by Michael Hsu, 03/17/2014 [Updated 09/09/2015]
Photo: Kate Glicksberg
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Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th St., 718-478-8274
In 1943, Louis Armstrong purchased a modest house in Corona with his wife, Lucille; he lived there until his death in 1971. The home now serves as a museum that honors and preserves the jazz legend's legacy. Among the largest public jazz archives in the world, the museum's collection includes homemade reel-to-reel recordings, photographs, letters and manuscripts, and Armstrong's own instruments (five trumpets and 14 mouthpieces among them). Still furnished as it was when the Armstrongs lived there, the house also has the couple's paintings and artwork on view and, out back, a Japanese-inspired garden. Guided house tours start on the hour every day except Mondays. Although the institution closes for major holidays, it's always open on July 4, in honor of Armstrong's birthday.