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Royal Street Complex, 533 Royal Street
December 1–30, 2016
Tuesday–Saturday, 10 & 11 a.m., 2 & 3 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m., 2 & 3 p.m.
Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.
Each tour lasts approximately one hour.
Offered every year during the month of December.

Just in time for the holiday season, The Historic New Orleans Collection will once again offer Holiday Home and Courtyard Tours of the Williams Residence. The two-story brick townhouse, built in 1889 and restored in the 1940s, was owned by THNOC’s founders General L. Kemper and Leila Williams. Filled with antiques and art collected by the couple in their wide travels, the house was occupied by the Williamses from 1946 through 1964.         

Visitors to the residence will learn about the couple’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve celebrations. In keeping with the Williamses’ tradition of fresh greenery, the residence will feature a beautifully decorated tree with vintage ornaments and large boughs of fresh foliage, as well as photos of their holiday parties.


Rites, Rituals and Revelry: The History of Mardi Gras in
New Orleans
a special themed tour of THNOC ’s Louisiana History Galleries

Tuesday–Sunday, January 6–February 24, 2017
Tours will be offered daily at 11 a.m.

*Please note THNOC will be closed Saturday, February 25–Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.

Each tour lasts approximately one hour.

The Historic New Orleans Collection will once again offer a Carnival-themed tour of its Louisiana History Galleries at 533 Royal St.

THNOC’s Louisiana History Galleries use items from the institution’s vast permanent holdings to explore the evolution of Louisiana from its precolonial days to the present. These galleries are typically open for self-guided tours, but for “Rites, Rituals and Revelry: The History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans,” THNOC’s docents will lead visitors on a journey through time to discover the city’s Carnival traditions. The tour begins with celebrations during the French and Spanish colonial periods and in the early days of statehood and continues through the development of parading krewes, like Comus and Rex, to the arrival of Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs and Mardi Gras Indians, and concludes with today’s popular superkrewes.

THNOC will begin offering “Rites, Rituals and Revelry” tours on Friday, January 6, the first official day of the Carnival season. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and is available at 11 a.m. Tuesday–Sunday, until February 24. Admission is $5 or free for THNOC members. Free self-guided tours of THNOC’s Louisiana History Galleries are available Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Above: Procession of the “Mystic [sic] Krewe of Comus”; 1867; wood engraving with watercolor by James Earl Taylor, delineator; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1974.74.5