The Holiday House Tour 2021
For two weeks, between Dec 9-18 the museum will be offering the HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR featuring photographs and audio-clips from Louis and Lucille’s time at home and abroad during the holidays: A premiere night in Hollywood in 1969, Christmas in Japan in 1953, and recordings of Armstrong’s touch of mastery in some Holiday Hits like ‘Zat You Santa Claus’ and Cool Yule. Tickets will go on sale on Nov 25, 2021.
The Louis Armstrong House Museum has resumed guided tours of the Historic House. In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our staff and visitors, we will adhere to strict social distancing policies and all attendees will be required to wear a mask at all times when inside the Historic House and the Garden. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Five visitors per tour
The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 25). Closed also on Christmas week and New Year’s week. Tours will resume on Thursday, January 6th, 2022.
Guided tours will be offered Thursday through Saturday. Tours will begin every hour. First tour begins at 11:00 a.m. Last tour begins at 3:00 p.m.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive no sooner than 10 minutes prior to the start of your tour. There is no indoor waiting area at the Museum. Visitors are welcome to wait in the Garden prior to the tour (weather permitting.)
Tickets and Pricing
Tickets must be purchased in advance. We cannot accommodate walk-up visitors until further notice. No more than four visitors per tour. If you purchase fewer than four tickets, we reserve the right to include additional visitors (up to four persons total per tour.)
Tickets are on sale through September 4. We will add additional dates as we progress through the reopening process. Check this page for updates.
Purchase your tickets here.
- Adults: $12
- Seniors (65 and older), visitors with disabilities (caregivers free of charge), active duty military, students, and children: $8*
- Children under 5: Free
- Members: Free
* Visitors may be asked to present valid ID upon arrival in order to confirm their discounted rate.
The price of admission includes a guided historic house tour and access to the exhibit area and garden, which can be viewed before or after your tour.
Unfortunately, we are not able to resume tours for groups of more than five people at this time. Please check back in the coming months as we continue update our policies.
In accordance with New York City policy, all tour participants and guests entering the house museum must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Ticket holders will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon entering the Louis Armstrong House Museum. We also accept all forms that show vaccination, including the physical vaccination card, a photo or printout of the card, and NYS Excelsior Pass, along with a corresponding government-issued ID. Learn more about other options for proof of vaccination.
Regardless of your vaccination status, everyone is required to wear a face mask at all times when moving around the museum.
Children under the age of 12, for whom there is no currently available vaccine, are permitted to enter the museum until further notice. Children must also wear a face covering.
Questions? Contact us at louisarmstronghouse.org/contact.
Free Digital Guide
Explore the Louis Armstrong House Museum from anywhere, anytime with our digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app. Download before or after your visit to explore more of the extraordinary life of Louis Armstrong. Download the Bloomberg Connects
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, or talking with his friends. Visitors also get to enjoy an exhibit on Louis’s life and legacy, and the Armstrongs’ beautiful Japanese-inspired garden.
We strongly advise visitors take mass transit or rideshare to visit the Museum. Limited street parking is available. Alternate side parking is in effect on Thursday and Friday, from 9:30AM – 11AM.
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.
The Museum is located in the northern part of Queens, New York City, close to LaGuardia Airport.
By Subway: Take the 7 train to 103 St-Corona Plaza. Choose the exit on the north side of Roosevelt Avenue, and then take the stairs on your left. Make a right (north) onto 103rd Street. Walk two blocks and make a right onto 37th Avenue. Walk 4 short blocks and make a left onto 107th Street. The Museum is on the left side, 1/2 block north of 37th Avenue.
By Car via Long Island Expressway: Take the Long Island Expressway to exit 22 and get on the Grand Central Parkway going west towards the RFK Bridge (formerly known as Triboro Bridge). Immediately get in the left lane, take left exit 9W, and continue straight onto Northern Boulevard. Make a left turn onto 106th Street, another left onto 37th Avenue, and an immediate left again onto 107th Street. The Museum is on the left side, 1/2 block north of 37th Avenue.
By Car via RFK Bridge: Take the Grand Central Parkway going east to exit 8. Make a right at the stop sign and then an immediate left onto 31st Drive. Cross Astoria Blvd and continue 2 blocks to make a right onto Northern Boulevard. Make a left turn onto 106th Street, another left onto 37th Avenue, and an immediate left again onto 107th Street. The Museum is on the left side, 1/2 block north of 37th Avenue.