Louis Armstrong House

New York, United States

The Louis Armstrong House, formally known as 34-56 107th Street, is a historic house museum in Corona, Queens. It was the home of Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille Wilson from 1943 until his death in 1971. Lucille gave ownership of it to the city of New York in order to create a museum focused on her husband.

The house was designated a New York City Landmark in 1988 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. It now serves as a museum that presents concerts and educational programs, and makes materials in its archives of writings, books, recordings and memorabilia available to the public for research.

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation gave the house to the Department of Culture Affairs after Lucille Armstrong died in 1983. This brick house was designed by architect Robert W. Johnson and built by Thomas Daly in 1910. Some changes were made to the exterior and interior of the house when the Armstrongs moved in. The porch that was once in the front of the house was taken down and the space was added to the living room. For the exterior of the house the garden was assembled and the garage was constructed by the Armstrongs.

In addition the interior of the house was renovated to their taste. Ornate bathrooms, and the kitchen was not originally part of the house. Paintings and souvenirs were given to Louis Armstrong on tour from Asia, Europe to Africa. These gifts have found a home of their own on dressers, night stands, shelves and walls.



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Founded: 1910
Category: Museums in United States

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Yaily Gonzalez Lopez (11 months ago)
I was impressed with the tour. Definitely they enjoyed explaining about the house and the Amstrong's life. I highly recommend this Museum. You can enjoy every detail of the house and its history and to know more about this excellent musician. You will know people that put so much passion and love to keep alive the memory of Louis.
Greg Harris (12 months ago)
The Louis Armstrong House Museum is an absolute superb museum that celebrates and honors the amazing life and legacy of jazz entertainer, Louis Armstrong. In celebration of Black History, I brought and treated myself and my wife for a guided tour of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in February of 2018. During our tour, both my wife and I learned that the museum was formerly the home of Louise Armstrong and that he resided there along with his wife, Lucille from 1943 until his death in 1971. We were also able to view the many of the home’s rooms, extensive furnishings, memorabilia of the Armstrongs. What my wife and I found most enjoyable were the voice recordings of Louis Armstrong. In these recordings, Armstrong shares his thoughts on his house, his neighborhood and of course, his wonderful music. Both my wife and I highly enjoyed our guided tour definitely recommend for others to visit and tour this wonderful National Historic Landmark!!!
Jason Xu (12 months ago)
Love our time there. Learned a lot about Louis Armstrong. He is inspiring, a great family man in the neighbor even though he is a celebrity.
Chester Kim (12 months ago)
I had a great time at the museum. I am a huge fan of Kusama and this place is clearly inspired by her works. I loved the Gold room and the Infinity light room the best. Highly recommended! Take your time and view the rooms multiple times!
Alvie Figueiredo (2 years ago)
First time at Louis Armstrong Museum very interesting had a good time went with my uncle and Aunt Louis Armstrong from Scotland
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