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Historic New Orleans Collection

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Neighborhood: French Quarter
History museums, Museums
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Address: 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: 504-523-4662
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Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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Interesting Exhibits Explaining New Orleans History

This museum was especially worthwhile to understand the history of New Orleans. It is a beautiful building and the displays are very well done. If we hadn't visited this museum... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Walla Walla, Washington
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Walla Walla, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This museum was especially worthwhile to understand the history of New Orleans. It is a beautiful building and the displays are very well done. If we hadn't visited this museum, we would not have understood the culture of the city nearly as well.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

If you want to better understand New Orleans history, check out this site. The tour of the house, owned by a cypress lumber businessman and wife, was very informative. The museum featured a special exhibit of Andrew Jackson. Well worth a couple hours of your visit.

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Pittsburgh
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Not bad, not impressive. Nicely done. Spend less than 1 hour. Did I mention FREE? Makes it worth it.

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New Orleans
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My first visit, I came from Michigan, I had two days to learn about NOLA. This was by far the best place to start. It is in a 3 part house. You feel a throw back of 100 years as you walk through the beautifully restored homes. The Museum looks into a court yard that originally was a stable. A... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Interesting paintings, a lot of history, very low key and will give more insight into New Orleans History. Good use of a couple of hours.

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Manchester,UK
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We had walked past this museum a couple of times but it was not until a local suggested we visit that we ventured through the door.So glad we did.We learned some much of the history of New Orleans,General Jackson and Louisiana generally that the two/three hours we spent inside was well worth it.

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Mansfield, Texas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We go to New Orleans often to vacation and often have walked right by this spot. We have been missing out on what it has to offer. There are rooms full of interesting exhibits where you will learn about the interesting history of the region. It will cost $5 per person for a guided tour of the houses and it... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a museum and one of the coolest historic French Quarter buildings. Try to get on a tour (they're cheap, donation only I think) to get all the history. The gift shop is worth a visit as well. And they have concerts in their beautiful courtyard during the warmer months.

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seattle
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Small and intimate, this museum is full of interesting history about New Orleans. There are volunteers to guide you and answer questions. Don't miss it!

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NOLA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Depending on the exhibit and your interests, this could be a sleeper of a find. The exhibits change so go on line and see what if there at the time you will be in NOLA. It's free how could you go wrong?

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