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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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Hours Today: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179
French Quarter
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would recommend starting here to understand city better. Staff is knowledgeable and super friendly.

Thank Matija P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our experience here very much. There were many very nice historical items. We loved learning about the history of the area. The museum is free of charge and is well worth the visit.

Thank Max P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Historic New Orleans Collection is very nice and you will enjoy your time and spend lovely time and dream with this place always nice dreams. I like it so much

Thank khaledmohamed_12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for a place to spend a little time between other planned activities & at reasonable expense. Just planned an hour two. What we found was amazing. The museum was so full of local information & the docents were so well informed &...More

Thank EnjoysDining727
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm so glad we went to the Historic Collection. We began by taking the house tour. This was a mid-century home of a wealthy couple, not an old historic home. I love visiting houses that I could imagine living in that were the homes of...More

Thank Kathy E
Reviewed 6 November 2017

My wife and I love both history and old maps -- this place has both! They also have a bunch of antique hand-carved duck decoys and portraits of people we've never heard of. That was less interesting, in our opinions, than what was upstairs. It...More

Thank vvahoo206
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We bumped into this place...to our surprise it was free and showing the history of Storyville. Very very interesting.

Thank dischlies
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I think I have been on every visit to town. The exhibits change and it usually takes 30-60 minutes to see. The gift shop is a must see.

Thank Ron T
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Amazing presentation of New Orleans history, Lots of good information, well presented, with friendly knowledgeable staff. Went twice and enjoyed so much.

Thank chrissy486
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Free except to visit house and courtyards on premise. Has great interact screens that you touch and read description of items. Plus they have guides that are more than happy to educate you. If you have time allow the guides to talk with you ,...More

Thank Terry B
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
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