Museums >American Italian Renaissance
537 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7013029.947735 -90.066107
Neighborhoods: French Quarter - CBD, Central Business District
Chronicle of contributions from the other landmass shaped like a boot. – The History
Italian immigrants who flocked to a young New Orleans made up one of the largest collective ingredients in our flavorful and historic cultural gumbo. The first-ever jazz recording, for instance, was made by a band with Italian-American leader Nick LaRocca. Nowhere are the accomplishments of Italian-Americans on the city's business and cultural landscapes celebrated more than at this rich and unassuming three-story facility next to the Lykes building near the Piazza d'Italia.
Organized shortly after the 1984 World's Fair (and housing many pieces from the event's Italian Village), AIRFM hosts guided tours through its Hall of Honors, sports hall of fame and extensive exhibition space, which features family histories with recognizable names like Cusimano and Messina, plus showcases on Italian-American contributions to New Orleans' hallmarks such as Mardi Gras and music. A tape library houses more than 200 audio history lessons, while a collection of letters and academic research document the Crescent City's Italian connection.
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