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 musicatthemint.org. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Explore Jazz In the heart of the French Quarter

The New Orleans Jazz Museum (NOJM) is strategically located in the Old U.S. Mint—built in 1838—at the juncture of the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street where Esplanade Avenue meets the river, an epicenter of live music in the city. The Museum celebrates the origins, evolution, and continuing relevance of New Orleans jazz.

The 3rd floor Performing Arts Center of the New Orleans Jazz Museum  incorporates production, recording and web broadcasting of live music and theatrical performances, lectures, symposia, oral histories, video interviews, and curatorial panels. The Performing Arts Center provides the opportunity to link the artifacts and exhibits with the living musical and cultural traditions of the region through a variety of avenues, including live musical and theatrical performances, web streaming, lectures, symposia, conferences, and curatorial presentations.

Donations to our ongoing endeavor can be made through The Louisiana Museum Foundation, 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 and New Orleans Jazz 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.


Current Exhibits

Women of Note

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.

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.

Prospect 4

The fourth iteration of Prospect New Orleans’ international art exhibition, Prospect.4 (P.4), opened to the public at the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Saturday, November 18th, 2017. P.4 brings together 73 artists from North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the European powers that colonized New Orleans, addressing issues of identity, displacement and cultural hybridity within the context of the celebration of the city’s Tricentennial. 

The theme, The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, alludes to the city’s unique cultural landscape as a creative force. The artists featured were identified and selected by P.4 Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker and their placement at NOJM was determined in collaboration with NOJM’s curatorial team, taking into consideration how the museum could best complement the distinctive style of each individual contributor. These artists include Larry Achiampong, Michael Armitage, Satch Hoyt, Rashid Johnson, Darryl Montana, Rivane Neuenschwander, Dario Robleto, Hank Willis Thomas, Peter Williams, and the late Louis Armstrong. Learn more: prospectneworleans.org

Reel to Real: The Louis Armstrong Collages

Louis Armstrong, nicknamed "Satchmo," a trumpeter and singer born in New Orleans who went on to become one of America's most esteemed jazz musicians and - as its cultural ambassador - introduced jazz to the world, was also a visual artist whose creativity is currently on display in Reel-to-Real: Louis Armstrong Collages at the New Orleans Jazz Museum as a component of Prospect 4, New Orleans' annual, citywide art exhibition. In the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, a collection of Armstrong's reel-to-reel tape boxes decorated with his handmade collages are on loan from the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, N.Y., where the trumpeter and his wife Lucille lived from 1943 until his death in 1971.

The show includes 28 square tape boxes out of the more than 500-piece collection of boxes and scrapbooks Armstrong created over more than 20 years. His reel-to-reel tapes, recording performances, radio interviews, commentary and other audio, were often gifts to friends and family. Armstrong would glue newspaper clippings, photographs of fellow musicians and movie stars or other ephemera with sentimental quotations onto the box covers. Louis Armstrong’s reel to reel tape box collages have never been shown in New Orleans before the current display in the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

Our Collection

The New Orleans Jazz Museum is located in the historic Old U.S. Mint, which is strategically located at the intersection of
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.

 

ADMISSIONS

Adults - $6 | Students, senior citizens, active military - $5 |  Children 6 and under - Free 

CONTACT

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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