Hermann-Grima House
Hermann-Grima House
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
This restored French Quarter home built in 1831, includes a Federalist architectural façade, original operating open-hearth kitchen, urban slave quarters, and expansive courtyard. The Urban Enslavement Tour at Hermann-Grima House, looks at the experiences of those who were enslaved in an urban setting, how that differed from those enslaved in rural settings, and how the contributions of people of African descent have shaped New Orleans. Condé Nast Traveler voted it one of the best tours in New Orleans and the only tour listed from a museum. We believe that nothing tells a story like a home. In addition, the property’s 19th-century carriage house is home to the The Exchange Shop, originally founded in the 1881 by The Woman’s Exchange and one of the oldest women-led non-profits in the South.
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Colleen K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredibly informative and intriguing.
    I have visited New Orleans several times, and I am a little embarrassed to admit I have never been on this tour till this past visit. A very kind and knowledgeable docent greeted us. The hour tour was so packed with information and history, I feel as though I received a semester's worth of knowledge in an hour's time. Jemima is an outstanding historian, and while you're learning from her, you feel steeped in the past with the backdrop of a pre-war mansion. I can't recommend this tour enough. If you're visiting New Orleans make it a priority to go, it's also affordable and the gift shop has a great selection of unique items from local artists.
    Visited October 2023
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Sharon G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Behind the Scenes Tour
    Ever wonder how the other half lived? See the backyard dwellings and learn about the lives of the enslaved who kept it all running. Then enter the main mansion and revisit historic New Orleans. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and open to learning from some of us historic buffs as well.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Bruce W
    Dover, Delaware51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great opportunity to view an 1850s period home in the French Quarter for a reasonable price
    My Wife and I really enjoyed the Creole Death and Mourning tour put on at the Gallier House on Royal St. in New Orleans. The home has been restored to 1850s condition as much as practical (It had been updated over the years), and the Guide was very friendly and appeared to be quite knowledgeable. The cost of the Tour was reasonable, and took about an hour.
    Visited October 2023
    Written 24 October 2023
  • 8baller38
    Denver, Colorado1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hermann-Grima House Urban Enslavement tour
    Robert was our tour guide and he was excellent. He had a great personality and was very entertaining in the way he delivered information regarding all aspects of the mansion including the slave quarters, the outdoor/ courtyard area and the interior of the house. Robert was very informative/knowledgeable and passionate about the homes storied past. My wife and I took 5 tours in New Orleans and this tour was our favorite. Would highly recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Adventure789452
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic visit
    The tour was intimate and wonderful. The tour guide, who had lived in Boston where I am from, was so wonderful and delightful. She shared her deep knowledge with group in a such a down to earth way. The information shared was very helpful in my ongoing work with the Malta Historic Society and the Notarial Archives in Malta. Highly recommend this museum (and it has an amazing gift shop that only has gifts/art made by local woman artists).
    Visited October 2023
    Written 1 November 2023
  • MPGeeee
    Saint Louis, Missouri1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see in New Orleans
    Taking this tour will open your eyes to the architecture of New Orleans. You'll never see the houses in the French Quarter the same. This tour discusses the urban (city) enslavement, and I recommend it as a companion to touring the Whitney Plantation to witness the true history of our nation's past and current conditions. Knowledgable and great staff!
    Visited November 2023
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Crabbie
    Chicago, Illinois7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational, be aware of tour schedule
    A very educational, concise guide about urban slavery history. The guide is very knowledgeable. Be aware that tours only start at certain time of the day and there’s no self-guided tour. I went first time at like 11:10am and couldn’t get in. Booking a tour with them in advance could also be helpful.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 November 2023
  • lawrence m
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and insightful tour!
    I really enjoyed this tour. A fascinating insight into the lives of a wealthy family and the lives of the slaves that served them. The tour of the house and slave quarters by the hugely knowledgeable guide makes this a visceral travel back in time experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Emma C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    Got tickets online the night before. Took the urban enslavement tour, was great. The tour guide was awesome, wish I could remember his name, he was very friendly, eccentric, and knowledgeable. Would recommend.
    Visited January 2024
    Written 15 January 2024
  • Stephanie S
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical French Quarter
    I am surprised this location isn’t publicized more as everyone visiting should learn about the enslavement that existed in this area. Jemima was my tour guide and did a phenomenal job teaching about a crucial peace of history in the French Quarter. She was extremely knowledgeable and provided amazing education to our tour group.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 January 2024
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js2acres
Olympia, WA17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Very interesting and a unique glimpse into the life of an urban enslaved person. Our guide was informative and inspired.
Written 30 June 2024
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letsgo12
Kansas City, MO290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The home was gorgeous. I was glad we got to go upstairs! I was happy there was a chair in the outdoors kitchen as my feet were hurting. I recommend bringing a water, even though you can't drink in the house. You can while waiting outside and while doing the outdoor tour part. The tour guide made some good historical points. You have to take it all with a bit of broad perspective also. What you have learned and know mixed in with what they say is true...I wish I could go back one day and see how the family really dressed, acted, ate....all of it.
Written 10 June 2024
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Carol C
Sterling Heights, MI228 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The actual tour of the home was very interesting and there was much to learn. However, our complaint was that our tour guide spoke too fast, not loud enough and did not enunciate which made it difficult for us to hear all the things he was telling us.
Written 7 June 2024
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Marsha R
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The girl who did the tour made her personal grievances against white people known to us all in ways she had no right to.
She told me outright in the gift shop afterword that she was mad at all white people.
During the tour she talked about a song the mammies would sing to the children both black and white and asked us what it meant to the black child as opposed to what it meant to the white child? After this we were told to watch the film Birth of a Nation.
I know this film it is about slave uprisings where they kill their white masters.
This girl was way out of line.
Written 7 June 2024
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Barbra S
Arvada, CO144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Incredible tour of an Urban enslavement house. It took about an hour and you got to go inside the servants quarters as well as the house itself. Half of the tour is outside in the hot weather so bring a fan or umbrella. The main house is air conditioned. You do have to maneuver stairs. We were happy to realize we were the only ones on our tour - so it was very personalized, powerful, and informative. We took our adult sons (ages 18 and 20) and they appreciated it too.
Written 6 June 2024
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Trek519744
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The tour covered a lot of ground and it was very interesting learning about how it was in the city. I learned a lot and the tour guide was great.
Written 4 June 2024
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16042102217
Green Bank, WV25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The tour guide was honest, enthusiastic and most knowledgeable. She offered to answer question and gave a frank view of slavery as well as a tour of the house. The only thing missing was the upstairs slave quarters - renovations being done. That was a disappointment, but she was great!
Written 24 May 2024
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161kimr
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Fantastic tour guide! He was very knowledgeable and I learned so much. He was a wealth of information. I highly recommend this tour!
Written 10 May 2024
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mcdedrick
Albany, NY1,500 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What a wonderful history filled tour of a storied old New Orleans mansion. Told by our knowledgeable guide through the eyes of what the enslaved people who worked there experienced, our guide really brought the story to life for us. Also we got to see people cooking a typical meal for the times in the same outside kitchen area that would have been used by the family’s enslaved people. Also, a great gift shop at the end of the tour where I found lots of interesting things made by local New Orleans residents.
Written 2 May 2024
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royjuju
Cynthiana, KY52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I found the tour very interesting. The tour guy was very informative but i do feel that this tour would be better with 2 hours rather than 1 hour. Also would have been better if the guide had a microphone, as even though i feel he was trying to address everyone, at times when he turned away it was difficult to hear.
Written 15 April 2024
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