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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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Go there for a lecture or a concert

We were welcomed at the door by Ray Carmen who grew up in Harlem and is president of the Duke... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2018
physbiz
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Worcester, Massachusetts
Interesting, but smaller than expected

The word "National" in their name suggest this is a major museum devoted to jazz. It is not. It... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2018
1NicePerson
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USA
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104 E 126th St, South side of 129th, near intersection w Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10035-1621
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Reviewed September 6, 2018

We were welcomed at the door by Ray Carmen who grew up in Harlem and is president of the Duke Ellington Society. Talking to him made the visit worthwhile. As others have pointed out, there is not much to see at the Museum, so it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank physbiz
Reviewed July 17, 2018

The word "National" in their name suggest this is a major museum devoted to jazz. It is not. It is an interesting apartment size collection of various jazz related exhibits, but mostly video screens, each with one headset for one person listening. There's a lot...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 1, 2018

I came with six people and paid $70 as suggested at the door. What a disappointment! There was not enough there to hold anyone's interest for more than about three minutes. It is about the size of a small apartment lobby and the seven of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

It is a small museum, but it will reveal. I chatted with the guy who was selling me the ticket, asked what his connection to the place was. He said something self-deprecating but it was clear he wanted to tell his story. Loren Schoenberg...go ahead,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Dee R
Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

The museum was a bit small but had some good stuff. I was expecting a little bigger of a place. The other thing was the hours are limited and when I arrived about 5 min early they were people standing there at 11 but not...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

This small museum is a gem and worth a visit, especially if you can hear some live music while you are there. Ryan was our docent and we heard the Kelly Green trio. When you come in you will see Duke Ellington's piano and several...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 20, 2018

I have to say that this is more of a gallery than a museum. It is really small and you can see the whole thing in less than an hour. The best part is the music being played when you enter. It is all the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed February 28, 2018

I arrived later than intended on a Sunday afternoon and only caught the end of the regular Sunday afternoon concert. The museum is small, but the video exhibits (with headphone) are great, and they have instruments including Duke Ellington's piano. I'm going to put this...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank JuneauCabby
Reviewed September 14, 2017 via mobile

From Ray who at 82 grew up in the neighbourhood and met many of the legends. Now president of the Duke Ellington society Ray was able to share so much of his knowledge with antidotal stories and a passion for the music. No trip to...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Krishna050
Reviewed May 23, 2017

The best jazz historical tour was given to us at the door by the president of the duke ellington society, Ray Carman. Worth any donation.

Date of experience: April 2017
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