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Historic New Orleans Collection

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Address: 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: 504-523-4662
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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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You've Missed NOLA if You Miss Its History

Nestled among the upscale shops and restaurants along vibrant Royal Street in the French Quarter is a collection of historic buildings, courtyards and galleries that present a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nestled among the upscale shops and restaurants along vibrant Royal Street in the French Quarter is a collection of historic buildings, courtyards and galleries that present a visitor with totally different experience than the celebratory norm. The Historic New Orleans Collection is a "museum, research center and publisher" anchored by two main gallery complexes in the French Quarter, one the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I originally discovered their exhibits, tours and bookshop about ten years ago and have a membership. It should be a required stop for anyone interested in historical events in New Orleans. They have a permanent exhibit of paintings and decorative arts, a changing exhibit on the ground floor of the Royal Street building on a selected topic, a great bookstore... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great collection that covers New Orleans history with great breadth and depth. Most of the exhibits are free and the staff is very friendly. New Orleans is a city with a large range of political and cultural complexity over a 400 year span and this collection covers it all. They have a number of building in the Quarter that can... More 

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you didn't know it was there, you'd walk right past this museum. It hardly looks like anything from the street, but inside is a luxurious entry, intriguing exhibits and docents among the most knowledgeable I've found anywhere. The history of Louisiana is told through maps, artwork, story boards, videos and, most importantly, the people who wait for you in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in here with two hours allotted. We will be going back. Great privately funded, public and free! Staff are very knowledgeable and provide phenomenal historical insight and context on New Orleans - from the 17th century, through the Louisana purchase, the war of 1812 and more. If you want to know more about the USA, American history and... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

check the website for current exhibits, usually something of historical interest, recent exhibit related to New Orleans slave trade was excellent

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Charlotte, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had a great time exploring the Historic New Orleans Collection. It is sort of a hidden gem on Royal Street that I would recommend highly. The people there are very friendly and informative. The collection starts from the founding of New Orleans up through the present time. It was very interesting and worth the hour or... More 

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Pocatello, ID
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This exhibit was close to our lodging and has a tour of the Williams residence for an additional $5, otherwise it is free. Changing exhibits.

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alma, mi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can pay to take a tour (don't miss the 2 for 1 coupon in the tourist magazine) - but much of this museum is free. There are knowledgeable guides in every room, and it's a terrific way to learn more about the history of the area.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you like local history you will find this interesting. it is in the upstairs, you enter off the courtyard. there are a number of rooms with many displays, and friendly knowledgeable people to answer questions.

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French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.