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Historic New Orleans Collection

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Address: 533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179
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+1 504-523-4662
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09:30 - 16:30
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Sun 10:30 - 16:30
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
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The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and...

The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher in the French Quarter. The Royal Street location offers free rotating exhibitions and guided tours, including the Williams Residence tour (a tour of the home of the museum's founders) and the Architecture and Courtyards tour. Tours are $5/person; check our website for tour times.

The Williams Research Center, at 410 Chartres Street, houses our vast collection of materials relating to the history and culture of the Gulf Coast, Louisiana, and New Orleans, which is available to the public. Admission to the Research Center is free, and appointments are not necessary.

The Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art at 400 Chartres Street showcase visual art made in or by Louisianans. Admission is free. The Williams Research Center and the Nelson Galleries are open Tues-Sat.

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Wonderful museum about Louisiana and NOLA history

The docents in each section could not have been more friendly or helpful! Aside from great exhibits and curiosities, each gallery contained an interactive tablet which enabled... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A nice overview of the city's history, through historic maps and some other artifacts. Most visitors wouldn't spend a lot of time here, but it's free, so a short walk-through is good for history fans. The staff was friendly and helpful in giving mini-tours.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The docents in each section could not have been more friendly or helpful! Aside from great exhibits and curiosities, each gallery contained an interactive tablet which enabled one to examine in detail books, or manuscripts and which offered additional information. And the museum is FREE! The gift shop also contained beautifully crafted pottery and jewelry as well as more reasonably... More 

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Irvine CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Historic New Orleans Collection consists of a period home and a modest exhibit. Worth an hour or so during an afternoon in the French Quarter. Not worth a special trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of those hidden gems that many people don’t know about in New Orleans. More people should because it contains the history of the city and displays it in an interesting and unique manner. The museum is located in several places, but you should start at 533 Royal Street. It is closed on Mondays. There are several areas... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful building and displays bring old New Orleans to life for the visitor. Not to be missed and it's free!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved a recent exhibit on mercantilism in 19th century New Orleans. The exhibits change. The people working at the Collection are very friendly. The house is also open for viewing, which is a treat. Go.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

A very nice museum. Good exhibits. Take the tour of the Williams house. Plenty of good restaurants and cafes in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Very interesting museum. One of the ladies upstairs gave us a fascinating history of Louisiana. A must see.

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

The collection in this is one to take children to see. The history of the French Quarter is in this place and what a find!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

The building itself is gorgeous-a town house with a courtyard. The displays are interesting and well presented, with several docents on hand to answer questions. And it's free!

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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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