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Louis Armstrong House Museum

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Louis Armstrong House Museum

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3456 107th St, Corona, NY 11368-1226
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111th StNew York City Subway8 min
Court Square – 23rd StNew York City Subway7 min
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New York World's Fair Site: Explore its utopian future on an audio tour
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New York World's Fair Site: Explore its utopian future on an audio tour

This self-guided audio tour will take you through the fairgrounds for the historic New York City World’s Fairs of 1939-40 and 1964-65. We’ll visit iconic sites of both fairs, hearing about the architecture, design and history of the famous Unisphere, The New York State Pavilion and the temporary headquarters of the United Nations, now the Queens Museum. <br><br>You’ll hear about the origins of the park, which inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald when it was an eyesore ash heap, and how that was transformed into beautiful fairgrounds and then into a major city park. You’ll hear about the colorful history of the fairs’ exhibits and pavilions, which includes the infamous feud between artist Andy Warhol and controversial mega-developer Robert Moses.<br><br>It’s best to take this tour during the day, when the Queens Museum is open, so that you can pop in and see the New York City Panorama, which is an enormous scale model of all of New York City. Please check the museum’s hours beforehand.
US$5.00 per adult
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Bob Q wrote a review Mar. 2020
Brooklyn, New York93 contributions52 helpful votes
There can be no argument that Louis Armstrong was a Royal. As the King of Jazz, Armstrong could have lived in palaces anywhere in the world. His wife bought this house eight months before he set foot into it. Once he did, he was home and didn't want to leave. He made a life here and enjoyed the working class neighbors he was surrounded by. He was inspired by this place to write "It's a Wonderful Life". This very public man never let his fame go to his head like so many others. I just returned from a tour of this very modest house in the middle of Queens, off the beaten track. I have been smiling since and wanted to share my joy with you. Just as he shared his joy with us. If you get a chance, drop into Louis' house. (I hope you are lucky enough to get Jovan as your tour guide.)
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Date of experience: March 2020
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christopherbO9687MP wrote a review Dec. 2019
Acton, Massachusetts238 contributions32 helpful votes
I enjoyed visiting the Louis Armstrong home for its fine collection of memorabilia (he tended to collect a lot of music-related artifacts during his many trips) and because his wife made sure the house remained pretty much as it was furnished when he passed away in 1971. Many of the rooms have the decor that was popular in the 1960s & 1970s (the kitchen was a classic from that era). Interesting to both music fans and architecture fans will be Louis' restored den, which is laid out as the miniature recording studio he used for the last years of his life. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about Armstrong's overall life history and his impact on the American & international jazz scene. The gift shop has a lot of historic Armstrong recordings available. Note a much larger Louis Armstrong Museum welcome center (the existing house will remain pretty much as it is) is under construction to hold all of his historic artifacts; fans might want to wait until 2020 when that Center opens.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Alan H wrote a review Nov. 2019
Aberdeen, Scotland546 contributions152 helpful votes
As a trumpet player, in (among other things) a "New Orleans " style jazz band, this visit was a priority on our NYC trip. The house is preserved exactly as Louis and Lucille had it, and their personal touches are everywhere. It was quite amazing to see the desk he sat at in his den while practicing the trumpet, and to hear the many clips of him philosophising, playing or just chatting, recorded on his own state of the art equipment! Our guide was lovely and gave so much detail in her presentation, and the small gift shop has some unique merchandise. And as an extra treat, by prior arrangement I was allowed to visit the Armstrong archive at nearby Queens College, where I had the honour of playing some of Louis' trumpets, an unforgettable experience. I will certainly return, when the new education centre, performance venue and catering outlet are finished, across the street and in the house next door. Highly recommended, especially for fans and music lovers.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Mary T wrote a review Nov. 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina2,651 contributions168 helpful votes
If you are going to be in the neighborhood, be sure yo take this in. But if not, I would not recommend it unless you are a huge jazz or Louis fan. You have to take the tour, which is offered hourly on the hour. Friendly personnel. Nice little gift shop. No photos allowed (wonder why).
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Date of experience: November 2019
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faceofweed wrote a review Nov. 2019
Ridgewood, New York373 contributions48 helpful votes
A really cool house inhabited by two very cool people. The tour is a great excuse to get over to Corona.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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