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Historic New Orleans Collection

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Neighborhood: French Quarter
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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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Wandered in to Cool Off and Stayed for the Exhibits. Nice!

I read about this place but didn't have it on the "to do" list for the day. However, it was getting hot and I needed to duck inside somewhere to cool off. We wandered into the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Hummelstown, PA
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Hummelstown, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I read about this place but didn't have it on the "to do" list for the day. However, it was getting hot and I needed to duck inside somewhere to cool off. We wandered into the courtyard, found the restrooms, then wandered into the building. The collection is very impressive and the docent was more than helpful explaining just what... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed this small exhibit. I only went into the Williams Gallery, as that's the free portion. Huey Long's career, life & death were detailed here. It was interesting to read the newspaper columns. Not just for the info but for the different way people expressed themselves. Hyperbolic statements on both sides if the political issues Definitely worth a free... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I can't say enough good things about this group of exhibits. We went to the main exhibit complex first, then the "Purchased Lives" exhibit in another building. The tour of the Williams house was wonderful. Our tour guide was lovely and knowledgeable. We had an excellent time going through the house and learning about the Williams family, the regeneration of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

It's where the original Louisiana Purchase documents now are. There was a Huey Long exhibit while I was there. Louisiana history is very interesting, and went a long way to shaping America. Warren was awesome, and he told me more about local and state history in ten minutes than any book or professor could have. The A/C was also a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We hadn't planned to stop in here on our first day in the French Quarter, but were delighted we did as we followed an on-line self-guided walking tour. The downstairs exhibit on Huey Long was fascinating and the upstairs exhibits on Louisiana history gave us a great perspective as we continued our walking tour and our visit to New Orleans.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Visiting an above ground cemetery is nothing like you'll ever see anywhere else. The are cemetery tours available in New Orleans, but you have to pay and go at designated times etc. The cemetery I went to is down in the Garden District and its free and open to the public daily. I can't imagine what you would see different... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The shops on Royal Street are for the most part Antique shops and as such, to me at least, an opportunity to see history as it was in the lives of those who preceded us by many many years

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Check out this exhibit at the Williams Research Center located at 400-410 Chartres Street, through July 18, 2015. For me it was a piece of US history that chills my bones. I cannot believe how our fellow human beings were treated. Beyond the grammar school history books, this exhibit takes you through the slave trade. It is very well done... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The Historic New Orleans Collection is one of those Museums you have to go if you want to learn more about the city you are visiting - and in my opinion, if you have to choose between the HNOC and the Cabildo, go with the HNOC! Not only it tells the story in a more easy way to be understood,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Great facility in an amazing location. Interesting artifacts and information. A little bit too free form with the exhibits. It was sort of like too light of an overview on the history. it felt like I needed to have been a local or done a review of NOLA history before visiting. It was worth my time though and if anything... More 

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