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Historic New Orleans Collection

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Address: 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
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+1 504-523-4662
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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Historic New Orleans Collection

A very nice museum. Good exhibits. Take the tour of the Williams house. Plenty of good restaurants and cafes in the area.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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mpls mn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very nice museum. Good exhibits. Take the tour of the Williams house. Plenty of good restaurants and cafes in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting museum. One of the ladies upstairs gave us a fascinating history of Louisiana. A must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The collection in this is one to take children to see. The history of the French Quarter is in this place and what a find!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building itself is gorgeous-a town house with a courtyard. The displays are interesting and well presented, with several docents on hand to answer questions. And it's free!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

We always stop by this museum when we visit, and the ground floor exhibit is always something different and interesting. The staff are all wonderful and friendly and full of information. Cute gift shop, too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

My knowledge of New Orleans was based on annual footage of Mardi Gras nonsense. Thinking logically, I reasoned that Bourbon Street reveling had to be the way people acted in every single part of the city, and on every single day. Of course New Orleans is much more than Mardi Gras. New Orleans has huge reserves of culture, as demonstrated... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

We decided to stop by on our last day of a week long trip to New Orleans and I'm very happy we did! The museum is free, and for $5, you can have a tour of the beautiful residence. Well worth it! Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining... definitely a highlight of the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

This free museum offered a great overview of the interesting history of New Orleans and Louisiana. While the layout was a little strange, we were able to navigate our way chronologically through the development of New Orleans as we know it now. Each room is a different time period so walking from one room to the next, you advance the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Saw the collections of Clarence John Laughlin during our New Year visit. Was taken aback by the detailed work. I am no expert at contemporary art but this was definitely a nice visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

this is small but interesting museum hi-lighting the history of New Orleans from it's Native American origins, French, Spanish, and American backgrounds. There are many artifacts from the periods including personal items from local residents who lived in the city. It was free--no admission and a great place to experience the history of the city. Downstairs there was an excellent... More 

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