With Louis Armstrong: The Offstage Story of Satchmo (Collector’s Press) by Michael Cogswell, the sophisticated book of his personal life having already hit shelves this August, the Season of Satchmo continues with Louis Armstrong’s home opening as a historic museum to honor his life.
The Louis Armstrong House & Archives, the Corona, Queens, home where Armstrong and his wife Lucille lived from 1943 until his death in 1971 will open for house tours on Thursday, October 16. The house, already considered a national historic landmark by 1977, recently completed a $1.6 million renovation. On display at the museum is a striking collection of memorabilia, including Armstrong’s trumpets, his personal scrapbooks and rare photographs.
To enhance your visiting experience, pick up a copy of the aforementioned Louis Armstrong: The Offstage Story of Satchmo, the official book of the house, which serves somewhat as a companion to the tour. Both can be enjoyed on their own, however, as the book has published more than 300 never-before-seen photographs of Armstrong and provides exciting insight into the life of one of jazz’s most important figures.
The Armstrong House is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday, with weekend hours from noon until 5 p.m. Tours last approximately 40 minutes. General admission is $8 while students and seniors need only cough up a measly $4. Members of the Louis Armstrong Museum are admitted free of charge.
For more info on the book and Armstrong’s house visit http://satchmo.net.Originally Published