Life of Louis
Known worldwide as Satchmo, Louis Armstrong was one of the founding-fathers of Jazz. Armstrong would sit on the stoop of this building in Corona and would play his trumpet and sing for the kids and families just for the love of the people, the city, and the music. The same way that Armstrong wished to educate and influence the culture, the Louis Armstrong House and museum has taken that goal on. While preserving the history of Jazz for display they also offer tours hourly, every day of the week!
The Mission of the Music
The Louis Armstrong House works to highlight all aspects of the musical legend’s life. Armstrong had a large cultural influence, his history is rich and full of hardships and triumphs, and his legacy has been heard around the world. The museum has worked hard to preserve every aspect of the historical house and land. Because Armstrong was so influential, it is not just music that people loved, and the museum puts other possessions and materials on display pushing the information of his life past the music. Education and inspiration are the main goals for which the museum strives to pass on to guests and music lovers of all ages.
The Satchmo Collection
This is a constantly growing collection, consisting of memorabilia, photos, and other Armstrong-related material. All of these materials are being compiled from things that Armstrong’s friends, fans, and collectors have saved and now donated to the museum. One of the highlighted artifacts is a 1934 Selmer Trumpet and mouthpiece that was given to Armstrong by King George V of England!
A Top Pick from Don Wildman
“The Louis Armstrong House Museum is the place to begin your Satchmo education. Armstrong was one of the fundamental artists of American jazz. Take the short subway ride from Grand Central to visit the home in Flushing, Queens where he lived and died. It’s packed with memorabilia that helps in the understanding of this influential trumpeter and the great music he created.”
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Getting to the Louis Armstrong House
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