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Travel to the heart of the city and explore our complex of historic French Quarter buildings packed with the stories of the Crescent City and its surrounding region. With free admission, it's one of the most accessible things to do in New Orleans.

Visitors are encouraged to book timed-entry tickets in advance. Effective September 21, 2021, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, is now required for admission for all visitors 12 years of age or older. See the menu below for details.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Safety Protocols

The safety and well-being of The Historic New Orleans Collection’s (THNOC’s) visitors and employees are of the utmost importance, and we have implemented the following measures: 

Proof of COVID-19 vaccine or negative PCR test required 

Beginning in September, The Historic New Orleans Collection is requiring everyone 12 years of age and older entering this facility to provide proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative PCR test result from the past 72 hours. 

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. 

Acceptable proof of vaccine: 

  • LA Wallet app SMART health card
  • An original digital photo or photocopy of CDC vaccination card (both sides)
  • An official vaccine record issued by another state, a foreign nation, or the WHO 

Acceptable negative PCR test: 

  • Physical or electronic test results from a PCR COVID-19 test indicating negative results within the past 72 hours
  • Antigen tests will not be accepted. 

In addition to the vaccination policy, THNOC has undertaken the following safety measures to combat the virus.

  • Maximum occupancy in all areas has been reduced, allowing ample room for social distancing. ​
  • Masks are required for all staff and visitors on THNOC premises. Anyone without a mask will be provided one. 
  • Timed ticketing, available on the hour and half-hour, will stagger visitors as they arrive. Guests are encouraged to order their tickets online in advance; tickets may be reserved up to seven (7) days in advance.
  • Touchless hand-sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the properties. 
  • Disposable styluses are available for touchscreens and interactive devices. 
  • Plexiglass screens have been installed in areas where staff and visitors interact.

A list of FAQs addresses additional components of the new visitor experience. 

 

Locations and Hours

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) operates three campuses in the heart of the French Quarter. The properties are located within three blocks of each other, or a 3–7 minute walk. Hours are noted below for each campus, and all facilities are closed to the public on Monday and select holidays. Details on parking and public transportation are available at the end of this page.

  • 520 Royal Street, open Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Offerings include interpretative courtyard displays, the History of the French Quarter galleries, the Tricentennial Wing galleriesThe Shop at The Collection, and Café Cour.
    Exhibitions are free and self-guided.
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  • 533 Royal Street, open Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 
    Offerings include interpretative courtyard displays. Experiences such as the Louisiana History Galleries and the Williams Residence are not available at this time..
    Exhibitions are free and self-guided. Tours (not currently available) are $5 per person. 
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  • 410 Chartres Street, open Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (This location is closed every Sunday and Monday.)
    Offerings include the Williams Research Center and exhibitions. Admission to the Williams Research Center is free, but appointments are required and should be scheduled in advance. Email reference@hnoc.org or call (504) 598-7171 to schedule a visit. Appointments will be taken following a short consultation with a reference staff member to ensure that on-site research is the best option.
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  • Holidays: All THNOC facilities are closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mardi Gras (the Saturday–Tuesday immediately preceding Ash Wednesday), Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. 

Mobile Visitor Guide

Use THNOC’s digital Mobile visitor guide to enhance your experience in the museum galleries. There, you will find additional information on exhibitions, in-gallery experiences, digital maps, and a mobile-friendly version of this website.

Parking and Public Transportation

Public parking is available nearby, with the closest lots located on the 500 block of Chartres Street and the 500 block of Conti Street. Other lots are available on Decatur Street by the Mississippi River. Metered street parking is also available throughout the French Quarter, but pay close attention to signage noting parking restrictions, which can be unique to each block and vary depending on the day of the week.

Those who wish to visit THNOC via public transportation are urged to consult the maps provided by the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority. RTA stops for nearby bus and streetcar lines are approximately a half-mile away; the ferry terminal is approximately three-quarters of a mile from THNOC. 

 


THNOC has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) since 1978 and offers exhibition space at all three campuses.

The Historic New Orleans Collection’s special events calendar offers a variety of programming that illuminate and celebrate Louisiana’s unique culture and history.


The Historic New Orleans Collection’s newly opened expansion at 520 Royal Street includes its first museum café. Led by Dana and Christina Honn, who also own Carmo restaurant, Café Cour is named for the famous Seignouret-Brulatour Courtyard, where the café is located.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, THNOC has suspended all staff-led tours. All exhibitions are self-guided, and staff are available in the galleries to answer any questions. THNOC’s free French Quarter Tours app offers eight themed walking tours that allow users to explore various aspects of French Quarter architecture and history. 

As part of our mission to preserve New Orleans’s history and culture, THNOC has restored several significant structures on Royal Street and Chartres Street that exemplify a variety of architectural styles.

Our founders, General L. Kemper and Leila Williams, lived on the site that now comprises The Historic New Orleans Collection. The couple restored the 1889 Italianate brick townhouse and resided there from 1946 to 1963. Tours of this property have been temporarily suspended because of the pandemic.

In the Williams Research Center, patrons have access to more than 30,000 library items, more than two miles of documents and manuscripts, a microfilm collection, and more than 500,000 photographs, prints, drawings, and paintings, as well as three-dimensional objects. Admission to the Williams Research Center is free, but appointments are required and should be scheduled in advance. Email reference@hnoc.org or call (504) 598-7171 to schedule a visit. Appointments will be taken following a short consultation with a reference staff member to ensure that on-site research is the best option.

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