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Discover the "Louis Armstrong House Museum" in New York

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Located in Queens, the Louis Armstrong House Museum is the last house where this jazz legend lived.

You don’t need to be a real fan of his music to enjoy the visit.

What is the history of the Louis Armstrong House Museum?

Louis Armstrong was born in 1901 in New Orleans. He developed his talent as a trumpet player over the years, as his charisma, to become one of the most influential artists of his time. For over forty years, show after show, Louis Armstrong succeeded to be the best ambassador of jazz music.

In 1943, he bought this modest house with his wife Lucile, in Corona area of Queens.

This home is a museum that can be visited today. Since Lucile and Louis, nobody has lived there. The house and its furnishings stay identical to what they were when they lived there.

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What can you see in this museum?

The museum can only be visited with a tour guide.

At first, you’ll watch a 5-10 minute video on the life of Louis Armstrong.

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Then the guide takes you into the house of Louis Armstrong.

You’ll visit each room of the house. The guide will explain the history of each one, the furniture, objects, and tell you the events that marked the place. Each time you enter a new room in the house, you’ll hear Louis Armstrong speak, sing, and play music.

The house is in very good condition, with furniture from the 60' 70'. One can imagine perfectly how Louis Armstrong lived in this house.

I have some photos of the rooms:
The living room with a painting of Louis Armstrong:

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The bathroom with a large tub and mirrored walls and roof:

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The blue kitchen:

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What I liked the most was the office of Louis Armstrong.
It has many objects belonging to Louis Armstrong. I figured him out sitting in his chair, composing new songs, listening to his records... there’s a very special atmosphere in this part of the house.

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After visiting the interior of the house, the guide brings you to the garden. It is open to the public and free.

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Who will be interested in visiting the house?

All fans of Louis Armstrong and jazz will be delighted by the visit.

In general, I don’t recommend you visit the house if it's your first trip to New York. If it is your second or third time in the city, it is very interesting to discover the home of this music legend, such as a part of the contemporary history of the US.

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You must know that:

The tour guide is mandatory: you can't visit for the museum on your own.

The entrance fee to the museum includes the guided tour.

There is an average of 10 to 15 people per visit.

You cannot take pictures inside the museum. I could do it, because I asked permission to do this article.

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When can you visit the museum?

The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5.00pm.

Guided tours begin every hour, at: 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm and 4.00pm.

So I recommend that you arrive 10-15 minutes early, to purchase your tickets and start the tour on time.

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How long does it take to visit the museum?

It takes about an hour, including the video presentation and the guided tour of the house.

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How much does it cost?

Admission is:
- $ 10 for adults,
- $ 7 for 5-18
- Free for children under 4 years.

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Where is the museum?

The house of Louis Armstrong is located in Queens, a few meters from Flushing Meadows, 34.36 107th Street, Corona, New York.

Website: louisarmstronghouse.org

 

Conclusion

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a small museum that is toured in an hour. It's enough to discover the world of the artist, and the atmosphere of the 60s and 70s.

All rooms in the house are very well preserved and interesting.

I recommend this museum if it is not your first time in the city, to discover part of the musical history of the city.

You’ll be 10 minutes walking distance from Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Queens’ Zoo, the Queens Museum of Art ... and watch the US Open tennis in late August and early September.

I enjoyed the visit, I attached some more photos:

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Thanks to NYC &Company for the museum visit.
Site: www.nycgo.com

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