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Notre-Dame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition

November 15, 2022 - March 19, 2023

Recurring daily 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Historic New Orleans Collection brings world heritage to life with a 360-degree augmented reality immersion into the 850-year history of Notre-Dame Cathedral and its ongoing restoration in the aftermath of the tragic fire of April 15, 2019. Notre-Dame de Paris is designed and produced by Histovery, a French technology firm, in collaboration with the public institution in charge of the cathedral’s conservation and restoration, and with the generous support of L’Oréal.

This visually stunning experience joins other interactive technology on display at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s state-of-the-art new exhibition center at 520 Royal Street in the French Quarter. Visitors will navigate Notre-Dame de Paris through the ages by using a HistoPad™, an augmented reality touch-screen tablet developed by Histovery. The handheld device transports visitors back in time through its immersive, interactive reconstructions. Visitors will observe builders and craftspeople laying the first stones in the Middle Ages, witness the coronation of Emperor Napoleon I in 1804, see the iconic spire designed by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc being erected during the mid-19th-century restoration, look on as the Paris Fire Brigade battles the 2019 blaze, and watch current workers in action as they reconstruct this architectural masterpiece. Each visitor will be able to create a unique experience tailored to their own interests or learning style, and each HistoPad provides the exhibition content in more than 10 languages.

The exhibition’s emphasis on the restoration of the cathedral aligns with The Historic New Orleans Collection’s ongoing work to restore and maintain Vieux Carré buildings and steward them for future generations. As proud host of Notre-Dame de Paris, we pay tribute to our region’s French roots while embracing the promise of technological innovation to explore the many layers of history.

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The Historic New Orleans Collection

A free history museum in the heart of the French Quarter offering exhibitions on the culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. On-site museum shop and café reflect creativity and diversity of community and its past....