Welcome to the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and Museum

This living museum stands in tribute to the legacy of Kansas City’s early African-American pioneers and embodies the artistic, cultural and social history of the African-American experience.


You can help us educate the young and the not so young with exhibits, programs and performances. Donate today. Thank you.

Celebrating 25 Years of interpreting African-American History and Culture

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Exhibit

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Exhibit

3 gallery spaces filled with breath taking installations. Free admission. Free parking

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Culturally rich entertainment - renowned visual and performing artists.

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Events, weddings and beyond - create a moving event experience for 10 to300 in our state-of-the-art facilities.

The Center is named in honor of Bruce R. Watkins, a political and social activist.  Watkins was fueled by the need to recognize and preserve the varied contributions African-Americans made to the development of Kansas City.  The Center opened in December 1989 as the outgrowth of Watkins’ efforts.  Construction of the Center was made possible through the work and contributions of the Bruce R. Watkins Foundation Inc., the Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation Department and the State of Missouri.