Past Exhibitions

  • January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2018

    The Historic New Orleans Collection is proud to announce the donation of more than 300 hand-carved decoys and other works of art by southeastern Louisianan craftsmen.

  • Poster for 1988 Jazz Jamboree Festival in Warsaw, Poland; 1988; offset lithogragh by Waldemar Świerzy; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Fritz Daguillard, 2017.0003.4

    Poster for 1988 Jazz Jamboree Festival in Warsaw, Poland; 1988; offset lithogragh by Waldemar Świerzy; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Fritz Daguillard, 2017.0003.4

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    April 21, 2017 to December 30, 2017

    Giants of Jazz: Art Posters by Waldemar Świerzy from the Daguillard Collection highlights THNOC’s new collection of jazz posters made by the Polish artist Waldemar Świerzy (1931–2013).

  • 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

    January 1, 2000 to December 30, 2017

    The Louisiana History Galleries are temporarily closed to allow for the installation of New Orleans, the Founding Era. They will reopen in June 2018.

  • Postcard showing view of Storyville; New Orleans: C. B. Mason, [1904–8]; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1979.362.16

    Postcard showing view of Storyville; New Orleans: C. B. Mason, [1904–8]; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1979.362.16

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    April 5, 2017 to December 9, 2017

    This exhibition revives the sights and sounds of New Orleans’s former red-light district a century after its closing.

  • The Spring Fiesta Art Show; 1941; oil on canvas by Clarence Millet (1897–1959); The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Laura Simon Nelson, 1996.122.1

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    May 2, 2017 to November 4, 2017

    The Laura Simon Nelson Galleries will once again showcase selections from the extensive collection of Louisiana art donated to THNOC by Laura Simon Nelson.

  • A. B. Griswold and Co. advertisement; by John William Orr, engraver; wood engraving from Jewell’s Crescent City Illustrated; New Orleans, 1874; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1951.41.23

    A. B. Griswold and Co. advertisement; by John William Orr, engraver; wood engraving from Jewell’s Crescent City Illustrated; New Orleans, 1874; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1951.41.23

    September 23, 2016 to April 9, 2017

    "Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825–1925" invites visitors to peer into 19th- and early 20th-century shop windows.

  • Clarence John Laughlin in his home library; 1981; photoprint mounted on board by Nancy Robinson Moss; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Mr. Stanton M. Frazar, 1985.242

    Clarence John Laughlin in his home library; 1981; photoprint mounted on board by Nancy Robinson Moss; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Mr. Stanton M. Frazar, 1985.242

    November 15, 2016 to March 25, 2017

    A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905–1985) began his career as photographer in the 1930s, eventually emerging as one of America’s pioneers in surrealist and experimental photography.

  • May 17, 2016 to October 29, 2016

    American banknotes in the twenty-first century are recognizable for their uniform size, green ink, built-in anti-counterfeiting features, and universal acceptance as the US’ only paper money.

  • March 13, 2016 to September 11, 2016

    Since the founding of New Orleans, women have played an active role in shaping the city.

  • May 3, 2016 to August 7, 2016

    April 23, 2016, marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the most famous writer in the history of the English language.