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Historic New Orleans Collection

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French Quarter
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Address: 533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179
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+1 504-523-4662
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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Amazing Artifacts

Quite a collection of artifacts and well described using interactive iPad. Docents we're very friendly and helpful.

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Quite a collection of artifacts and well described using interactive iPad. Docents we're very friendly and helpful.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easily walked past it several times, until I noticed the small sign, So glad I did. Wonderful museum, informative staff. The rotating display in the downstairs gallery was on Shopping in New Orleans. Upstairs galleries had some amazing documents, and maps. The museum covers the history of the city and the region. There are many pieces of art on display... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

well worth a visit. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful, I learned so much and the exhibits are beautifully presented. I wish I had more time to revisit but so glad I found the time to have a look.

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No matter how many times I have been here, there is so much to learn of the history and this is a great place to learn; centrally located and easy to find, should start here before wandering aimlessly.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour book recommended this place - a great, pleasant, and FREE museum of the history of this great city - and they steered us right. It is not an enormous place, and can be covered in an hour but when you leave you will have a better understanding why New Orleans is the rich, unique city it is. Displays... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great spot to get the history of New Orleans, and it's free! Smack dab in the middle of the Quarter on Royal Street.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located right in the French Quarter, the Historic New Orleans Collection is an outstanding museum and research center devoted to the preservation of the history of the French Quarter and New Orleans. I am so glad I went there. In fact I visited the HNOC twice during my four day stay because there was so much to see and learn... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Over a hundred bird decoys on display. Antiques that were over 200 years old plust the history of the LA purchase. A hidden gem.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To understand New Orleans, her people, history and culture, no better place can be offered than a visit to the amazing Historic New Orleans Collection on Royal St. It is a living museum of rare scholarly sources and historical documents which enlighten, elucidate and rectify any perceptions help to any component of New Orleans and Louisiana Creole cultural history. It... More 

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Interesting little museum about the fascinating history of New Orleans. Cool exhibits and information. Bonus: Clean bathroom in the French Quarter!

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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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