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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 #3 of 165 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and...
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Type: Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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.
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San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

A must see from a historical standpoint if you want the history of New Orleans. Lots of Andrew Jackson, but also a lot of info on historic New Orleans. Don't miss the portrait gallery in the Counting House! We also went over to the Williams Research Center for an exhibit on photography. Even if you don't pay for a tour,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

The exhibit was on Andrew Jackson ... and it was interesting and well done. It is a small museum with a lovely attached gift shop. The docent was also extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

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Kenner, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Locals could spend days going over this collection and learn so much! It is too bad that some locals take this history for granted and don't bother to learn more about their unique city.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Love New Orlewans and the Bed and Breakfast all of the people were fun and friendly and the breakfast was GREAT

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Enjoyed a 2:00 tour of the Williams House on Friday afternoon. Very knowledgeable docent guided us through the history of the Williams family, their efforts to save the French Quarter's historic buildings, and the Williams home itself. Saturday afternoon, we came back to tour the current Andrew Jackson exhibit and permanent exhibit on Louisiana history. Enjoyed both. Very nice gift... More 

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New Orleans
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is my favorite out of all the places I keep a membership. Friday early evenings during parts of the year their sponsored concerts are the best bang for your buck. So much history and very educational.

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Storrs, Connecticut USA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We visited both locations. The Richard Sexton Creole exhibit was highly enjoyable. It was a nice opportunity to see his photos in person. He is a talented photographer and his was a winning argument that New Orleans architecture is very much the same as that in the Latin Caribbean. We also viewed the Andrew Jackson exhibit at the Royal Street... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This is a small museum with exhibits that change regularly. It is small and can be done quickly. The exhibit during our visit was on Andrew Jackson.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The current Andrew Jackson exhibit is excellent! I was amazed to see a locket containing his hair! As well as his beaver hat and "old hickory" cane. If you are into the history of the War of 1812, this is a must see exhibit. There are also other permanent exhibits, including a painting of a Creole woman that is breathtaking.... More 

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New York City, NY, United States
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It took us three tries to take the tour and glad we got the one we did. Our guide Kurt was the perfect combination of knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He explained the history of some of the most impressive pieces from the Williams collection and noticed the ones I was particularly interested in and took the time after the tour to... More 

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Lauren N, Marketing Associate at Historic New Orleans Collection, responded to this review

Hi Mark, Thanks so much for your kind words about Kurt! We've shared your review with him and our head of docent programs. We hope you'll keep The Historic New Orleans Collection in your plans if you return! More 

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