The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens

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Photo Credits: http://www.iloveoldny.com

Photo Credits: http://www.iloveoldny.com

“I urge you to hold tight to the banister as you walk up the stairs, just like Louis did for almost 30 years.  It’s the closest you’ll get to touching the legend.”

…So starts the tour of Louis Armstrong’s house in Corona, Queens.  Unlike a lot of other museums in New York, this is the actual house where the jazz legend and his wife Lucille lived for most of their adult life, until he eventually passed away in his sleep in the upstairs bedroom.  (Which, yes, you get to see.)  Kept exactly as it was when he was living, this is truly a tribute house honoring his life and legacy.

Photo Credit: http://www.iloveoldny.com Photo Credit: http://www.iloveoldny.com

The 40 minute guided tour takes you through the father of jazz’s home, giving fun anecdotes of his life and playing actual recordings of Louis talking to his wife, friends, and playing his trumpets.  Such a special experience, I had goosebumps galore!

An obvious must-do if you’re a Louis fan already, but even if you’ve only ever heard his music at the cocktail portion of weddings, this is still an enjoyable and entertaining tour that can definitely be appreciated, if just from a design and history perspective.  I mean, just look at their kitchen!

Photo Credit: http://www.iloveoldny.comDespite the fact that Louis was a millionaire (in 1943!) and could have lived in any Park Avenue penthouse his little heart desired, he and his wife chose to live in the working class neighborhood in Queens, living a very simple and humble life.  The neighborhood children adored him, and some still come back regularly to the house to pay homage to him today.  Louis is quoted as saying, “I am here with the black people, the Puerto Rican people, the Italian people, the Hebrew cats, and there’s food in the Frigidaire.  What else could I want?”  Well said, Louis, well said.

Do you have a favorite Louis Armstrong song?  Share below!

WHERE: Louis Armstrong House
34-56 107th Street
Queens, New York
 
WHEN: Tours start every hour, on the hour.
 
TICKETS: Adults $10, Students and Seniors $7 

 

Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New York...as used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.

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