about the Garment District and answer questions.