As the City of New Orleans prepares a return to Phase One protocols, The Historic New Orleans Collection will suspend on-site activities, while continuing to offer a robust array of virtual resources and programs.

Beginning Saturday, January 9,

  • THNOC's museums and courtyards will be closed, but we do encourage you to browse the dozen-plus virtual exhibitions and walking tour app available online.
  • The Williams Research Center will only be accessible remotely. Researchers will not be allowed on the premises, but requests can be sent to or submitted via phone at (504) 598-7171, Tuesday–Friday. The online catalog is also available.
  • The Shop at The Collection will be closed to visitors, but our staff will continue to process online orders at and offer curbside pickup.
  • Café Cour will be closed.
  • All virtual field trips and virtual events will continue as planned.

Like our colleagues in local government and public health, we will reassess circumstances on Friday, January 29, but until that time, the above measures will be implemented.

Regrettably, this change of plans means that one of our marquee exhibitions, Cajun Document: Acadiana, 1973–74, will close earlier than anticipated. Its final day will be Friday, January 8. The two remaining events for the exhibition will proceed as planned, and the online exhibition will remain available, as well as the extraordinary book that accompanies this show.

These are challenging times, and we are all confronted with difficult decisions. We’ve made these plans after much consideration, and although we will be closed in some ways, THNOC’s staff are committed to fulfilling the organization’s mission. I encourage you to participate in our online programs, visit our website regularly (particularly our digital portal, History from Home), stay connected with THNOC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube), and register for THNOC emails, if you haven’t already done so.

Thank you for your interest in and continued support of The Historic New Orleans Collection, and look for an update to this message at the end of the month.

Daniel Hammer
The Historic New Orleans Collection