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M.S. Rau Antiques

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Address: 630 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: 504 523 5660
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9:00 am - 5:15 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:15 pm

M.S. Rau Antiques has been a French Quarter landmark for 100 years, earning...

M.S. Rau Antiques has been a French Quarter landmark for 100 years, earning the trust of discerning antiques collectors worldwide. Our 30,000 square foot gallery literally overflows with remarkable collections of fine art, exquisite jewelry and, of course, exceptional 18th-and 19th-century antiques, and our highly trained staff of sales associates, research associates and support personnel are second to none. Our primary mission is to provide our customers with an unparalleled antiques shopping experience. So, whether you are looking for a rare diamond, a Paul Revere sterling bowl or a painting by Renoir, you are likely to find it here, at M.S. Rau Antiques.

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The ne plus ultra of New Orleans antique stores

What a place! Full of items that are not antiques just because they are old, but rather because they are the best items in their class. I was getting dizzy from all the Tiffany... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Robert S
Lawrence, Kansas

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Lawrence, Kansas
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433 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a place! Full of items that are not antiques just because they are old, but rather because they are the best items in their class. I was getting dizzy from all the Tiffany silver sets. I may not be able to afford much of it, but I was immensely impressed with their collections and staff expertise. We went to... More 

Thank Robert S
Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an inventory, what a staff, what an experience! An hour wasn't enough, we were back a second day. I have a collectors' interest in some of the items shown - staff members were helpful, friendly and interested in my interests. No push - just the kind of people and store I hope to deal with again someday soon. Visitors... More 

Thank Europelover2014
White, Georgia
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71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

One source says what seems to be an elegant "little" shop has over 30,000 sq ft in a warren of rooms that seem to go forever. This place is fascinating, enlightening, and free. And the staff are always courteous and welcoming, which is much appreciated by this sometimes footsore fan of history and things historical. Want to see Admiral Lord... More 

1 Thank Ganfo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

An article appeared on my news feed while in NOLA calling it one of the top 13 spooky things to do while visiting. There is a "hidden room" you can ask to see by tour. The room wasn't exactly spooky but the rare items left us in awe. They have some of the most beautiful items in their showroom as... More 

1 Thank Jeanean P
Leawood, Kanasa USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Get off Bourbon Street and stroll down Royal Street with its wonderful shops. M.S. Rau's Antique shop is not to be missed. It's like walking through a history museum. The silver, china, jewelry, furniture, and many other items are gorgeous. The staff is friendly and helpful, even if it's obvious the customer is only browsing (which would be us). I've... More 

2 Thank flwrpeep
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We stopped in M.S. Rau Antiques while roaming Royal Street. It's deceptively small from the outside. Once inside there are many twists and turns. The merchandise for sale is of unbelievable quality and rarity. Gifts from the pope, large meteorites, an Enigma machine are just a few examples. The variety is astounding. The sales agents let you roam freely and... More 

2 Thank Mark O
Albany, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Walking into M.S. Rau Antiques, you'll feel like you've been transported back in time to different places and different cultures. The shop is a stunning array of artifacts from all over the world. Look closely in the cases and on all the shelves. You'll feel like you're in a museum of historic randomness. Really lovely place.

1 Thank eluper
Troy, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

A wonderful place for collectors or to "window shop" if you aren't rich enough to be a collector. Some really beautiful and unusual items and the staff was very nice to us even though we were clearly "just browsing".

5 Thank PeglegTraveler
Prairieville, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

Lots of expensive things. But fun to go in and see. Always stop by just to look. Worth it. Jewelry is amazing. Don't pass up.

1 Thank Louisiana2014
Duncan, Oklahoma
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is an internationally renown antique and art dealer. They currently have art by Renoir, Van Gogh, Monet, and Rockwell. The staff is very friendly and happy to answer any questions you have. If you have a group, they will do tours, time permitting.


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