Join The Historic New Orleans Collection for both regional bus trips and study tours.

Regional Trips
THNOC periodically offers trips to regional museums hosting special exhibitions. 

Annual Study Tours
The study tours examine Louisiana history in an international context. Canada, France, England, Portugal, and Spain are among the past destinations.

Paris and New Orleans: 1718–2018
April 25–May 3, 2018
Click here for a full itinerary and registration information.

This tour is SOLD OUT. Call (504) 523-4662 to place your name on the waiting list.

For three hundred years, New Orleans has been linked to Paris politically, culturally, socially, and artistically. The 2018 study tour will explore the individuals and institutions critical to the development of New Orleans.

Participants will visit magnificent seventeenth- and eighteenth-century châteaux in Normandy, the region from which New Orleans founder Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville hailed, and make an excursion to the famed Manufacture des Gobelins, a tapestry factory, which was purchased by Jean-Baptiste Colbert on behalf of Louis XIV in 1662 for the manufacture of tapestries, furniture, and works of art for royal households and diplomatic gifts. Colbert was controller general of finance and secretary of state for the navy during France’s early colonization of North America. Special tours of the Musée Nissim de Camondo and the Musée Condé in the Château de Chantilly will explore the lifestyle and art of the eighteenth century.

Art and music lovers will be especially excited about a tour of the recently restored Opéra Comique, the showplace for numerous nineteenth-century operas that subsequently received their US premiere in New Orleans, and a special meal at Restaurant Prunier, a renowned monument to the art deco movement. Several New Orleans artists, including Josephine Crawford, Angela Gregory, and Lelia Haller, perfected their skills in Paris during the heyday of the art deco period.

On the occasion of the 215th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, we will explore a great collection of Napoleonic artifacts and documents at the Fondation Napoléon. Other tour highlights include visits to the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the library of the Musée national d’histoire naturelle, which houses plant samples sent from Louisiana to France in the 1720s. The tour will end with a special dinner in the Hôtel Mazin Lafayette, the final residence of General Lafayette, the lauded Revolutionary War general who visited Louisiana during a visit to the United States in 1824–25.