Tues - Sat 9:30am - 4:30pm Sun 10:30 - 4:30
Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a free museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its public galleries are at 520 Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter, the oldest part of the city.
The Welcome Center of the 1816 Seignouret-Brulatour Building at 520 Royal Street features an interactive smart table that maps properties within the French Quarter, referencing historical, architectural, legal, and sociological data on lots and structures from the early 1700s to the present. The display serves as an introduction to the free French Quarter Tours smartphone app, which carries 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.
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.
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. Visit hnoc.org to learn more about gallery hours and current exhibit offerings.