A variety of tours of the Royal Street campus are available daily. All tours begin at 533 Royal Street.

Architecture and Courtyard Tour: The docent-led tour highlighting the architecture of The Collection's Royal Street campus explores the history of French Quarter architecture, the different types and styles represented in the buildings and courtyards of THNOC, as well as the various people who have lived on this site. Note: this is a tour of The Collection's Royal Street properties, not a walking tour of the French Quarter.

 

photo of Williams Residence with courtyard

Williams Residence Tour: Built in 1889 and restored by General L. Kemper and Leila Williams in the 1940s, this Italianate, two-story townhouse is now a house museum that reflects the elegant, mid-20th-century lifestyle of the owners. Tucked away behind the Merieult House at the end of a classic French Quarter courtyard, the Williams Residence is filled with antiques and other objets d’art collected by the couple in their wide travels. The Williamses moved into the house in 1946 and lived there until 1963. During those years the couple collected materials that eventually formed the basis of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Established as a museum in 1973, the Williams Residence is the only French Quarter house open to the public with original furnishings. The tour includes a walk through the Williamses’ lush French Quarter courtyards.

 

Schedule of Daily Public Tours
Tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Tuesday–Saturday; 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
$5 per person; groups of eight or more should contact Lori Boyer, (504) 598-7145; lorib@hnoc.org.

 

Smartphone Tours
Use your cell phone to access free tours of our Louisiana History Galleries and our Royal Street campus of historic buildings. In addition, you can download our free app that allows you to browse a map for historic photographs of New Orleans streets.

 

Group Tours
Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Groups of eight or more should contact Lori Boyer, (504) 598-7145; lorib@hnoc.org.

 

School Groups
THNOC welcomes schoolchildren of all ages. Customized field trips—which could include docent-led tours, special lectures, or guided visits to our research center—will bring the region’s history to life for students. The field trips are available free of charge, but reservations are required. Please contact Sarah McKenney, education assistant, to make arrangements: (504) 556-7669, smckenney@hnoc.org.

 

Tours for Members
Visit the membership page for information on curator-guided tours of regional historical sites and private, guided tours of The Collection included in selected membership packages.

 

photo of snow on courtyard at THNOCHoliday Home and Courtyard Tours: Visit the festively decorated residence and courtyard of General L. Kemper and Leila Williams, founders of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Browse through the Shop at The Collection for unique gift items.
Offered during December.
$5 per person, free for THNOC members