Death Riding on a Red Fish“Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History”
Halloween-themed tours of THNOC’s Louisiana History Galleries
Tuesday–Sunday, October 1–30, 2016
Daily at 11 a.m.
533 Royal Street

Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.

In medieval allegory, “la danse macabre,” or the dance of death, is a ritualized march to the grave—a sober reminder of life’s finality cloaked in wicked mirth. In a similar spirit, THNOC’s new Halloween-themed tours of its Louisiana History Galleries, “Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History,” will lead visitors on a merry tromp down some of the creepier backroads of New Orleans lore. From the unwholesome subject of executions in French Louisiana to the gritty logistics of cemetery relocation, the tour is a toast to the authentically spooky—a veritable dance to the grave. Beware, the setting is reality: mosquitos, serial killers, colonialism and unlawful assembly are just some of the topics likely to produce a bedlam of fright, insights and delights.

Tours will be available daily Tuesday–Sunday, October 1–30, at 11 a.m. Admission is $5 or free for THNOC members. Please note: these tours are not intended for children.


holiday courtyard img Holiday Home and Courtyard Tours
Royal Street Complex, 533 Royal Street
Offered every year during the month of December.
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.

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.