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, enjoying a meal, 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.
- Adults: $12
- Seniors (65 and older), visitors with disabilities (caregivers free of charge), active duty military, students, and children: $8
- Group rate (8 or more)*: $7
- Children under 5: Free
- Members: Free
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. Reservation is recommended for any visitor who needs special accommodations.
Saturday – Sunday: 12PM – 5PM
The Museum is shown only through guided 40-minute historic house tours that start every hour on the hour (last tour of the day starts at 4PM). The exhibit area and garden can be explored before or after the tour. No appointment is necessary, unless you are planning a group visit for at least 8 people.
Closed on all Mondays and Tuesdays and the following Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Always open on the 4th of July, in honor of Louis’s traditional birthday.
There is usually plenty of street parking available on the block, especially on weekdays. 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) of the Museum is wheelchair-accessible. The historic house tour requires the ability to climb two sets of steep stairs and to stand for 40 minutes. 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.