Exhibits & Programs

Our main program is the historic house tour that we give every day, every hour on the hour, but we also have other programs, activities, and special events. Sign up for e-Pops, our email subscription list, to make sure you always know what’s happening at the Museum.


Our permanent exhibit, Satchmo's Stuff: Highlights from the Museum Collection, features the best and most interesting artifacts from our Collections, including Armstrong's gold-plated trumpet, manuscripts, photos, clothing, and a sample of some of the collage work that Louis created in his spare time. The exhibit can be viewed before or after your historic house tour, during our normal hours of operation.

Also on display is our new exhibit: Genius at Work Louis Armstrong in the Recording Studio. It is a collection of photographs and artifacts from the Louis Armstrong House Museum capturing Satchmo making some of his finest records.

In becoming the world's largest archives devoted to a single jazz musician the Louis Armstrong House Museum has acquired not only recordings, but photographs, scores and other artifacts to demonstrate Armstrong hard at work recording his masterpieces. These treasures offer an intimate glimpse into what went on during the sessions and will hopefully whet one's appetite to listen to this timeless music with fresh appreciation.

Come visit us to see straight from the archives: Louis's handwritten lyrics sheets from his 1961 summit meeting with Duke Ellington; rare photographs and sheet music from the epic 1954 album, "Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy"; a photograph and score from a "Hot Seven" date for Decca in 1941; treasures from Armstrong and Dave Brubeck's challenging work, "The Real Ambassadors"; and more!


In celebration of Louis Armstrong’s traditional birthday (July 4th, 1900), the museum stays open every 4th of July, and we offer 10% off in the Museum Store. Join the birthday celebration with free birthday cake, served in the Armstrong’s Japanese-inspired garden!


Each summer, the Museum invites local, up-and-coming trad jazz artists and bands to perform in the Museum's beautiful Japanese-inspired garden. Past performers include the Bria Skonberg Quartet, Baby Soda Jazz Band, Gordon Au and the Grand Street Stompers, and Grandpa Musselman and His Syncopators.


Pops is Tops, an annual concert series for local schoolchildren, is our longest running program. More than 1,600 kids from all over Queens gather in the Armstrong’s garden every May for jazz concerts by world famous musicians. By invitation only. Sponsored, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


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