Welcome to The Historic New Orleans Collection! After shutting down in mid-March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reopened our exhibition center at 520 Royal Street, our research center at 410 Chartres Street, our museum shop, and our museum café. Before your visit, please read the following page for information on ticketing and enhanced safety guidelines. These measures will help to sustain a healthy environment for both visitors and staff. If you have questions not covered below, please email events@hnoc.org.

Free tickets to the museum galleries are available with timed entry, beginning on the hour and half-hour. We ask all museum visitors reserve free general admission tickets online in advance of arrival. We look forward to seeing you. More information related to our reopening, as well as general visitor information, can be found below. Should you need additional information, please email our Events and Ticketing team at events@hnoc.org or call (504) 598-7146. 


Starting 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 World Health Organization (WHO)

Acceptable negative PCR test:

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


Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

These hours also apply to the museum shop and cafe at 520 Royal Street. The Williams Research Center, at 410 Chartres Street, follows the same scheduled, except it is closed every Sunday.

All THNOC properties are closed every Monday and the following holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mardi Gras (the Saturday–Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday), Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

All courtyards are open to the public, at 520 Royal Street, 533 Royal Street, and 722 Toulouse Street. The following indoor exhibitions and spaces are open at 520 Royal Street.

No, we are not currently hosting any guided tours or in-person events on-site. We do have self-guided experiences in our courtyards and Tricentennial Wing, and THNOC’s free app, French Quarter Tours, offers eight themed, self-guided walking tours. THNOC’s education department is also offering a number of regularly scheduled virtual field trips for a variety of grade levels. Please check our website for further updates. We continue to provide online engagement through our website’s History at Home portal. 

Entrance to The Historic New Orleans Collection is always free! We do require tickets for our indoor spaces, to help us track visitation, and we encourage all visitors to reserve their tickets online in advance. Tickets are currently only available seven (7) days in advance, and the maximum number of tickets purchased per order is four (4).

You may register for tickets online here. All tickets will be held at will call at 520 Royal Street. We are offering timed ticketing to allow for social distancing in our galleries. Timed entrances are available every 30 minutes, on the hour and half-hour. Please bring your confirmation number. A maximum of four tickets will be issued online up to seven days in advance.

You may walk in to register for tickets, but you may need to wait until the next timed entrance if our galleries have reached their maximum capacity for that time period. Your safety is important to us, and we appreciate your patience.

Yes. Masks or other appropriate face coverings are required on-site, whether in the courtyards or inside the buildings, even for those who are vaccinated. If you do not have a mask, THNOC will provide one for you. You may remove your masks when you are eating and/or drinking in the designated food- and beverage-friendly areas. Masks are still required to be worn by anyone who has received a complete or partial vaccination. Masks should cover the nose and mouth when worn.

The following masks/face coverings are not allowed: those with valves, face shields (unless worn in conjunction with a mask), and neck gaiters.

No. For your safety, and in accordance with CDC guidelines, public water fountains are not available. You may purchase bottled water in the museum gift shop or Café Cour. 

Yes. Lockers and bag check are available at 520 Royal Street, and we ask all visitors with large bags to secure their belongings in a locker. We cannot accept suitcases inside the museum, and we do not have storage for them at this time.

Yes. In order to maintain social distancing, we are operating at a reduced capacity. Elevators and restrooms are limited to two (2) occupants at a time.

All THNOC staff, vendors, and visitors are required to wear a mask or other appropriate face covering while on-site.

Everyone 12 years of age and older must provide proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative PCR test result from the past 72 hours prior to accessing any THNOC properties.

THNOC is regularly disinfecting high-touch areas like doorknobs, handrails, and elevator buttons.

We are regularly cleaning and disinfecting the public restrooms.

Disposable styluses are available to use on exhibition interactives.

Hand-sanitizer stations are available in pass-through spaces.

We encourage 6 feet of social distancing between visitors, and have placed reminders throughout our museum.

We have reduced the amount of one-on-one interaction between staff and visitors.

All THNOC staff are vaccinated for COVID-19.