Joe “King” Oliver’s Band in San Francisco, 1922. Left to right: Ram Hall, Honoré Dutrey, King Oliver, Lil Hardin, David Jones, Johnny Dodds, James A. Palao, Ed “Montudie” Garland. New Orleans Jazz Club Collections of the Louisiana State Museum, 1978.118(B).00665.

The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint

The New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates jazz in the city where it was born.

Through dynamic interactive exhibits, multigenerational educational programming, research facilities and engaging musical performances, the music New Orleans made famous is explored in all its forms. Through partnerships with local, national and international educational institutions, the New Orleans Jazz Museum promotes the global understanding of jazz as one of the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art forms in world history. For more information on upcoming performances, visit Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Help Create the World's Premier Jazz Exhibit

The New Orleans Jazz Museum, in collaboration with the Louisiana Museum Foundation and other educational and program partners, has launched a fundraising campaign Peerless Orchestra The Peerless Orchestra at City Park or the Mandeville picnic grounds, ca. 1911. Front row, left to right: John Vigne, Charles McCurdy, Armand J. Piron, Coochie Martin. Back row: Vic Gaspard, Andrew Kimball, Oak Gaspard. New Orleans Jazz Club Collections of the Louisiana State Museum, 1978.118(B).05858.
to develop the world’s premier jazz exhibition. 

This new exhibition is designed to highlight the tremendous influence of New Orleans Jazz on the cultural fabric of the world.

When complete, the new exhibition showcase the world’s largest collection of jazz instruments, as well as an extensive collection of photographs, artifacts and other ephemera focused on the origins, evolution and continuing relevance of New Orleans jazz.

The Louisiana Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charitable organization whose mission is to administer funds and raise gifts grants and contributions for the Louisiana State Museum.

The New Orleans Jazz Museum is home to one of the foremost jazz collections in the world. Louis Armstrong’s first  cornet, Sidney Bechet’s soprano saxophone, Edward “Kid” Ory’s trombone, George Lewis’ clarinet, Warren “Baby” Dodds’ drum kit, performance costumes, photographs, original manuscripts, historic recordings and rare film footage are among the thousands of irreplaceable treasures stored here, but only a fraction of this collection is on display.

New Orleans jazz trumpeter Raymond "Dr. Rackle" Williams at the Mint Performing Arts Center, 2013. Photo by Mark J. Sindler/Louisiana State Museum.

Current Exhibits

Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans

In an unprecedented collaboration between the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York City and the Louisiana State Museum, this exhibition gives an extraordinary glimpse into Louis Armstrong’s life in New Orleans and his ensuing evolving relationship with the city after his departure. Part of the annual Satchmo Summerfest by Chevron, the exhibit will coincide with the 100th anniversary of Armstrong’s first professional gig at Henry Ponce’s, in New Orleans, in 1915. Click here for more information.

Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

When Pete Fountain died Aug. 6, 2016, it was not only the passing of an icon, but also the end of the era. In tribute to this legendary icon, the Louisiana State Museum’s New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U. S. Mint presents Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast, an exhibition commemorating the life of Pete Fountain and his contributions to the world of music.

Soul of the South: Selections from the Gitter-Yelen Collection 

The exhibition has more than 60 pieces of contemporary Southern art by 34 self-taught artists. These two- and three-dimensional works of art defy labels. While this kind of art has been described as outsider, folk, naive, visionary or nontraditional, none of these terms adequately describes the art that Dr. Kurt Gitter and Alice Rae Yelen collected. Click here for more information. 


Upcoming Exhibits

Women of Note, August 3, 2017

This exciting exhibit highlights the continuum of females playing jazz in New Orleans from the music's beginnings in the early 20th century to current jazz trends in the Crescent City today.  Via photos, instruments, records, and other artifacts, the exhibition features the better known and unjustly more obscure musicians from Lil Hardin Armstrong and Blue Lu Barker through Germaine Bazzle and The Boswell Sisters to Helen Gillet, Meschiya Lake, Marla Dixon, and Aurora Nealand.

Prospect 4, November 18, 2017

Our Collection

The New Orleans Jazz Museum is located in the historic Old U.S. Mint, which is strategically located at the intersection of Esplanade Avenue entrance to the Old U.S. Mint Esplanade Avenue entrance to the Old U.S. Mint. This Greek Revival–style building, constructed 1835–1838, became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Photo by Mark J. Sindler/Louisiana State Museum.
the city’s French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street live music corridor.

The Museum is home to the world-renowned New Orleans Jazz Club Collections of the Louisiana State Museum. The New Orleans Jazz Club meticulously collected this extraordinary assemblage of jazz artifacts over several decades and donated it to the Louisiana State Museum in the late 1970s. The collection also includes artifacts collected in more recent decades.



Greg Lambousy, Director, 504.427.2190 

David Kunian, Curator of Music, 504.568-6796

Danny Kadar, Production Engineer, 504-568.2143

Kerianne Ellison, Administrative Assistant, 504.568.2569

Linda Potter, International Relations, 504.722.1183

Baylee Badawy, Web / Social Media, 216.372.8268 

Louisiana Museum Foundation

Additional Information

We will have expanded information about this project available to download here.

Updates will be added as they become available.

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