Louis Armstrong playing the trumpet

Louis Armstrong House Museum & Archives

The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens is a place where jazz music lives. This is the place where the great jazz legend lived together with his wife from 1943 and for the rest of their lives.

Music lovers, especially jazz devotees, will love this intimate museum collection in Northern Queens.

The jazz legend Luis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans on August 4th of 1901. He grew up in a poor area called the Battlefield. He is known across the globe as “Satchmo”. In 1943 he and his wife Lucille moved to Corona. Louis Armstrong can definitely be considered one of the most important famous people from Queens, although he was not born there.

Louis Armstrong is recognized as the founding father of jazz. As an artist, he influenced the world, hearts and minds. You can visit his home to learn about his incredible life.

Remarkable achievements

The achievements of Luis Armstrong are remarkable. During the course of his career, he completed many goals including:

  • Developing jazz as a vocalist and instrumentalist. Louis Armstrong still impacts musicians.
  • He wrote 10 magazine articles, memoirs containing hundreds of pages, two autobiographies, and thousands of letters.
  • He recorded songs for 10 decades. You can listen to his music on the radio, and in films and television.
  • Wrote dozens of jazz songs that have become legendary.
  • Appeared as an actor in over 30 films.
  • Performed roughly 300 concerts each year.

The Louis Armstrong House

Louis lived in this home, today a museum, with his wife. The furnishings of the home are ornate. We enjoyed seeing the extravagances and luxuries uncommon for the time. Everything in the home is custom-built. The quality is as modern as possible for Louis Armstrong’s time.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum & Archives
Love jazz? Then visiting the Louis Armstrong House Museum should be a priority during your stay in New York or Queens. Photo: Joe Mabel / CC BY-SA

Within the home museum

The house is full of character. You will see his mementos, writings, pictures, collections and recordings. The furnishings and personal items reveal the character of Louis Armstrong. There are recordings of his music, jokes and conversations. We especially enjoyed getting audio insights from the archive.

You will learn fun fact. Did you know red beans and rice was his favorite food? We saw a letter signed Red Beans & Ricely Yours – and laughed.

You will see the treasures he found during world tours. Here, you also see gifts from legends including Tony Bennet. Visiting the museum is a ride backward in time. You feel like you are a part of his life. There is a lot to learn about music history and jazz in this place. Every Louis Armstrong fan should take the time to visit this museum.

Louis Armstrong House Museum Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Interesting tour
  • Friendly staff
  • Prices are reasonable
  • Louis Armstrong film
  • Easy to reach
  • Gorgeous garden

Cons

  • The tour is only 45 minutes
  • Some of the live recordings have glitches
  • It is not allowed to take photos of the home

Things to do near Luis Armstrong House Museum

New York Hall of Science (14 minute walk)

Flushing Bay Promenade (10 minute walk)

More info

Website: www.louisarmstronghouse.org

Address: 34-56 107th Street, Queens, NY 11368

Telephone: +1 718-478-8274

Cover photo by World-Telegram staff photographer / Public domain