New Orleans Jazz Museum

New Orleans Jazz Museum: Hours, Address, New Orleans Jazz Museum Reviews: 4/5

New Orleans Jazz Museum
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Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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The New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates jazz in the city where it was born. Through dynamic interactive exhibits, multigenerational educational programming, reaserch facilities, and engaging musical performances, the music New Orleans made famous is explored in all its forms. Housed in the historic Old U.S. Mint, strategically located at the intersection of the French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street live music corridor, the New Orleans Jazz Museum is in the heart of the city’s music scene. 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.
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Neighborhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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AHW676
Kansas City, MO3,776 contributions
So given that New Orleans is kind of a mecca for jazz, I found this particular venue quite underwhelming. The admission price was modest enough ($8 for adults) and included a few displays from the New Orleans US Mint. But outside of that, the museum displays were kind of primitive and limited, and a large portion of the museum was actually dedicated to paintings by Noel Rockmore and his daughter, Emilie Rhys. And this is fine, but even the portions that were dedicated to jazz consisted mostly of photos of musicians and a handful of instruments and records. I did not feel immersed in jazz, and did not even leave the venue wanting to listen to jazz.

Because the museum was housed in the old US Mint, there were a few displays in the basement of coins and coin pressing machines and balances. There is no place to check in a coat or packages, so if you happen to visit on a day that you bought a lot of souvenirs from the French Market, you'll have to carry it around with you.
Written February 27, 2021
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AHW676
Kansas City, MO3,776 contributions
Friends
This was a nice sized venue, but really had only a few exhibits, not even all of which were about jazz. Some of the exhibits were about local visual artists. So while was worth a short visit, it was much smaller for what we expected from a city known extensively for its jazz.
Written February 21, 2022
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donnaa80
Bethlehem, PA67 contributions
A must-see when you visit NOLA. We toured the museum in an hour or so and saw lots of artifacts, but what stood out was the Louis Prima exhibit, which is outstanding! I'm a bit of a museum junkie, and personnel had answers to all of our questions and were really friendly. The museum is in a former mint, so the location and grounds are very cool too. It's an easy walk from anywhere you stay in the French Quarter.
Written March 17, 2022
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA360 contributions
This is a relatively small museum in the historic New Orleans Mint building. There is no comprehensive exhibit on the history of jazz, which is a bit unfortunate, but the three main galleries on Louis Prima, Professor Longhair, and drumming are nicely done, engaging, and well worth the modest admission price of $8.

Also on display are a small mint exhibit, Louis Armstrong's first cornet, and Fats Domino's piano, which was restored after Katrina. The museum hosts a number of performances, so definitely check the calendar to see what's going on. Although it could cover more breadth, it's a great little museum for jazz lovers.
Written February 16, 2020
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cordyroy
Mobile, AL2,341 contributions
Could have been soooo much more. There is so much missing like: History of Jazz, the clubs in NOLA, Who's who of NO Jazz and more. If it wasn't for the James MIchaelopolous paintings it would be a waste of time and money.
I hope it's a work in progress.
Written January 4, 2022
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freutmich
Kansas City708 contributions
Our teenaged daughter is a huge jazz fan and musician herself, so visiting this museum was her top goal for our trip to New Orleans. It didn't disappoint. I'll admit things weren't what I expected. There's really no "history of jazz" in the sense of tracing the overall genre from its inception to modern day performers. Instead, the exhibits during our visit focused on specific New Orleans musicians, drums, and paintings. All were really interesting. But the highlight was, without a doubt, the free daily concerts at the museum. We didn't know about them until we arrived, and we secured tickets to an outstanding live show in the afternoon. Our daughter was in heaven, and it turned out to be the best thing we did over four days in New Orleans.
Written March 18, 2022
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HA Mercer
Rancho Cucamonga, CA20 contributions
We saw a fantastic 1 hour free(!!) performance by the 323rd Biohazard Brass Band from Fort Sam Houston, TX at the museum. The museum has events on a regular basis in concert studio for the performances that is acoustically and visually well designed. I highly recommend that anyone visiting New Orleans view the Museum’s calendar to see who’s performing. As for the museum’s displays, I regret that I did not get into the main part of the museum, but from some of what I saw in the entry way, it looks like they would have some great information on the history of New Orleans and the music that lives there.
Written February 20, 2020
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Alan T
Madison, WI26 contributions
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The New Orleans Jazz Museum is housed in the historic U.S. Mint building, located at the intersection of the French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street live music corridor. It's a joint effort of the National Park Service, the State of Louisiana, Tulane University, and a bunch of other entities.

Besides the exhibits about notable New Orleans jazz figures, there's a live performance series and a state-of-the-art recording facility.

Don't expect exhibits about jazz musicians from NYC, Chicago and elsewhere. This is the New Orleans Jazz Museum and it's worth the price of admission, which is less than $10.
Written January 1, 2020
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,712 contributions
We were treated to free, live jazz music at 2 pm on a beautiful, warm February afternoon on the lawn of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. I believe it was sponsored by the National Park Service. Enter the museum from its front on Esplanade Avenue or from Barracks Street. NARM membership gets one in free. As expected the museum’s exhibits are about jazz and musicians; well done. Additionally there is fascinating information within part of the original Old U.S. Mint in which the Jazz Museum exists today. This is the only mint that produced both coin and paper money. Well worth going to this building and the mint and jazz aspects.
Written February 23, 2022
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Fred N
Austin, TX220 contributions
If you have any interest in jazz, don't miss this attraction. The museum has artifacts like Louis Armstrong's first cornet and Baby Dodd's drum set. The main attraction, though, is the free live jazz concerts at 2 p.m. daily. Great local performers.
Written June 5, 2022
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