The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher with three locations in the French Quarter: * the original location at 533 Royal St. (featuring a a house museum and a self-guided exhibition chronicling the history of Louisiana) * the Williams Research Center at 410 Chartres St. (where materials relating to the history and culture of the area are made available for further study) * the new exhibition center at 520 Royal St., which opened in 2019 and features educational galleries, a French Quarter exhibition, and changing exhibitions. Admission is free. Guided tours are $5 per person. Royal Street properties are open Tues-Sun, and the research center on Chartres Street is open Tues-Sat. In addition to being closed on Monday, THNOC is closed New Year's Day, MLK Jr. Day, Mardi Gras weekend (Sat-Tues), Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.
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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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  • dctravel
    Washington DC, District of Columbia2,331 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free Museum in the French Quarter
    Learned about the Historic New Orleans Collection from a tour guide earlier in the week. We were looking for something to do for a bit on our last day and decided to give it a try. The museum is free, which is a great bonus, and talks about the history of New Orleans. It was a good way to spend an hour or so on our last day.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 24, 2024
  • jmattgardner
    Paducah, Kentucky99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free and Cool
    I thought this place was awesome. Entry was free and all the exhibits were interesting. They also have a really nice museum store. Great place to learn about New Orleans and grab some cool souvenirs. Guides were helpful and passionate when discussing the museum and the artifacts.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
  • ockerman
    191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New Orleans history in a lovely old building for free!
    Spend as much time or as little as you wish exploring all facets of New Orleans history and the revolving exhibits in a cool and comfortable setting. The docents are friendly and informative and be sure to take in the film. The gift shop is excellent as well and since the museum visit is free why not support them with a purchase.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 17, 2024
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Lorraine
Horseshoe Bay, TX30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We knew of this location, since Dick Stephens donated many of his duck decoys to this Historical Collection and my husband knew him personally. Dick had given him one of his older decoys, so it was a must visit for us. The Duck display cabinets are in the front so that they can be seen from the street. They had several rooms throughout this old house where all the Collections are displayed & in each room was someone to describe what was there to see with information about the collections in each room and who lived there during the 1800's time frame. It was an opportunity to see the construction & period furnishings of this old house located at 533 Royal Street.
Written February 16, 2020
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Emily T
Austin, TX75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
(They have several buildings. This review is specifically for the building at 520 Royal Street, the Seignouret-Brulatour Building and Tricentennial Wong). Stop by here while you’re in the French quarter. We were pleased to find a historical spot that had free entry. (No drinks allowed, so bottoms up). Touches of technology definitely add to the exhibits. In one entrance, there’s a giant digital table with a map with historical markers of the French quarter. Other technology that I enjoyed were iPads with swipe to see before and after images of Gaston’s drawings/paintings. There also was a VR (virtual reality) moment inside a optical viewer with a 1960’s view of the courtyard (don’t know the proper term for this but sometimes at landmarks these exist and are coin operated to look through). The exhibits were nice to browse. We gave it 5 stars because it was FREE to enter, historical and clean. It also was not crowded. Any music lover would be happy to see the Aeolian organ, which was completed in 1926. It is a major deal for organ lovers as only 4 working models (of this kind) still exist in the U.S.
Written January 20, 2020
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Wayne E
Lafayette, LA255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This is a fascinating place to easily spend several hours. It has brief but informative displays about the city's culture, history, ethnic mix, music, art, literature, politics, and economy. We enjoyed the Notre Dame experience that is here until mid-March 2023, Admission is free, but the near-by parking was $36 for 4 hours! The food was good in the cafe, but a bit pricey ($26 for soup & sandwich).
Written March 4, 2023
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a collection of several original buildings which house a number of different exhibits on the history of Louisiana and New Orleans. Their collections are extensive and include a number of really interesting artifacts. Additionally, the buildings are a great showcase of New Orleans architecture.

Be sure to chat with the wonderful volunteer docents, who are happy to share their vast knowledge about local history. Best of all, it's completely free!
Written February 15, 2020
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Princess
Washington DC, DC230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Browsing through the photos, I must admit I wasn’t too impressed and I even considered skipping over this attraction.
I still went since the duck room held my interest.
Well, I’m really glad I didn’t skip this.
Honestly I can’t believe this is all free too.

This place is huge, spanning multiple buildings. Tons to see. The duck room is the only room that requires an employee to unlock and grant access. The employee serves as a guide briefly, so no one is left on their own for that particular room.
Unfortunately I had to deduct a star because when we asked to see the ducks, employees would sigh..!
Written January 17, 2023
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Momis
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Fantastic museum. I can’t believe it was free. We kept running into a staff member in each exhibit that was giving us all kinds of great information. I didn’t catch his name, unfortunately, but I can tell he enjoys educating people on the history of this amazing city.
Written November 6, 2022
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ChamL
Lynchburg, VA418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
My wife and I visited this museum on Sunday, March 12, 2023. This was our fifth trip to NOLA but first visit to the museum. It is free but you should make a voluntary donation. The museum itself is spectacular, very nicely renovated housing complex with lots of fascinating exhibits over three floors. We were there for almost three hours and did not see everything. In addition to the museum they also have a historic home we did not get to on this visit but plan on visiting on out next trip.
Written March 18, 2023
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newtravels99
United States1,720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
The museum and exhibition (across the street from each other on Royal) are well worth the visit. The museum is small, but has cool things to view. There’s a beautiful courtyard in the center of the building with some educational placards about the history of the building and courtyards in general.

The exhibition is really cool and has more modern exhibits that also incorporate the city’s history. The Mardi Gras exhibits are cool and you can see some costumes and parade displays…and much more.

Well worth a visit.
Written August 24, 2022
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JennJack
Washington DC, DC90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I didn’t know much beyond the basics about New Orleans before our visit. A couple of hours in both sections of the museum and the fascinating history had come to life. Highlights included a 360 degree film with a chronological approach to the city’s history. I’ve never wanted to go to Mardi Gras (crowds not my thing) and the film took me there without all the hassle! Lots of great music. Another highlight, the Spanish history of NOLA, of which I was previously ignorant. So many interesting multimedia displays, beautifully presented. And a kickass museum store. So glad I took the time to see it all. The staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. And it’s free. Amazing.
Written December 30, 2022
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Smokin Joe
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Came upon this place on a leisurely walk and it was one of the true highlights of our visit.
Admission was free, but was worth paying for.
We first went to the second floor, where we saw paintings of local scenes. The docent there was very passionate and informative about all of the paintings. In fact, he showed us one in particular, and where the scenes still exists. We made sure to find that scene and take a picture.
Finally, the Notre Dame exhibition was extravagant! Guests are equipped with computer pads that give the whole history of the cathedral from when it was first constructed to the fire in the 2010’s.
Can’t say enough good things about this experience. Thank you!
Written January 14, 2023
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