$8 – $12

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Guided Historic House Tour

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$8 – $12
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Tour the historic home of Louis and Lucille Armstrong. Hear archival clips and discover the story of a global icon at home in Queens.

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Louis Armstrong—the world’s most famous jazz musician—was an international celebrity who could have lived anywhere. Yet in 1943, he and his wife, Lucille, settled in a modest house in Corona, Queens, where they lived for the remainder of their lives. No one has lived in the house since the Armstrongs, and the house and its furnishings remain very much as they were during Louis and Lucille’s lifetime. Today, the Louis Armstrong House Museum & Archives is open to the public, offering guided tours of Louis’s longtime home. On the tour, audio clips from Louis’s homemade recordings are played, and visitors hear Louis practicing his trumpet, listening to music, and talking with his friends. Visitors also get to enjoy an exhibit on Louis’s life and legacy, and the Armstrongs’ beautiful Japanese-inspired garden.

NOTE TO ALL VISITORS: Until further notice, the Museum is adhering to social distancing and all people are required to wear a mask at all times when inside the House or in the Garden.

ACCESSIBILITY: The entire ground floor (which includes the Welcome Center, Museum Store, exhibit area, and restroom) and the Garden of the Museum are wheelchair-accessible. The historic house tour requires the ability to climb two sets of steep stairs, stand for 45 minutes and to understand the tour guide without access to lip-reading, as tour guides wear masks. Visitors that are unable to take the tour receive a virtual tour instead.

CONTACT US: info@LouisArmstrongHouse.org

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The Louis Armstrong House Museum sustains and promotes the cultural, historical, and humanitarian legacy of Louis Armstrong by preserving and interpreting Armstrong’s house and grounds, collecting and sharing archival materials that document Armstrong’s life and legacy, and developing programs for the public that educate and inspire.

Thanks to the vision and funding of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the Louis Armstrong House Museum & Archives welcomes visitors from all over the world, six days per week, 52 weeks per year. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Association of African American Museums, Museums Council of New York City, New York State Museums Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, NYC & Co., and the Queens Tourism Council. The museum is a constituent of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts and a cultural center of Queens College, CUNY.

Major funding for Louis Armstrong House Museum & Archives is provided by Fund II Foundation and the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Queens College/CUNY; NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson; the New York State Council on the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York City Department of Education; the Office of the Queens Borough President; Con Edison; and members and donors from all over the world. Capital support has been provided by Governor Andrew Mark Cuomo, the NYS Assembly and Senate, the NYC Council, the Office of the Mayor of New York City, and the Office of the Borough President of Queens.​

More information about the Louis Armstrong House Museum can be found online.

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