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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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Fascinating look at the history of New Orleans with original historical documents of the Louisiana Purchase and the history of Huey Long's political contributions.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Fascinating look at the history of New Orleans with original historical documents of the Louisiana Purchase and the history of Huey Long's political contributions.

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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Some of the most significant pieces of the history of New Orleans and Louisiana are housed in the HNOC on Royal St. The exhibitions continually change. Worth an hour or so druing a visit to NOLA

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This museum in the middle of the French Quarters is very interesting -- and also free. It gives a good intro into the history of this city, with documents and artifacts and several multimedia presentations which are relatively short (that is, just the right length). Did you know Andrew Jackson was the hero of the Battle of New Orleans? And... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

They have different exhibits at different times of the year but they are always interesting. The guides are mostly correct with their anecdotes but always gracious and interesting. The current slave exhibit is a must to see so that we face up to the cruel history of that era.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We happened upon the Historic New Orleans Collection on our last day in New Orleans and we so impressed with the overall presentation and one of the exceptional docents, Wade. He knows his history and captivates you with his knowledge. It's free and worth your time to learn the history of how New Orleans came to be and the many... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We went to a concert there, Evan Christopher & other excellent musicians. Love the atmosphere with the lovely courtyard and their generosity with the drinks. Very pleasant place to spend the evening. Want to return to see the exhibit soon

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We arrived here knowing very little about the city. We contacted a tour company about taking a tour, but we miss the afternoon to her by about 10 minutes. I asked her what she would recommend we do for first thing in New Orleans. She suggested coming here. Fantastic idea. I feel like I am understand so much more about... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Rain forces alternate plans and we were lucky to find this one. Definitely visit, free, and very informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

There is a lot of tourist junk in the French Quarter but there are a handful of must-do stops where the hype is left at the door. The Historic New Orleans Collection and its rotating exhibits is one of them.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Although I highly recommend going, I also highly recommend reading a Wikipedia article about the history of New Orleans first, because the story told is unclear and confusing at times--and it isn't even complete! All the right props are: maps, portraits, AV clips, large print summaries on the walls in each gallery--but the story thread is too thin to keep... More 

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