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Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a free museum dedicated to the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its public galleries are at 520 and 533 Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter, the oldest part of the city.
The Welcome Center on the main level of the 1816 Seignouret-Brulatour Building at 520 Royal Street features an interactive smart table. This large touch-screen maps properties within the French Quarter, referencing historical, architectural, legal, and sociological data on individual lots and structures from the early 1700s to the present. The display serves as an introduction to the free French Quarter Tours app, which transfers self-guided walking tours linked to New Orleans literature and music, the history of free people of color in the Quarter, landmarks of the slave trade, and more to visitors’ smart phones.
On the third floor of the Seignouret-Brulatour Building visitors can explore the French Quarter Galleries, a permanent exhibition that surveys the Vieux Carré via images, objects, and dynamic interactive displays.
Beyond the building’s restored courtyard, the 2019 Tricentennial Wing houses changing exhibitions on a variety of themes. The carriageway at 520 Royal is also your portal to The Shop at The Collection, the finest destination in the French Quarter for locally sourced keepsakes and gifts, and Café Cour, offering affordable cuisine honoring local and regional foodways in a casual courtyard setting. Café Cour also provides vegan and gluten-free options.
Just across the rue, at 533 Royal Street, stands the Merieult House. Originally built in 1792 for a merchant and slave trader, today the property serves as home to the Louisiana History Galleries, presenting a narrative of the state’s multicultural history using art and artifacts from the precolonial era through Hurricane Katrina.
Both the 520 and 533 Royal Street campuses have beautiful courtyards with displays exploring the construction and architecture of the various sites; the lives of the buildings’ occupants, including free and enslaved people; notable events; and the later efforts of preservationists who restored the properties to their current condition.
With activities for all ages, clean and accessible spaces, on-site dining and shopping, and free admission, The Historic New Orleans Collection is an ideal destination in the French Quarter. THNOC is open Tuesday through Sunday, excluding major holidays. Details on gallery hours, current offerings, parking, and more are available at hnoc.org.