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Historic New Orleans Collection

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Address: 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: 504-523-4662
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Description: 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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Wow...a piece of history

Visited here on a morning and was astonished at the amount of historical documents that were there. I easily spent 2 hrs in the upstairs exhibits. Volunteers were for the most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Visited here on a morning and was astonished at the amount of historical documents that were there. I easily spent 2 hrs in the upstairs exhibits. Volunteers were for the most part knowledgable and helpful. This is great for history buffs or those that want to know more about this great city. Being a native, I still learned more and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

To know and learn something about New Orleans you should not skip this one. We had our tour with a lovely slightly excentric lady, with strong ideas and opines and with some imagination you got the feeling this was really her place and we were here guest. Without her, (if she was up for adoption I would adopt her as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

As I child long ago, I remember how scary the streets of the French Quarters seemed. Most of the area was derelict and slated to be redeveloped. If you are a fan of history, architecture, and New Orleans, you will not be disappointed spending time here. Do it in bits 'n pieces and I highly recommend The Williams Residence guided... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Was pleasantly surprised to learn that a new building for the collection had opened on Chartres Street since several times during past visits I had so enjoyed the Royal Street exhibitions. All the facilities that make up the collection are lovely places to spend some quiet hours in the afternoon and ensconce one's self in the intriguing history and art... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We enjoyed each room! The volunteers are really interested in the information being displayed and very helpful. It was a great place to spend time after lunch and before the riverboat cruise. It keeps you in air conditioning and gives you insight to the New Orleans of the past. I say don't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is a collection of building, most of which are built around three courtyards. Some of the buildings are now used for offices and departments of the Collection. Some of them are used as galleries for art and artifacts. The Williams Residence is open for guided tours. It took most of a day to go through everything, including the slavery... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I personally didn't know much about Huey Long before seeing this exhibit. My husband is a big history buff and prompted our visit specifically to see this exhibit. It was quite informative and well put together. A quite enjoyable visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was our favorite museum when we visited New Orleans. It is small but the exhibits are quite well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

While we were visiting, this collection was hosting an exhibit on domestic slavery and the slave trade in New Orleans. It was very well done and informative, with maps, paintings and extensive reproductions of correspondence and newspaper clippings. I really enjoyed this look at something I didn't know much about. Definitely put my New Orleans visit in context.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We stopped in for a visit, and were amazed at how well-versed the volunteers were on the available information. We toured the facility (very nice and air conditioned) and listened to their experts talk about each section of the facility. It was very informative, and well-appointed. (and Air Conditioned, if you need a break from the heat). There are a... More 

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Additional Information about Historic New Orleans Collection

Address: 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: 504-523-4662
Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > French Quarter
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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