Hermann-Grima House
Hermann-Grima House
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This restored French Quarter home built in 1831, includes a Federalist architectural façade, original operating open-hearth kitchen, urban slave quarters, and expansive courtyard. The Urban Enslavement Tour at Hermann-Grima House, looks at the experiences of those who were enslaved in an urban setting, how that differed from those enslaved in rural settings, and how the contributions of people of African descent have shaped New Orleans. Condé Nast Traveler voted it one of the best tours in New Orleans and the only tour listed from a museum. We believe that nothing tells a story like a home. In addition, the property’s 19th-century carriage house is home to the The Exchange Shop, originally founded in the 1881 by The Woman’s Exchange and one of the oldest women-led non-profits in the South.
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Neighborhood: 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.
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  • Frances D
    6 contributions
    Amazing tour of the urban slave experience.
    I really enjoyed touring this historic home and learning what life was like for enslaved people who lived in New Orleans. The house is luxuriously decorated and the contrast between that and the spartan quarters for the enslaved is stark. There are original implements in the kitchen and scullery and you really see what kind of tools were available. My tour guide was knowledgeable and I learned a lot about New Orleans in the 1830s-50s.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 2, 2023
  • Robyn B
    2 contributions
    Urban Enslavement Tour
    Fascinating tour and gorgeous house. They should have room information cards made in various languages ( Spanish, French, German etc) as French speaking visitors couldn’t communicate with the tour guide who has to rely on Google translate. Or have audio guides made up for in foreign languages.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 22, 2023
  • hriley1
    1 contribution
    Excellent house tour
    Excellent and engaging tour with a focus on Urban Enslavement in this historic home and in this city. Very interesting and insightful. Great docent with the added bonus of seeing the Open Hearth Cooking demonstration. I would highly recommend this tour for locals and visitors alike.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 5, 2023
  • lizziefitzgerald2023
    New York City, New York1 contribution
    Urban Enslavement Tour at Hermann-Grima House
    This was a magnificent, thorough, eye-opening, must see part of a visit to New Orleans. The tour guide was so knowledgeable, and happy to take any questions. The house is beautifully restored and you also learn about the life of enslaved people in the house as well as New Orleans at large. Our best tour while we were there, and would happily go back!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Robert D
    12 contributions
    A beautiful home-and more
    I had visited the Herman-Grima house in the past when the tour was a general history overview. It now focuses on urban enslavement, providing a perspective I have not encountered elsewhere. The docent was excellent, giving a clear picture of what life had been like for the enslaved, and for the family in residence. I would highly recommend a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Aimee7939
    Boston, Massachusetts6 contributions
    Amazing Tour Guide
    This historical home was in very good condition, which was cool, but the best was our tour guide, Robert. He was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. The experience was a perfect compliment to the Whitney Plantation, showing the contrast in different enslaved peoples lives and honoring their lives.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Colleen K
    3 contributions
    Incredibly informative and intriguing.
    I have visited New Orleans several times, and I am a little embarrassed to admit I have never been on this tour till this past visit. A very kind and knowledgeable docent greeted us. The hour tour was so packed with information and history, I feel as though I received a semester's worth of knowledge in an hour's time. Jemima is an outstanding historian, and while you're learning from her, you feel steeped in the past with the backdrop of a pre-war mansion. I can't recommend this tour enough. If you're visiting New Orleans make it a priority to go, it's also affordable and the gift shop has a great selection of unique items from local artists.
    Visited October 2023
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Sharon G
    3 contributions
    Behind the Scenes Tour
    Ever wonder how the other half lived? See the backyard dwellings and learn about the lives of the enslaved who kept it all running. Then enter the main mansion and revisit historic New Orleans. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and open to learning from some of us historic buffs as well.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Bruce W
    Dover, Delaware51 contributions
    Great opportunity to view an 1850s period home in the French Quarter for a reasonable price
    My Wife and I really enjoyed the Creole Death and Mourning tour put on at the Gallier House on Royal St. in New Orleans. The home has been restored to 1850s condition as much as practical (It had been updated over the years), and the Guide was very friendly and appeared to be quite knowledgeable. The cost of the Tour was reasonable, and took about an hour.
