New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
Jazz musicians, the theme of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park commemorates that most American genre of music: Jazz. The park consists of four acres of leased land in Louis Armstrong Park plus several buildings, a concert venue and a visitor center a few blocks away in the French Quarter. The centerpiece of the park is Perseverance Hall #4, a Masonic Lodge built between 1819 and 1820 (making it the oldest Masonic Lodge in Louisiana). Perseverance Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 2, 1973. The entire park was listed on the National Register of Historical Places on the date of its authorization by Congress: October 31, 1994. The concert venue is in the old US Mint, along with a jazz museum on the second and third floors.
The visitor center (916 N. Peters Street) is open 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday except closed on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) and all Federal holidays. The old US Mint (400 Esplanade Avenue) offers ranger-guided tours Tuesday through Thursday noon until 4 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. The Mint is closed on all state holidays. The jazz museum, part of the Louisiana State Museum, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Perseverance Hall is open only for special events. Park headquarters (419 Decatur Street) is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm except closed on Federal holidays. The park itself is open year round with special events during April (Jazz Appreciation Month, French Quarter Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival), August (the Children's stage at Satchmo Summer Fest), October (Jazz Awareness Month), and December (seasonal concerts during Christmas New Orleans Style).
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park map
Photos and map courtesy of the National Park Service