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New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Julie Schexnayder French Quarter Fest 2019

About the Park

Date Authorized: Oct. 31, 1994 (Public Law 103-433)
Superintendent: Charles Hunt
Deputy Superintendent: Rebecca Lasell
Phone: (504) 589-3882
Hours: Operations have moved to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve French Quarter Visitor Center, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Closed on Federal holidays.



In 1987, the 100th U.S. Congress resolved that "Jazz is hereby designated as a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support, and resources to make sure it is preserved, understood and promulgated."

The park's mission is to serve the nation as a global leader in the promulgation of New Orleans jazz by enhancing and instilling a public appreciation and understanding of the origins, early history, development and progression of this uniquely American music art form - jazz. To preserve unimpaired this cultural resource and it's core values for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

Purpose of the Park:

The following statements describe the primary reasons why the park was created. They influence management priorities and are central to decisions about how the park should be developed and managed.
The purpose of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is to

  • Preserve resources and information that are associated with the origins and early development of jazz in New Orleans
  • Enhance opportunities for visitors to experience and appreciate the sights and sounds of early jazz and the places where early jazz evolved
  • Interpret the origins, history, and progression of jazz
  • Promote and assist the education of students in various forms of jazz in order to perpetuate its continued evolution as a true American art form

Significance of the Park:

The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is significant because:

  • New Orleans is widely recognized as the birthplace of jazz and the sites and structures associated with the early history of jazz remain in the city.
  • Jazz is America's most widely recognized indigenous music art form; performance and appreciation of jazz is worldwide.
  • Many distinctive social and traditional practices associated with the origins of jazz continue in New Orleans today.

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Who knew there was a National Park devoted to jazz music, where even the Park Rangers play play for you? Only in New Orleans! They are not only performing, but they're preserving. Stand where jazz legends played, and explore the stories that will inspire you to connect with our National Parks. Parks aren't just about nature they also honor our trailblazers. Find Your Park, and stand where heroes stood.

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National parks are more than rolling hills and majestic trees. New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park celebrates a living legacy of musical traditions. Join Outdoor Afro Founder and CEO Rue Mapp as she explores this unique park. Find your park and stand where heroes stood:


Last updated: December 9, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130


For best response, please call during business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Central time.

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