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Historic New Orleans Collection

533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)
504-523-4662
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Ranked #10 of 172 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums, History Museums
Owner description: The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher in the French Quarter. The Royal Street location offers free rotating... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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132 reviews 132 reviews
3 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful place to go. I would keep the kids at home for this place though. Love visiting here. It will take you weeks and weeks to visit all the hidden gems.

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Central Point, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

There is a painting of black people attending a funeral for one of their own. Don't miss it! It is wonderful.

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NEW ORLEANS
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A unique museum which really shows interesting parts of NO's past. Small-just the right size, right in the French Quarter.

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Historic New Orleans Collection preserves and promotes the fascinating history of N.O. and the Vieux Carre. Also the history of the State of Louisiana with ever changing exhibits. A "must" for tourists to truly appreciate the French Quarter and more.

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Point Clear, Alabama, United States
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110 reviews 110 reviews
42 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Historic New Orleans Collection has an extraordinary collection of books, documents, material culture, paintings, and furniture. Their exhibits, which often include items from their exhibits and exhibits from other museums are extremely interesting. And their conferences and lectures are always interesting

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great collection of New Orleans history and art. Take the tour or attend one of the lectures. The docents are very informative and can answer or find the answer for pretty much any question. A must see I think.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

However, the museum gives you access to their WiFi and you can download a self guided tour. The exhibit on the Boswell Sisters was great!

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Potomac, Maryland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This free museum is right in the middle of the French Quarter. They have a great permanent exhibit on the Bowell Sisters who never received the recognition they deserved as a singing trio. There is a nice collection of historical items on the 2nd floor that provides an informative timeline of New Orleans history.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I came to NOLA for work, and I am not a big drinker, so I aside from the architecture, I wasn't sure what the French Quarter had to offer me. I discovered this museum at the recommendation of a friend, and it's a little oasis in a crowded and touristy part of town. The main collection is free, and offers... More

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rhode island
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64 reviews 64 reviews
7 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Several excellent documents,and paintings are housed in this house,from the begining of the city through today,the exhibits are great. Helpful guides are in residence to talk about what is on display. Probably the best thing in the French Quarter.

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