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Historic New Orleans Collection

533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179
+1 504-523-4662
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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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533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179
French Quarter
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"free museum"
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"original documents"
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"current exhibit"
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"andrew jackson"
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"williams house"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thanks to the people so dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of this great city! This collection of original documents and artifacts is just amazing! We were given a floor plan and there was a volunteer in each room to explain the significance of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is free. The staff were very helpful. It is relatively small but it is worth a look. You are allowed to take pictures.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rich beyond imagination with details regarding New Orleans, it can be time-consuming and worth every second if you are a devout architect and/or historian. Too much to go into here.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was billed as being full of historical items of New Orleans but when we went there it was two rooms. One full of duck decoys and the other with paintings of famous people from New Orleans past. Self guided and free. Unless there is...More

Thank Spring C
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Lauren N, Marketing associate at Historic New Orleans Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting The Historic New Orleans Collection, and we apologize your visit didn't live up to your expectations. A portion of our campus at 533 Royal St is currently between exhibitions while we take down our special Tricentennial exhibition and re-install our permanent...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the Williams house and was able to visit this historically preserved property with an excellent guide. It brings the past of the city to life.

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Lauren N, Marketing associate at Historic New Orleans Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and recommending The Historic New Orleans Collection and the house museum of our founders, Kemper and Leila Williams.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to understand New Orleans past and present this museum will help you with that! do not miss it

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Lauren N, Marketing associate at Historic New Orleans Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and recommending The Historic New Orleans Collection!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've searched through their photography sections many times, New Orleans is amazing how much it has stayed the same.

Thank Christopher F
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Lauren N, Marketing Associate at Historic New Orleans Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for supporting THNOC! We are committed to making our materials available and accessible to the public, and we love hearing how people use them!

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

I loved my first trip to NOLA, but my favorite street was Royal! I loved everything about this street, from the historic buildings and shops to the charm! Don't miss this street while in the French Quarter. It is so worth it!!! And yes they...More

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Reviewed 8 June 2018

The docents are terrific and able to answer questions about the city's fascinating history under many flags - Spanish, French, British, American. The only drawback was not seeing a certified copy of the Louisiana Purchase which was in storage in anticipation of the new renovation...More

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Lauren N, Marketing Associate at Historic New Orleans Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting The Historic New Orleans Collection! I hope you'll return to see the Purchase documents, which will be re-installed in their permanent location as part of our Louisiana History Galleries, re-opening Friday, June 29. That space hosted our expansive Tricentennial exhibition on...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

I could spend an hour just lookin’ at the map of New Orleans painted on the wall at the top of the steps. I lived in New Orleans for years before I finally checked this place out. The first floor has changing exhibits which are...More

Thank Robby E
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