About the Expansion

The New Orleans Jazz Museum 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 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 inside, but only a fraction of this collection is on display.

Currently, the Jazz Museum is in Phase One of a major expansion to include new educational initiatives, exterior lighting, entrance, museum store, café, sculpture garden and more interactive exhibition elements.


The Jazz Museum is currently expanding its educational programming, engaging K-12 schools, universities, and adults in lifelong learning opportunities. In addition to school tours, summer camp opportunities and internships, key partnerships like that with the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park provide rich historical context and immersion in jazz through presentations, exhibits and concerts.

The Jazz Museum is also committed to the furthering the legacy of jazz though the development of the next generation of musicians – partnering with organizations like the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) and the Trombone Shorty Academy to identify and cultivate young talent through master classes and mentorship.

Get Involved

You can support the expansion of the Jazz Museum directly by purchasing a ticket to the Improvisations Gala.

The Jazz Museum master plan for expansion was developed in consultation with Gallagher & Associates, Solomon Group and Eskew, Dumez, Ripple Architects. If you are interested in learning more about our expansion plans please contact us.