Hermann-Grima House
Hermann-Grima House
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
This restored French Quarter home built in 1831, includes a Federalist architectural façade, original operating open-hearth kitchen, urban slave quarters, and expansive courtyard. The Urban Enslavement Tour at Hermann-Grima House, looks at the experiences of those who were enslaved in an urban setting, how that differed from those enslaved in rural settings, and how the contributions of people of African descent have shaped New Orleans. Condé Nast Traveler voted it one of the best tours in New Orleans and the only tour listed from a museum. We believe that nothing tells a story like a home. In addition, the property’s 19th-century carriage house is home to the The Exchange Shop, originally founded in the 1881 by The Woman’s Exchange and one of the oldest women-led non-profits in the South.
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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • Aimee7939
    Boston, Massachusetts5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Tour Guide
    This historical home was in very good condition, which was cool, but the best was our tour guide, Robert. He was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. The experience was a perfect compliment to the Whitney Plantation, showing the contrast in different enslaved peoples lives and honoring their lives.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Colleen K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredibly informative and intriguing.
    I have visited New Orleans several times, and I am a little embarrassed to admit I have never been on this tour till this past visit. A very kind and knowledgeable docent greeted us. The hour tour was so packed with information and history, I feel as though I received a semester's worth of knowledge in an hour's time. Jemima is an outstanding historian, and while you're learning from her, you feel steeped in the past with the backdrop of a pre-war mansion. I can't recommend this tour enough. If you're visiting New Orleans make it a priority to go, it's also affordable and the gift shop has a great selection of unique items from local artists.
    Visited October 2023
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Sharon G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Behind the Scenes Tour
    Ever wonder how the other half lived? See the backyard dwellings and learn about the lives of the enslaved who kept it all running. Then enter the main mansion and revisit historic New Orleans. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and open to learning from some of us historic buffs as well.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Bruce W
    Dover, Delaware51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great opportunity to view an 1850s period home in the French Quarter for a reasonable price
    My Wife and I really enjoyed the Creole Death and Mourning tour put on at the Gallier House on Royal St. in New Orleans. The home has been restored to 1850s condition as much as practical (It had been updated over the years), and the Guide was very friendly and appeared to be quite knowledgeable. The cost of the Tour was reasonable, and took about an hour.
    Visited October 2023
    Written 24 October 2023
  • 8baller38
    Denver, Colorado1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hermann-Grima House Urban Enslavement tour
    Robert was our tour guide and he was excellent. He had a great personality and was very entertaining in the way he delivered information regarding all aspects of the mansion including the slave quarters, the outdoor/ courtyard area and the interior of the house. Robert was very informative/knowledgeable and passionate about the homes storied past. My wife and I took 5 tours in New Orleans and this tour was our favorite. Would highly recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Adventure789452
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic visit
    The tour was intimate and wonderful. The tour guide, who had lived in Boston where I am from, was so wonderful and delightful. She shared her deep knowledge with group in a such a down to earth way. The information shared was very helpful in my ongoing work with the Malta Historic Society and the Notarial Archives in Malta. Highly recommend this museum (and it has an amazing gift shop that only has gifts/art made by local woman artists).
    Visited October 2023
    Written 1 November 2023
  • MPGeeee
    Saint Louis, Missouri1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see in New Orleans
    Taking this tour will open your eyes to the architecture of New Orleans. You'll never see the houses in the French Quarter the same. This tour discusses the urban (city) enslavement, and I recommend it as a companion to touring the Whitney Plantation to witness the true history of our nation's past and current conditions. Knowledgable and great staff!
    Visited November 2023
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Crabbie
    Chicago, Illinois7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational, be aware of tour schedule
    A very educational, concise guide about urban slavery history. The guide is very knowledgeable. Be aware that tours only start at certain time of the day and there’s no self-guided tour. I went first time at like 11:10am and couldn’t get in. Booking a tour with them in advance could also be helpful.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 November 2023
  • lawrence m
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and insightful tour!
    I really enjoyed this tour. A fascinating insight into the lives of a wealthy family and the lives of the slaves that served them. The tour of the house and slave quarters by the hugely knowledgeable guide makes this a visceral travel back in time experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Emma C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    Got tickets online the night before. Took the urban enslavement tour, was great. The tour guide was awesome, wish I could remember his name, he was very friendly, eccentric, and knowledgeable. Would recommend.
    Visited January 2024
    Written 15 January 2024
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mcdedrick
Albany, NY1,503 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
What a wonderful history filled tour of a storied old New Orleans mansion. Told by our knowledgeable guide through the eyes of what the enslaved people who worked there experienced, our guide really brought the story to life for us. Also we got to see people cooking a typical meal for the times in the same outside kitchen area that would have been used by the family’s enslaved people. Also, a great gift shop at the end of the tour where I found lots of interesting things made by local New Orleans residents.
Written 2 May 2024
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royjuju
Cynthiana, KY50 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
I found the tour very interesting. The tour guy was very informative but i do feel that this tour would be better with 2 hours rather than 1 hour. Also would have been better if the guide had a microphone, as even though i feel he was trying to address everyone, at times when he turned away it was difficult to hear.
Written 15 April 2024
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Angel
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Essential historical tour while in New Orleans. I’m so glad I went. Learned so much. Objective info. A+++++++++++++++
Written 9 April 2024
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JimBaggins
Hood River, OR1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Staying in the French Quarter and found this lovely tour right in the heart of the Quarter and walked past this house without realizing this was even there! It was really amazing to see what lies right in the heart of this historic and festive district and still getting a realistic understanding of urban slavery. And at $17 per adult and $14 for students, military and seniors (under 8 are free!), this is the best bang for your buck in the French Quarter! (Honestly, cheaper than a 12" po-boy).

