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In most of America, the words "National Park" and "jazz" may be seemingly unrelated. However, in New Orleans, there is a National Park specifically to commemorate the history of jazz in its birthplace, New Orleans. The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park was created in 1994 to commemorate this memorable musical legacy.

  • Entrance to museum
  • Perseverance Hall No. 4 - the main site of the park
  • Entrance to Louis Armstrong Park
Located in the heart of New Orleans French Quarter, the park's primary visitor center is located at 916 N. Peters Street and is a good starting point to learn about the history and culture of New Orleans jazz. Only in the Jazz National Historic Park do park rangers demonstrate their musical skills through jazz performances.

One building dominates the park: the Perseverance Hall No. 4. Originally a Masonic Lodge, built around 1820, it is actually the oldest Masonic temple in Louisiana. During the early 1900s both black and white organizations rented the hall for concerts, dances, and recitals, making it the starting venue for many jazz musicians, thus its rightful place in the state park.

Visitors who come to the park have the chance to explore and immerse themselves in the history of this uniquely American style of music.