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“A true treasure of American music history”

Louis Armstrong House Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Corona
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The legacy of the legendary jazz instrumentalist and vocalist, Louis Armstrong, is preserved at this Queens museum.
Reviewed 14 August 2018

We visited on a weekday, having arrived a day early for a Mets game. My wife & I are both music teachers, and we were very excited to visit here. An easy walk from the Holiday Inn Laguardia where we stayed, we arrived to find it uncrowded. Bought tickets and waited in the gift shop. It starts with a brief video, then you are guided upstairs to the house he and his wife lived out their days in. First, a mention of the sign on the wall, since it bears repeating; To take the tour you need to be able to climb two steep sets of stairs & stand on your own for almost an hour. If you're not able, your tourmates will be very nervous, and hopefully be as kind to you as we were. OK, the tour itself was simply not like anything I've ever done. Not a museum, it is their house, as it was in the 70's. You'll see their rooms decorated as they were, and feel what it was like to have been graciously welcomed by an international superstar who lived a very simple life in Queens. You will hear recordings of Louis talking into his tape deck, and it will give you chills. If you are a music history buff, a fan of jazz, or just love to be transported back in time, this place is for you.

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

The family went to the Louis Armstrong Museum for Father's Day. This was Louis's house that he lived in for the last thirty years of his life. It was a working class neighborhood and he was great to the neighborhood kids. He and his wife filled it with the best technology of the day, but kept it humble outside. Great man and a great story.

2  Thank RM234
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Lovers of Louis Armstrong's music or anyone with a heart couldn't help but love this place. Louis' big smile and kind nature just seems to be in the walls. The house is so interesting. Dedicated, knowledgeable guides will bring you through playing some fascinating recordings of Louis and Lucille just hanging out in their beloved home. I felt happy just being there. You will too. Fascinating walk from the subway stsyion through the vibrant Latino neighbourhood. Go - it's worth the trip!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

alot of history here left by louis armstrong very good place to take your kids to learn about a very important man

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

If you can spare a couple of hours to find this house on an unassuming Corona street, make sure you time your visit to take a guided tour. Even if you are not particularly a music enthusiast, this is a wonderful opportunity to walk through the house as it was when Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille lived there. You'll learn about the career and life challenges and accomplishments of this icon, sometimes in his own voice (recordings are utilized in various rooms) so you get a little feel for the man and the times.

There is also a small gift shop and movie as well. The whole experience was fascinating and touching. My only issue was that our tour guide, an older woman, sometimes referred to historical events in the civil rights movement as (and I'm paraphrasing here) "when we had those racial troubles." Her manner and terminology gave me the impression that she was not only minimizing these events as some blip of history, but was unaware of their significance then and unaware of the civil rights issues that still confront us now. She was otherwise very knowledgeable about the house and the history of its inhabitants and clearly enthusiastic for her job.

On a completely different (practical) note, be advised that there are steps to climb on this tour in very narrow staircases of the old house, so if you have mobility issues I would recommend contacting the museum ahead of time.

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