Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th St Queens, NY 11368
Louis Daniel Armstrong (1901–1971) was one of the most famous jazz musicians of all time. Often called “Satchmo,” he rose to prominence in the 1920s due mostly to his cornet and trumpet skills, his enthralling gravelly voice, and his ability to improvise on stage.
From 1943 until his death, he lived in Corona with his wife, Lucille, who donated the house to the city for use as a museum upon her death in 1983. The inside is basically untouched, as nobody else has lived in this national landmark. Guided tours are enhanced by audio clips of Satchmo making music, socializing, and even eating. In the back is a Japanese-inspired garden.
Inside scoop: The museum is currently undergoing a campaign to build a large education center with parking in a lot across the street.
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