AJM members can visit our Jazz Museum Partners for free (no entry fee), and members of our Jazz Museum Partner museums are welcome to visit the AJM for free (no entry fee).
We hope our members enjoy their exhibits and museum tours, and we hope their members enjoy our exhibits and museum tours!
Louis Armstrong was an international celebrity who could have lived anywhere. Yet in 1943, he and his wife, Lucille, settled in a modest house in Corona, Queens (New York City, USA), where they lived for the remainder of their lives. No one has lived in the house since the Armstrongs, and the house and its furnishings remain very much as they were during Louis and Lucille’s lifetime. Today, the Louis Armstrong House Museum is open to the public, offering guided tours of Louis’s long time home. On the tour, audio clips from Louis’s homemade recordings are played, and visitors hear Louis practicing his trumpet, enjoying a meal, or talking with his friends. Visitors also get to enjoy an exhibit on Louis’s life and legacy, and the Armstrongs’ beautiful Japanese-inspired garden. The collection has been called “the largest publicly held archival collection in the world devoted to a jazz musician” by author Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal.
Kansas City’s Local 627, African-American Musicians Union, founded in 1917, and known as the Mutual Musicians Foundation, still stands in Kansas City, Missouri, USA’s historic 18th and Vine district. A living museum, the Foundation preserves and develops Kansas City’s rich musical heritage. The Mutual Musicians Foundation is as an international hub utilizing the city’s most recognized international product; jazz, solely for the benefit of its most treasured resource; musicians past, present and future. Don’t miss the legendary jam sessions: Since 1930, musicians have gathered at the Foundation on Friday and Saturday nights after midnight to jam into the early morning hours.