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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 #5 of 174 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

I stumbled on this walking around the French Quarter. It is a wonderful collection of maps, paintings, objects related to history of Louisiana and NO. The guide Kurt was incredibly knowlegeable and friendly. I learnt so much in the half hour I spent there.

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London, Canada
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

We went in to view the Boswell Sisters exhibit and discovered there was also a tour available of the Merieult House which is at that same address. What a wonderful opportunity to see what lies behind the French Quarter facades and to learn about the efforts that went into saving the Quarter in the 1960s. Our guide was very knowledgeable... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

As I visited the Historic New Orleans collection, I learned a lot about history that I had not known before. It is well worth visiting, and I recommend it highly.

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Columbia, MD
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is a small but very thoughtful collection of items related to New Orleans and Louisiana. So glad we visited because I enjoyed it much more than the State Museum off of Jackson Square. It has the added attraction of being free. We did pay to take the excellent tour of the Williams residence. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining,... More

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Medina, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Free. Some of the most informative people you will ever meet in New Orleans. Each room has a guide who is a fountain of information on the history of NOLA. Worth your time.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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69 reviews 69 reviews
36 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Most see for fans of blues/jazz and the Big Band era. Called "Shout Sister Shout" through Oct.26. The first floor is devoted to the three sisters from Birmingham, AL, and later made New Orleans there home. They were very popular during the 30' and 40's and made recordings with Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Bennie Goodman and the Dorsey brothers, among... More

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Houston, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I am a history nut, but this free, bite size museum always has changing exhibitions, and is perfect for a 30 minute detour while down in the Quarter eating or socializing.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We had a wonderful time touring the home of General Kemper and Leila Williams. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and very personable. The home was exquisite. We did not have time to tour the Louisiana State collection but we will do so on our next visit. The gift shop was wonderful. Lovely time! Thank you.

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Denver
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is the place to get grounded in the colorful history of this complex city. A tour of the old French Quarter Home is delightful and easy to imagine living there in fairly contemporary times. There is always a visual feast with the art collection, but for those of us who love history, the library is wonderful. Stop the hustle... More

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West Reading, Pennsylvania
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Stopped in to cool off and couldn't have been more surprised. What a great collection - and the price (free) was great. Spectacular collection - including the oldest piece of furniture in NOLA (from the Ursuline Convent), documents from the Louisiana Purchase, etc. The gift shop was GLORIOUS. Wonderful collection of books, postcards and so on, Can't praise this place... More

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