Current Exhibitions

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Voices of Progress: Twenty Women Who Changed New Orleans

April 13–September 11, 2016
533 Royal St.

Since the founding of New Orleans, women have played an active role in shaping the city. (more…)

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“Merry as the Day Is Long”: Shakespeare’s Hand in New Orleans

May 3–June 4, 2016
WRC, 410 Chartres Street

April 23, 2016, marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the most famous writer in the history of the English language. To commemorate this event, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, has assembled a traveling exhibition of the Bard’s first printed collection of works, known as the First Folio and considered one of the most valuable books in the world. The exhibition will visit all fifty states, with the Newcomb Gallery at Tulane University to represent Louisiana. As Newcomb hosts the First Folio May 9–31, 2016, THNOC is proud to show support for this wonderful cultural opportunity by presenting “Merry as the Day Is Long”: Shakespeare’s Hand in New Orleans, a small-scale exhibition at the Williams Research Center examining the lasting influence of Shakespeare’s life and work in New Orleans. (more…)

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Awash with Color: Seldom-Seen Watercolor Paintings by Louisiana Artists, 1789–1989

January 21–June 4, 2016
Laura Simon Nelson Galleries
400 Chartres St.

Watercolor is a versatile and easily transportable medium. Artists in the nineteenth century used it to paint landscapes en plein aire and to make preliminary sketches before executing an oil painting. In the 20th century, the medium became more popular for completed paintings. (more…)

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Money, Money, Money! Currency Holdings from The Historic New Orleans Collection

May 17–October 29, 2016
WRC, 410 Chartres Street

American banknotes in the twenty-first century are recognizable for their uniform size, green ink, built-in anti-counterfeiting features, and universal acceptance as the United States’ only paper money. (more…)

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The Anne and Dick Stephens Collection of Louisiana Decoys and Wildfowl Artifacts

Now on view
533 Royal St.

The Historic New Orleans Collection is proud to announce the donation of more than 300 hand-carved decoys and other works of art by southeastern Louisianan craftsmen. (more…)

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THNOC exhibition at Louisiana Children’s Museum

Tues–Sat, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • Sun, noon–4:30 p.m.
420 Julia Street

The Historic New Orleans Collection is proud to announce a new collaboration with the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Expanding on LCM’s current architecture exhibit, a new display located on the second floor will teach children ages 4 through 10 about 19th-century life in the French Quarter through recreations of some of THNOC’s properties. (more…)