Self-Guided Tour of the Louisiana History Galleries

Screen shot of mobile tour stop of History Gallery tour Learn at your own pace about Louisiana’s history with our free Louisiana History Galleries smartphone tour. The tour includes a gallery map and video commentary by the History Galleries curators about items on exhibit.

Bring your own phone or tablet to the Collection and watch for this icon in the galleries. We will provide earphones at the Orientation Center. Minitablets loaded with the tour are also available at the Orientation Center at no charge.




Architecture and Courtyard Tour via Cell Phone or Podcast
The Collection offers a free, self-guided audio version of the Architecture and Courtyard Tour by cell phone or iPod. To experience the self-guided options, you can download the 8-part tour to your iPod (THNOC Architectural Tour: Introduction and parts 1–7); it is also available through iTunes (search for "The Historic New Orleans Collection"). Preloaded iPods are also available for on-site use in the Orientation Center at 533 Royal Street.

For the cell phone audio tour, call (504) 799-0178 to be guided along Royal and Toulouse Streets. Building-specific codes are provided at the entrance to each of the Royal Street campus buildings: Merieult House (533 Royal Street), the Townhouse (714 Toulouse Street), the Williams Residence (718 Toulouse Street), the Louis Adam House (722 Toulouse Street), and the Creole Cottage (726–28 Toulouse Street).


Historic New Orleans iPhone App

Historic New Orleans app screen imageDiscover the city’s past as the Historic New Orleans app determines your location and shares photos from the early 1900s through 1950s taken in the same spot. Using the app, you enjoy the following features:

  • find over 350 historical photos based on your location
  • browse the photoset and zoom in for details
  • share the photos via email, Facebook, or Twitter
  • learn more by viewing each photo’s record in The Historic New Orleans Collection’s online catalogue
  • use the augmented reality Guide Me! function to find the site of each historic photo
  • use Guide Me! and your phone’s camera to superimpose the historic view upon the present-day view, blend them together, and create an image that can be saved and shared with friends.

All photos are from The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection. Franck (1877–1965) was a commercial photographer in New Orleans; his studio was purchased in 1955 by Albert Bertacci (1935–2005). Tens of thousands of photographs and negatives from the Franck and Franck-Bertacci studios, held at The Historic New Orleans Collection, chronicle the growth of Louisiana, and New Orleans in particular, during the 20th century.

Available for free on the Apple App store


If you don't have an iPhone, you can still have the same then-and-now experience with historical New Orleans photography by visiting THNOC on