by Michael Hsu, 01/28/2014 [Updated 02/04/2015]
Photo: Julienne Schaer
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th St., 718-478-8274
In 1943 Louis Armstrong purchased this modest-size house in Corona with his wife, Lucille, and lived there until his death, in 1971. It 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, rare photographs, letters and manuscripts, and Armstrong's own instruments (among them, five trumpets and 14 mouthpieces). 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 tours start every hour on the hour and are offered every day the house is open. Although the museum closes on Mondays and major holidays, it's always open on July 4, in honor of Armstrong's birthday.