Media Contacts:
Anne Robichaux, The Historic New Orleans Collection
(504) 598-7137 |
Fay Sliger, High10 Media
(212) 918-2027 |


August 2014 | New Orleans, LA - On Saturday, Sept. 27, The Historic New Orleans Collection will be among 16 Louisiana museums participating in Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day Live! 2014, offering free admission to anyone who downloads an online ticket.

An annual celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Museum Day Live! reflects the spirit of the Smithsonian and emulates the free-admission policy of its Washington, D.C.-based facilities. Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors to Museum Day ticket holders free of charge for a day, encouraging support of these important educational centers.

As a Museum Day Live! 2014 participant, THNOC will offer ticket holders free guided tours of the Williams Residence Tour or the Architecture and Courtyards Tour. The offer is good for only one tour, both of which are offered at 533 Royal St. at 10 and 11 a.m., and 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

  • The Williams Residence showcases the elegant French Quarter home of THNOC's founders, General L. Kemper and Leila Williams, who purchased the 1889 two-story townhome in the late 1930s and furnished it with items from their world travels.
  • The Architecture and Courtyards Tour uses the seven historical structures that make up The Collection's Royal Street complex to illustrate the numerous architectural styles seen throughout the Vieux Carré, including a Creole Cottage, an American side-hall townhome and a Creole-Italianate townhome and three private courtyards.

How to Get A Museum Day Ticket
Fill out the simple online form to download your official Museum Day Live! 2014 ticket at One ticket provides museum access for two people to one participating institution. Only one admission card is permitted per household. Only an official Museum Day ticket is eligible for free entry, and attendees must present the ticket upon arrival to gain free entry.

Participating Louisiana Museums

New Orleans

  • The Historic New Orleans Collection
  • Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
  • Contemporary Arts Center
  • Gallier Historic House
  • Hermann-Grima Historic House Museum
  • Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans
  • Longue Vue House and Gardens 
  • National WWII Museum
  • New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
  • New Orleans Museum of ArtOgden Museum of Southern Art


  • Alexandria Museum of Art


  • Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum


  • Melrose Plantation

New Iberia

  • Shadows-on-the-Teche

Port Allen

  • West Baton Rouge Museum


About The Historic New Orleans Collection
Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. For more information, visit or call
(504) 523-4662.

About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space magazine, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.

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