Judith was our tour guide, and the epitome of Southern charm and class as well as being very knowledgeable and patient with the questions and comments from the younger members of our group.

We were shown the opulence of the rich owners as a counterpoint of how the servants had to live. It could have been a Downton Abbey European manor with the upstairs/downstairs difference between the classes but with the unique 19th century American tradition of having enslaved people being the workers and servants.

Let's face it, slavery was as much a part of the growth of America (especially the South) as the steam engine was a part of the Industrial Revolution, and to deny or try to imagine that it wasn't is like saying that the Wright Bros. had nothing to do with airplanes.

Our family's takeaway was that at that time, everyone either had slaves or wanted them, because it was a status symbol and part the misleading system that the government supported at the time. We learned that even freed Blacks at the time owned slaves, which was eye opening. Was it right? (morally no, but culturally yes), and that the slaves that lived here were some of the highest ranked in slave hierarchy because they were domestic servants and were regarded as more skilled and valuable in opposition to field hands that worked on plantations.

This tour didn't make my kids feel bad about themselves because it was more about a time when these things were accepted and a part of everyday society. I am sure that there will be things that are common practice today that future generations will be embarrassed about, but the history of the Hermann-Grima House and its occupants are an important reminder of a history that we should accept, learn from, and try not to repeat.

To quote the kids, "Slavery was pretty messed up, but that tour was dope".
Written 31 March 2024
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Jarballo13
Kennewick, WA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
One of the best tours we have been on in New Orleans. The Gallier House is astonishing. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, he answered every question the group had and knew absolutely everything about the house, down to what type of wood the furniture was made of! Absolutely recommended!
Written 29 March 2024
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Eileen C
Bellows Falls, VT20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024
Did you ever wonder what it is like inside one of those brick beauties in the French Quarter during their 19th century heyday? This tour will please! Lovingly restored, this 1860 vintage townhouse is a step back in time. Our guide was wonderful and knowledgeable about the architect-owner, his family, and the home's insulated people and their daily lives. Soulful and impressive. Thank you!
Written 25 March 2024
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John D
Atlanta, United States16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The tour was amazing, the plantation was as if we were seeing it on TV. I recommend everyone go on this tour. The movement through out the house for the slaves.
Written 23 March 2024
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Renee K
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
My tour at the Hermann-Grima House on urban enslavement was extremely interesting and educational. The docent, Robert, was very well-versed in the history of the home and the region. The house is pristine in its preservation and the furnishings really bring it to life.
Written 22 March 2024
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Safari325282
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We were presented an intimate portrait of lives as domestic slaves and their relationship to the household. The house is beautiful and well preserved.
Written 15 March 2024
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Patricia S
Jacksonville, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
My sisters and I thoroughly enjoyed touring the Gallier and Hermann-Grima historic homes with highly capable docents Ariety and Danielle.
Written 15 March 2024
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