The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans

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Take a step back in time at The 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. To visit The Historic New Orleans Collection on your holiday in New Orleans, and find out what else New Orleans has to offer, use our New Orleans travel itinerary planner.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Historical papers, arts, music, maps describing the history of New Orleans for the past 300 years. Don't miss this wonderful piece of New Orleans history.  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Small museum with an extraordinary amount of information. Free to visitors. Well staffed with very informative attendants. Located in an historic very New Orleans stylr House it has a very authentic a...  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    We enjoyed visiting and reading about the history of the area. Great old pictures and the staff was very informative .  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    Go here. See and learn about the real and significant history of New Orleans. The NOHC concerts are fun (often free or minimal cost). The special exhibits never fail to fascinate and educate.
  • June 16, 2017
    Free museum with lots of curators around to help make the exhibits interesting. One of my favorite museums in New Orleans
  • May 14, 2017
    Nice little free museum if you're interested in nolas European beginnings. Lots of maps.
  • October 7, 2016
    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!
  • December 21, 2016
    Best local museum in NOLA, extraordinary collections housed in several buildings. The tour is interesting although not compelling. Gift shop is the best we found in French Quarter.

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