Schedule of Public Tours
 

Architecture and Courtyard Tour
533 Royal Street
Tuesday–Saturday | 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sunday | 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
$5 per person; groups of five or more should contact Lori Boyer, (504) 598-7145; lorib@hnoc.org.

The guided tour highlighting the architecture of The Historic New Orleans Collection's Royal Street campus explores the history of French Quarter architecture, the different types and styles represented in the buildings and courtyards of THNOC, as well as the various people who have lived on this site. Note: this is a tour of The Historic New Orleans Collection's Royal Street properties, not a walking tour of the French Quarter.

 

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photo of Williams Residence with courtyard

Williams Residence Tour
533 Royal Street
Tuesday–Saturday | 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sunday | 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
$5 per person; groups of five or more should contact Lori Boyer, (504) 598-7145; lorib@hnoc.org.

Built in 1889 and restored by General L. Kemper and Leila Williams in the 1940s, this Italianate, two-story townhouse is now a house museum that reflects the elegant, mid-20th-century lifestyle of the owners. Tucked away behind the Merieult House at the end of a classic French Quarter courtyard, the Williams Residence is filled with antiques and other objets d’art collected by the couple in their wide travels. The Williamses moved into the house in 1946 and lived there until 1963. During those years the couple collected materials that eventually formed the basis of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Established as a museum in 1973, the Williams Residence is the only French Quarter house open to the public with original furnishings. The tour includes a walk through the Williamses’ lush French Quarter courtyards. 

 

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Exhibition Center Tour
520 Royal Street
Tuesday–Saturday | 10:30 a.m.
Admission is free.

The buildings that comprise THNOC’s new exhibition center at 520 Royal Street have stories as colorful and varied as the neighborhood itself. Explore them on a free, half-hour tour, and learn about the individuals who called these properties home and the eras in which they lived. Beginning in the pre-colonial past and going through the recent restoration, the tour of the new exhibition center details everything from stucco to staircases to show visitors how the property embodies the adaptive history of New Orleans’s oldest neighborhood.

 

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Cellphone Tours
Use your cell phone to access free tours of our Royal Street campus of historic buildings.

 

Group Tours
Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Groups of five or more should contact Lori Boyer, (504) 598-7145; lorib@hnoc.org.

 

School Groups
THNOC welcomes schoolchildren of all ages. Customized field trips—which could include docent-led tours, special lectures, or guided visits to our research center—will bring the region’s history to life for students. The field trips are available free of charge, but reservations are required for groups of any size. Please fill out a field trip request form or email THNOCfieldtrips@gmail.com to make arrangements.

 

Tours for Members
Visit the membership page for information on curator-guided tours of regional historical sites and private, guided tours of The Collection included in selected membership packages.

 

photo of snow on courtyard at THNOCHoliday Home and Courtyard Tours: Visit the festively decorated residence and courtyard of General L. Kemper and Leila Williams, founders of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Browse through the Shop at The Collection for unique gift items.
Offered during December.
$5 per person, free for THNOC members