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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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This is a good way to drive my, or walk to get a good look at some of the history in New Orleans. The street is busy. There are several homeless people begging at various corners... read more

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Mayflower, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a good way to drive my, or walk to get a good look at some of the history in New Orleans. The street is busy. There are several homeless people begging at various corners. Be aware of your surroundings. We don't feel the need to go back.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We found a coupon in the tourist book and it was buy one admission, get one free.....the house tour (which we did not realize was included) was over an hour so we ran out of time to see the museum upstairs with a reported 1 million artifacts nor did we have time to tour the gift shop which was highly... More 

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Munroe Falls, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Look for it or you will miss it on Royal St. In just a few rooms you will learn the history of the city from the 1600's to present. Nowhere else in NOLA will you find Mahalia Jackson, the Superbowl and the Casket Girls under one roof!! The docents are very helpful as are the digital information pads. The Williams... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely old home filled with historic artifacts. FREE attraction supported bt a foundation. Many historic maps. Three centuries of furniture,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The home tour of the Williams residence was wonderful and informative. What a bargain at only $5 a person! It is a beautiful home with three courtyards furnished with original furnishings and decor. We very much enjoyed the stories about their lives in this beautiful home. Afterwards, we walked through the History Gallery (no admission) with docents placed in several... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of interesting items, plenty of docents on hand to explain things. You'll learn a lot from this one.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in here since we had a few hours before leaving the city, and was pleasantly surprised at the artifacts and depth of history. So much information that helps a "foreigner", (anyone NOT from Louisiana), understand how the culture developed.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While exploring in the French Quarter, my husband and I stumbled upon the Williams House. I am so glad I looked up what it was, because it was such a fun, quick tour to do! There is a free museum you can visit, but for only $5 you can tour the William's residence, and learn about this couple that had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We accidentally walked upon this museum when we took a stroll along the Royal Street. My teenager son initially said, "Another museum?" but came out with great admiration for the Williams family who had had the vision and founded this museum, which is now open to the public for free. It has helped us appreciate New Orleans beyond the sights... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

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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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.