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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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533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179
French Quarter
+1 504-523-4662
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Reviewed yesterday

this is a wonderful collection of museums. very informative and well kept . I would go back again if given the chance.

Thank tracy6964
Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited the Collection as a part of a teacher professional development at the WWII Museum. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, as it doesn't look like much from the outside. However, I am really glad we stopped here! First, this is actually...More

Thank Robby M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our pedicab driver was a history buff and recommended this great little museum. It has nice exhibits, and is a wonderful opportunity to walk through a former French Quarter home. There's no charge, and it was very enjoyable.

Thank Charleen H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The main museum is located inside the Williams residence at 533 Royal . It is possible to take a tour of the residence ( home of the museum's founders). Check website for times. Cost is 5$. The exhibits and permanent collection are free and open...More

Thank priscoharley
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While I was wondering around the city for the first time on my own, I stumbled onto this historic house and gallery. It was a very nice and big place to get a feel for the old New Orleans. It is well done and there...More

Thank Karen O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This building houses a large research library of New Orleans historical information. There is a great exhibit through Dec 2, 2017 on the old Storyville section of the city that housed the prostitutes and brothels. Lots of photographs, a few artifacts, blue books-nicely curated. Admission...More

Thank Norine C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is bigger than it appears from the street and the galleries are arranged so that you can self guide.Docents are on hand. When we visited there was a terrific exhibition of jazz posters featuring major artistes. My husband was in seventh heaven. Entry is...More

Thank KokoLB
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

HNOC provides insights into New Orleans past. Two current exhibits showcase the history of Storyville - the famous "red light" district in old New Orleans - and another profiles some of the jazz greats who have left their mark on music. Staff at both locations...More

Thank Annabelle1952
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I saw the exhibit on Storyville, how it came to be, pictures of the "houses" and copies of the guide books that were distributed, the Blue Books to the Tenderloin District. I spent a pleasant 30 or so minutes there with my wife and daughter...More

Thank BluegrassJayhawk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely little museum with interesting artifacts. And it is free! There are a good amount of staff members/volunteers around that are more than willing to tell you more about anything you read or have any questions about.

1  Thank tracyrocks
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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