Education galleries alphabet block

Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

520 Royal Street

Admission is free.

The Education Galleries provide the The Historic New Orleans Collection’s first dedicated space for people of all ages to touch, see, smell, and hear the awe-inspiring culture of the city. Designed to provide a broad sampling of New Orleans culture, the galleries encourage people of all ages to engage with objects on view and discover the complex web of stories that make up our collective history.

The galleries, housed on the second floor of the historic Seignouret-Brulatour Building, present large-scale images from THNOC’s holdings, video clips, touchable objects, a smelling station, archaeological material, and a virtual reality headset that each relate to a tangible piece of New Orleans culture.

A key component of the space is the archaeological material excavated from beneath the Seignouret-Brulatour building and a well in an adjacent courtyard prior to renovations. Archaeologists unearthed a trove of items from previous inhabitants, many of which are on display in the Education Galleries, giving visitors a link to the people who were here centuries before.