Visual Arts

Preservation Hall at Fifty: Celebrating Jazz Featuring photographs by Shannon Brinkman


In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Preservation Hall, the Louisiana State Museum launched a major exhibition at the Old U.S. Mint titled “Preservation Hall at 50.” The exhibition opened on November 5 and will run throughout 2012.

In keeping with the memorable occasion, the world-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band kicked off the festivities at a special preview party on November 4. Preservation Hall officially opened its doors at 726 St. Peter Street on June 8, 1961 and has remained the city’s premier venue for the performance of original, traditional New Orleans-style jazz ever since. It is a mecca for tourists and locals alike who wish to come and hear the authentic sounds of early New Orleans jazz in the city where the genre began.

Co-curated by Preservation Hall and the Louisiana State Museum, “Preservation Hall at 50” tells the story of the New Orleans music landmark from the early 1960s to the present through artifacts, photographs, posters, handbills, flyers, newspaper articles, phonograph records, film and audio clips, interviews and oral histories. The exhibition extends through three galleries on the second floor of the Old U.S. Mint.

Photographer Shannon Brinkman and radio documentarian Eve Abrams, authors of the Golden Anniversary book Preservation Hall, add to the exhibition with large color images and oral histories of today’s Preservation Hall musicians. The works of other contemporary photographers are also on display, including some famous names like Annie Liebovitz and New Orleans-based Syndey Byrd.



Old U.S. Mint, Louisiana State Museum

400 Esplanade Ave

new orleans, LA, LA 70116


$6 entry


Tuesdays (10:00 AM - 04:30 PM)
Wednesdays (10:00 AM - 04:30 PM)

Thursdays (10:10 AM - 04:30 PM)

Fridays (10:00 AM - 04:30 PM)

Saturdays (10:00 AM - 04:30 PM)

Sundays (10:00 AM - 04:30 PM)
. Until December 31