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Historic New Orleans Collection

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Address: 533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179
Phone Number: 15045234662
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 10:30 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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Hidden Treasure with Great Docents!

A gem tucked away. I have walked past it many times, but my son who lives in New Orleans took me there. What a hidden treasure. Beautifully curated with interesting exhibits... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Spokane, WA
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Spokane, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A gem tucked away. I have walked past it many times, but my son who lives in New Orleans took me there. What a hidden treasure. Beautifully curated with interesting exhibits. The building is a marvel. The docents are great - knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and conversational. Only wished that I had more time on my last visit, but had to leave... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staff was friendly and offered additional information on exhibits. Tablets provide additional info on the visits. Very worthwhile for those interestedly the history of the city and it is FREE!

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a feminist (#Imwithher) so I made a special effort to get to the Collection to see the new exhibit...20 Women Who Changed New Orleans. It was presented absolutely beautifully - whoever designed and curated this exhibit knows their stuff. If you are interested in social progress and how it happens, I highly recommend a trip to HNOC

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Whether you are a local or a visitor, the HNOC offers a continual array of wonderful exhibits on New Orleans and Louisiana history. Their archives are a treasure that should not be missed. If you want to take home something special to remind you of your visit, their gift shop offers everything from wonderful books and jewelry to prints of... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Interesting permanent collection and opportunity to visit a historic home. Wonderful special exhibits both here and on Chartres Street. Super friendly and knowledgable volunteers and staff!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Colors, heritage, Beauty is what you will see. Take time to stroll down Royal Street, it's breathtaking

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Indiana, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

We bounced into this place in order to get a French Quarter respite during a stifling afternoon. We were welcomed by a very kind, knowledgeable, dedicated staff. Four different staff came up to us and filled us in on important parts of New Orleans history represented in the facility. We had no idea a place like that even existed in... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Needing to find a restroom for our 8 year old daughter. Shop nearby recommended this location after we made our purchase. You first have to get by the angry looking guard that says nothing and blocks the entrance. Don't bother talking to the adults working the front entrance. They were not pleased to see us or help my daughter. Once... More 

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Lauren N, marketing associate at Historic New Orleans Collection, responded to this review

Hi, Kim. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. It sounds like it didn't meet our usual standards, and I apologize for that. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and engaging place, and as many of the other reviews can attest, our staff is a big part of that. But, as with everything,... More 

Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

went to tour the house and then the museum. nice sop if you have time. Guided tours of home and then see the museum for free. or just see the museum.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

We happened to stumble in unaware what was inside. What really makes this special are the numerous volunteers (?) that are present all around the two story building. They are extremely knowledgable about Louisiana and New Orleans history...they must all have doctorates in history and hospitality! They can answer almost any question you have. Did I mention that it was... More 

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Staying in French Quarter

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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.