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“A Real Find in the Heart of the French Quarter”

Historic New Orleans Collection
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Ranked #22 of 370 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Anyone looking to discover New Orleans history will enjoy this collection. We visited the museum to view the exhibit "Louisiana Under the French Co. of the Indies". It is fantastic and very well done. We also toured the building in which the collection is housed. A chronological history of New Orleans & Louisiana is covered in the permanent collection. Very interesting to see true French Quarter architecture. It is free of charge, and easily seen in 1-2 hours. A remarkable visit.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

On our recent trip to the Historic New Orleans Collection, we toured only the house which was originally constructed around 1830. The rooms were very accessible, unlike many museums where you must lean over the rope to get a glimpse. On many tours, guides sound like parrots and tend to ask the visitors inane questions. Fortunately, we had an excellent guide, who was not only interesting, but posed challenging questions to the group. The movie before the tour was very good and gave much info about the house and families that resided there.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

This is one of Our local treassures. The Historic New Orleans Collection preserves and showcases Our cities heritage. I am proud to have such an istitution and visit their exhibits whenever I am in the French Quarter. Highly recomended to those who are true history buffs.

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We loved the French Quarter background history we got before the tour of the house. And it's always great to tour a house with all the original furnishings. The best part is the Kitchen and Butlers pantry. Huge 1940s Roper stove is great.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

This was an excellent diversion in the FQ, but I really was stunned that a full HALF of the building's collections didn't have ANY info. A brilliant collection of Newcombe College pottery didn't have a single placard or title card with ANY info on Newcombe College, the artists, the clay, the glaze styles, anything. And while we clearly were interested in info, the ladies at the desk were too busy discussing internal museum daily doings to give us any info either.
There is a stunning portrait gallery behind the Newcombe College pottery collection, again, not a single painting had a card with info as to the sitter, the artist, historical significance.
It's one of those interesting places where beautiful objects displayed without context just fall a bit flat.
We were never charged for either side of the museum and there was no tour, so we didn't hear any of the info that other museum goers have raved about. The gift shop is nice and has a brilliant collection of books and some are not available elsewhere because they're from local publishing houses.
We don't feel ripped off because we didn't pay anything, but it was disappointing. Upstairs were several docents sitting and staring at the opposite wall, all of them raved about the collection, the significance of the items and the museum in general but none of them could answer a single question. Which frankly was just weird.
Downstairs I asked about older maps of the area and was directed to go upstairs where I could find "ALL the info I could possibly need", upstairs I was directed to several framed maps on the walls. None of which had any of the info I needed and without knowing what section of the city to look in, I wasn't able to find the streets I was looking for anyways. The docents upstairs weren't able to help other than to rave about how wonderful it was for the museum to have the maps. They couldn't read them, but they knew they were "wonderful!"
It wasn't bad and I highly recommend a visit but it was weird.

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