A Plantation Burial; 1860; oil on canvas by John Antrobus; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1960.46

A Plantation Burial; 1860; oil on canvas by John Antrobus; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1960.46

Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
533 Royal Street
Admission is free.
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The Louisiana History Galleries, described by Frommer’s New Orleans as “the best introduction to the city that a visitor can get,” are on the second floor of the 1792 Merieult House at 533 Royal Street and comprise 13 galleries. This permanent exhibition presents a narrative of the state’s history using art and artifacts that date from precolonial history through Hurricane Katrina. The galleries are organized chronologically and display rare and one-of-a-kind items such as a coded letter about negotiations for the purchase of Louisiana from France, sent to Thomas Jefferson by a US agent. Paintings, prints, and photographs illustrate notable people, events, and scenes of New Orleans’s colorful past.