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Historic New Orleans Collection

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Address: 533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179
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+1 504-523-4662
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09:30 - 16:30
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Sun 10:30 - 16:30
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
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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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small but interesting museum

We always stop by this museum when we visit, and the ground floor exhibit is always something different and interesting. The staff are all wonderful and friendly and full of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We always stop by this museum when we visit, and the ground floor exhibit is always something different and interesting. The staff are all wonderful and friendly and full of information. Cute gift shop, too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My knowledge of New Orleans was based on annual footage of Mardi Gras nonsense. Thinking logically, I reasoned that Bourbon Street reveling had to be the way people acted in every single part of the city, and on every single day. Of course New Orleans is much more than Mardi Gras. New Orleans has huge reserves of culture, as demonstrated... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to stop by on our last day of a week long trip to New Orleans and I'm very happy we did! The museum is free, and for $5, you can have a tour of the beautiful residence. Well worth it! Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining... definitely a highlight of the trip.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This free museum offered a great overview of the interesting history of New Orleans and Louisiana. While the layout was a little strange, we were able to navigate our way chronologically through the development of New Orleans as we know it now. Each room is a different time period so walking from one room to the next, you advance the... More 

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw the collections of Clarence John Laughlin during our New Year visit. Was taken aback by the detailed work. I am no expert at contemporary art but this was definitely a nice visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is small but interesting museum hi-lighting the history of New Orleans from it's Native American origins, French, Spanish, and American backgrounds. There are many artifacts from the periods including personal items from local residents who lived in the city. It was free--no admission and a great place to experience the history of the city. Downstairs there was an excellent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an unassuming building that we happened to know about and run into. Entry is free. There is a wonderful collection of historical items including portraits and maps. Very nice bathroom. I really enjoyed it. About 1 hour

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is loaded with documents, maps, and art not to be missed. Plan on spending at least one hour here. The docent will give you a nice breakdown of the family and house which was very helpful. American photographer Clarence John Laughlin has many works here along with his letters and photos from other photographers around the world who... More 

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Palacios, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great bargain at $5/ person. Docent provided excellent history of family and home as we toured. A wonderful surprise!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent museum and well worth a visit of a few hours. Their collection of artefacts, maps, paintings and documents - including one of the original copies of the Louisiana Purchase, no less - was extremely impressive. The staff were so friendly and informative - I chatted with one volunteer for about an hour, and he kindly pointed... More 

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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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