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Historic New Orleans Collection

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French Quarter
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Address: 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: +1 504-523-4662
10:30 - 16:30
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Sun 10:30 - 16:30
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 16:30

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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Lots to look at

If you enjoy history this location has lots to look at. Lots of walking. Best seen during the day light hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you enjoy history this location has lots to look at. Lots of walking. Best seen during the day light hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

stumbled upon this museum...small, but well done. when i was in town, exhibit on shopping during past centuries. Enjoyable. And, the giftshop has a great selection of items, especially if looking for some nice NOLA souvenirs. And, the selection of books...hard to choose just one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is excellent for history buffs. We got lucky - went on the 1st Friday of the month where guided tours were 50 cents. This is all about the history of New Orleans - the guided tour takes you places not open to the rest of the public with top notch tour guides. We got there when they opened and... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has never disappointed us. We love to go to each new show and learn so much about New Orleans. I highly recommend this for everyone that visits New Orleans. You will be happy you went.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just did the free display walk through. They do offer a Williams residence house tour for a small fee.

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Irvine, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This gem of a museum has documents, artifacts, artworks, and superb docents throughout. We plan on returning just to absorb more, one visit wasn't nearly enough.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The galleries on the upper floor present the founding of Louisiana with documents, curios and even a cellphone spiel to listen to. An interesting exhibit on retailing in New Orleans is available next to a great gift shop.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The multiple locations have different exhibits. The money exhibit was so interesting and educational. Who knew there were so many different versions of money. The shopping exhibit was a fascinating look at the retail history of the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small, free museum that has historic artifacts chronicling the history of New Orleans. It's a quick walk through but very interesting. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. They have original maps and slave shackles and a copy of the Code Noir. Fascinating stuff. Very friendly and helpful staff. They offer guided tours... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was walking by this place when I decided to go in. The historic collection is very nicely done and worth the visit. On the first floor there was an exhibit on shopping during the past centuries which was kind of fun, but I really liked the second floor traces the history of New Orleans from the Louisiana Purchase to... More 

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