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Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans
(4.7/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Take a step back in time at Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum and research center dedicated to the preservation of the city's history and culture. The museum holds some 35,000 library items, 350,000 photographs, prints, drawings, paintings, and other artifacts. Spread out over several buildings, the collection includes works on a range of local topics and notable historical figures. Learn about the New Orleans cuisine, Civil War, and Huey Long. Admission is free, and knowledgeable guides remain on duty throughout the day to assist curious visitors. Our New Orleans itinerary planner makes visiting Historic New Orleans Collection and other New Orleans attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The galleries on the upper floor present the founding of Louisiana with documents, curios and even a cellphone spiel to listen to. An interesting exhibit on retailing in New Orleans is available next ...  more »
  • The multiple locations have different exhibits. The money exhibit was so interesting and educational. Who knew there were so many different versions of money. The shopping exhibit was a fascinating lo...  more »
  • This is a small, free museum that has historic artifacts chronicling the history of New Orleans. It's a quick walk through but very interesting. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. They have...  more »
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  • Free museum with super nice people working there (or volunteering?... I'm not sure). From the outside you could easily walk by and miss this place, in fact I almost did. I walked in just out of curiosity (not quite sure if it was a gift shop, art gallery, or what) and I found what seemed to be a tiny two room museum/gift shop. I was greeted by a friendly lady who told me to check out the collection upstairs first as they were closing soon. So I go upstairs and wow... it's a whole museum, not just a little room or two. Sure it's a lot of paper products (maps, paintings, and the like) but it's well laid out with tablets full of information. I only had about 20 minutes so I rushed through it, but you could easily spend at hour in here. If you are looking to do New Orleans on a budget, or just want some culture before you start drinking, check this place out!
  • Nice little museum to visit. Historical maps, letters, posters, paintings and objects illustrating the history of the city and its connections since colonization. The house itself is also worth the visit. It is free
  • I love all the things that are on display to see. And a wonderful historical building
  • This museum is hosted in an old New Orleans house. The permanent collection contains many maps, letters and pictures of New Orleans and its battles since the times of the French colony. The volunteers were all very helpful and shared interesting stories about New Orleans and some about their curious lives as well. The entrance is free and the museum is in a great location, so there's no reason to skip this one!
  • Surprisingly interesting and well run. The Williams house is a bit strange as it is decorated in 1930s/1940s style, but an informative tour