    Visited October 2023
    Written October 24, 2023
  • 8baller38
    Denver, Colorado1 contribution
    Hermann-Grima House Urban Enslavement tour
    Robert was our tour guide and he was excellent. He had a great personality and was very entertaining in the way he delivered information regarding all aspects of the mansion including the slave quarters, the outdoor/ courtyard area and the interior of the house. Robert was very informative/knowledgeable and passionate about the homes storied past. My wife and I took 5 tours in New Orleans and this tour was our favorite. Would highly recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Written October 28, 2023
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD697 contributions
May 2022
A fairly abbreviated tour (and history) of the main house - you do not go upstairs and see only a few rooms (despite what you may see online). Outbuilding info was standard, slaves quarters ditto - except for the fact that there were city slaves and so lived 'better' if you will than plantation slaves. The group and the guide just did not gel, and several peeled off before tour was finished. That, plus the fact that French Quarter parking is NYC pricing if not more (!) had me questioning the wisdom of this choice. Even Gallier, reviewed separately and a much better experience, struggles to justify the price of both houses plus that parking fee. I'd have been better off parking much further out and just wandering around, perhaps fitting in one of these buildings rather than trying to jam in both.
Written May 14, 2022
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Eden O
9 contributions
Sep 2022
We took the Urban Enslavement at Hermann-Grima House tour, and we had an eye-opening and moving experience. Our guide, Robert, was very knowledgable and answered all of our questions and created an engaging story. The tour tells of a unique and underrepresented history around the city of New Orleans - definitely recommend!
Written September 18, 2022
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R & P Byfield
Sacramento, CA8 contributions
Nov 2019
Very interesting historical home, great tour staff, very knowledgeable. The home is well appointed and kept immaculate. We happened to tour on a day they have volunteers cooking with historical recipes they explained the food and the cooking methods, fascinating!
Written January 1, 2020
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Emily A
Bronx, NY4 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
This was a terrific tour thehjouse was much more interesting than you might expect and well maintained. The guide, Lynnette, was well informed and did a great job describing the history of the city and the inhabitants. Also she did a good job of describing the enslaved people who were forced to live there (just a suggestion - would it be possible to identify the names of enslaved people - even just one or two - rather than referring to then collectively to help visitors personalize the experience of their lives more? Assume there are records…) the history of the home as a boardinghouse and small details like the stables and the kitchens really added a lot. The gift store is lovely and full of unique finds made primarily ( or only) by local and women artisans. So glad we stopped by.
Written June 20, 2021
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Alice Holmes
Phoenix, AZ20 contributions
Jan 2020
If you're interested in the history of New Orleans through one of the many Creole families that made it home, you should stop by this place. Sue, our tour guide, was well informed and answered all our questions with aplomb. Thank you, Sue!
Written January 18, 2020
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OKReadytoGo
Alexandria, VA2 contributions
May 2021
We found this hour-long tour to be extremely interesting, providing contextual historical information about the history not only of the house but of New Orleans during the late 1700's and 1800's. The tour was given by a very knowledgeable young man who graciously answered our many questions - we are a curious bunch! - and even chatted extensively with us about New Orleans today and some of the issues the city is facing. It was a delightful view of another era.and we heartily recommend.
Written May 30, 2021
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cmffrost
London, UK2 contributions
May 2022 • Family
My daughter and I really enjoyed our tour of the property. It is beautifully preserved and gives a great idea of how a wealthy family would have lived in a 19th century townhouse with all the modern conveniences designed by the architect owner at the time. The guide was excellent, with a wealth of information about the history of the family and house in the context of the history of New Orleans. We highly recommend it.
Written May 17, 2022
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Holly Fisher
4 contributions
May 2022
We arrived in NoLA late (our plane was delayed) and were easily able to reschedule our tour to a later time. Upon arriving, we were the only people taking the tour, making it essentially a private tour. The topics covered were very interesting and the narrative was centred around the enslaved peoples hired by the Hermann and Grima family + comparing and contrasting urban vs plantation enslavement specifically in NoLA. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in enriching their trip and learning about the foundations of the French Quarter. It was definitely family friendly as well, even though we are two adults
Written May 18, 2022
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Shanti B
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
We got lucky and our family had our own tour. Our guide was well-informed, articulate and patient with our many, many questions. Our tour was focused on the work of the enslaved people in the household in the 1800s, and what can be gleaned of their lives. I had no idea urban enslavement was so widespread in New Orleans. It really helps you understand things better to see the physical remnants of their lives; the Hermann-Grima house and its contents are incredibly well-preserved. I would have liked to know more about the Christian Womens Exchange, but that would have to be an additional tour, there's just so much to learn. Both our 13yo and 15yo listed this as a highlight of our trip.
Written April 19, 2022
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MPGeeee
Saint Louis, MO1 contribution
Nov 2023
Taking this tour will open your eyes to the architecture of New Orleans. You'll never see the houses in the French Quarter the same. This tour discusses the urban (city) enslavement, and I recommend it as a companion to touring the Whitney Plantation to witness the true history of our nation's past and current conditions. Knowledgable and great staff!
Written November 27, 2023
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