The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher with three locations in the French Quarter: * the original location at 533 Royal St. (featuring a a house museum and a self-guided exhibition chronicling the history of Louisiana) * the Williams Research Center at 410 Chartres St. (where materials relating to the history and culture of the area are made available for further study) * the new exhibition center at 520 Royal St., which opened in 2019 and features educational galleries, a French Quarter exhibition, and changing exhibitions. Admission is free. Guided tours are $5 per person. Royal Street properties are open Tues-Sun, and the research center on Chartres Street is open Tues-Sat. In addition to being closed on Monday, THNOC is closed New Year's Day, MLK Jr. Day, Mardi Gras weekend (Sat-Tues), Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • dctravel
    Washington DC, District of Columbia2,331 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free Museum in the French Quarter
    Learned about the Historic New Orleans Collection from a tour guide earlier in the week. We were looking for something to do for a bit on our last day and decided to give it a try. The museum is free, which is a great bonus, and talks about the history of New Orleans. It was a good way to spend an hour or so on our last day.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 January 2024
  • jmattgardner
    Paducah, Kentucky66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free and Cool
    I thought this place was awesome. Entry was free and all the exhibits were interesting. They also have a really nice museum store. Great place to learn about New Orleans and grab some cool souvenirs. Guides were helpful and passionate when discussing the museum and the artifacts.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2024
  • ockerman
    188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New Orleans history in a lovely old building for free!
    Spend as much time or as little as you wish exploring all facets of New Orleans history and the revolving exhibits in a cool and comfortable setting. The docents are friendly and informative and be sure to take in the film. The gift shop is excellent as well and since the museum visit is free why not support them with a purchase.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 May 2024
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ockerman
NWArkansas188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Spend as much time or as little as you wish exploring all facets of New Orleans history and the revolving exhibits in a cool and comfortable setting. The docents are friendly and informative and be sure to take in the film. The gift shop is excellent as well and since the museum visit is free why not support them with a purchase.
Written 17 May 2024
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Kristin K
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A nice free museum in the French Quarter with an interesting historic collection and friendly docents. Just the right size to not be overwhelming. Lovely gift shop and clean restrooms.
Written 4 May 2024
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aslant
New York City, NY17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Best souvenir shop in all of New Orleans! Charming cafe. Very nice team. Thoughtfully curated exhibits. Highly recommended popping in!
Written 29 April 2024
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jmattgardner
Paducah, KY66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I thought this place was awesome. Entry was free and all the exhibits were interesting. They also have a really nice museum store. Great place to learn about New Orleans and grab some cool souvenirs. Guides were helpful and passionate when discussing the museum and the artifacts.
Written 4 April 2024
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Michael O
Lichfield, UK787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A great introduction to the city incorporating excellently preserved buildings, museums, and a number of research projects involving a study of the city. There was work gong on at the time so check any change in opening hours.
Written 2 April 2024
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dctravel
Washington DC, DC2,331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Learned about the Historic New Orleans Collection from a tour guide earlier in the week. We were looking for something to do for a bit on our last day and decided to give it a try. The museum is free, which is a great bonus, and talks about the history of New Orleans. It was a good way to spend an hour or so on our last day.
Written 24 January 2024
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CasandraTP
Sydney, Australia1,116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Discovered this museum whilst walking around the French Quarter and so glad we did. The current exhibitions are on American democracy, voting for women and the history of the French Quarter. Not being American I found the exhibitions really informative and shocking all at once. Especially how late in history the rights of women and race were. I also find it hard to believe that you don’t have to vote! There is some really interesting things on display. This really is a must see if visiting New Orleans and the best part it is free.
Written 22 July 2023
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thetravelorganizer
Tega Cay, SC603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 520 Royal Street, free admission, was host to “Notre Dame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition” during our visit. We spent more than 2 hours using a trademarked touchscreen tablet to explore the history of the construction of Notre Dame, the tragic and devastating 2019 fire, and the reconstruction that will culminate in the cathedral’s reopening planned for December, 2024. Unfortunately, this exhibit closed on March 19 but be on the watch for it at a museum near you.
Written 27 May 2023
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hengelhardt1
Raleigh, NC220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Great introduction to the city. Well done museum, and free! Start here if you're in NOLA. You'll learn about what you want to learn more about.
Written 5 May 2023
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sactokw
Northern Cal935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Impressive free museum about the history of the French Quarter and NOLA. Very knowledgeable museum docents (esp Winston Ho) who have enthusiasm for sharing the history of the area. Great way to spend 1-2 hours to learn some history and interesting facts.
Written 28 April 2023
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