The Historic New Orleans Collection offers free exhibitions at both its Royal Street and Chartres Street campuses, and the public is welcome to access the wealth of historical materials available at the Williams Research Center. In addition, we offer tours as well as frequent special events.

THNOC has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) since 1978 and offers exhibition space at both the Royal Street and Chartres Street facilities.

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

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

In response to the corona virus, THNOC has suspended all staff-led tours as of spring 2020. 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 significant structures on Royal Street and Chartres Street that exemplify a variety of architectural styles.

General L. Kemper and Leila Williams restored the 1889 Italianate brick townhouse and helped to revitalize the French Quarter when they lived in this home from from 1946 to 1963.

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.


Both Royal Street campues, including the galleries at 533 Royal Street and 520 Royal Street plus The Shop at The Collection and Café Cour, are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Chartres Street campus, including the Williams Research Center, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Beginning Tuesday, June 23, 2020, THNOC is requiring all researchers to schedule their appointments in advance and to join our staff in wearing masks while on site. These steps have been implemented to help minimize the number of people on site at any time, and to help visitors and staff observe social distancing policies. Appointments will be taken following a short consultation wtih a reference staff member to ensure that on-site research is the best option for the patron. Please email or call (504) 598-7171 to discuss scheduling an appointment. 

All THNOC facilities are closed on the following holidays: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mardi Gras days (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday), Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.



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.