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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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Good place to learn about the local history

It offers free entry. It offers rooms with antique furniture in a historic mansion. You get an idea of the history from the arrival of the French through modern times, including... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Batavia, New York
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Batavia, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

It offers free entry. It offers rooms with antique furniture in a historic mansion. You get an idea of the history from the arrival of the French through modern times, including the restoration of the French Quarter in the early 20th century.

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Adrian, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is an interesting spot in the French Quarter. It is both an historical home and a collection of artifacts. The staff are very friendly and accommodating and the tour is very interesting focusing on the historic home once occupied by the prominent Williams family. The home is furnished in period with many of the family's possessions. Our guide did... More 

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Greendale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Take the time to indulge in a little history on your trip and learn about the real New Orleans. This is a jewel that deserves to be supported.

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Santa Clara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This museum is good for a look at Andrew Jackson. If you are at all interested in the War of 1812 stop by this museum.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

A great tour. Included was a film, a tour of the Williams home, and an art exhibit as well. Was a wonderful time.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Since it is free and right in the heart of the French Quarter I figured I'd give it a try. Definitely worth the time! The rotating collection was on Andrew Jackson. But for me the fun part was upstairs with old maps of the city and some interesting history. The staff was particularly well informed and eager to answer questions.... More 

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The museum is free and has a very interesting collection, but it's worth the $5 per person to take the guided tour of the building complex that is not part of the free museum.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This is a quiet, historic museum. It is neat to learn about the history of the city and the state. Best of all it's free! Recommend for the tourist.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

A wonderful time in this amazing city. The parade was spectacular, safe and great fun. Collected thousands of beads!!

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Walla Walla, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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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