The Historic New Orleans Collection offers free exhibitions at both its Royal Street and Chartres Street campuses, and the public is welcome to access the wealth of historical materials available at the Williams Research Center. In addition, we offer tours as well as frequent special events.
Visitors can tour the Williams Residence, the home of the founders of THNOC, or learn about the history of French Quarter architecture within the walls of our Royal Street buildings and courtyards. Our smart phone tour and our app with historic photographs offer additional ways to learn about the city and THNOC's properties.
As part of our mission to preserve New Orleans's history and culture, THNOC has restored significant structures on Royal Street and Chartres Street that exemplify a variety of architectural styles.
General L. Kemper and Leila Williams restored the 1889 Italianate brick townhouse and helped to revitalize the French Quarter when they lived in this home from from 1946 to 1963.
In the Williams Research Center, patrons have access to more than 30,000 library items, more than two miles of documents and manuscripts, a microfilm collection, and more than 500,000 photographs, prints, drawings, and paintings, as well as three-dimensional objects.
Holidays observed are New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Mardi Gras days (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday), Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Plenty of public parking is available nearby, with the closest lots located on the 500 block of Chartres Street and the 500 block of Conti Street. Other lots are available on Decatur Street by the Mississippi River.