The Historic New Orleans Collection

533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Anyone interested in the city’s complex and vivid past—and if you’re still breathing, that should include you—would do well to make a stop at the Historic New Orleans Collection. This is a private entity with a public purpose: It was founded to both preserve French Quarter buildings and to amass and display some of the key documents and artifacts covering the city’s three centuries of history. The collection is housed in the impressive Merieult House, which dates back to 1792 and which underwent a Greek Revival makeover in the 1830s. Self-guided tours of the Williams Gallery downstairs and the Louisiana History Galleries upstairs are free; be sure to check out their exhibits on Louisiana’s culture and legacy.

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Historic New Orleans Collection

Anyone interested in the city’s complex and vivid past—and if you’re still breathing, that should include you—would do well to make a stop at the Historic New Orleans Collection. This is a private entity with a public purpose: It was founded to both preserve French Quarter buildings and to amass and display some of the key documents and artifacts covering the city’s three centuries of history. The collection is housed in the impressive Merieult House, which dates back to 1792 and which underwent a Greek Revival makeover in the 1830s. Self-guided tours of the Williams Gallery downstairs and the Louisiana History Galleries upstairs are free; be sure to check out their exhibits on Louisiana’s culture and legacy.

Chasing New Orleans’s paper trail

Anyone interested in the city’s complex and colorful history—and that should include anyone still breathing—would do well to make a stop at Historic New Orleans Collection. This is a private entity with a public purpose—it was founded to both preserve French Quarter buildings and to amass and display some of the key documents and artifacts covering the city’s three centuries of history. The collection is housed in the impressive Merieult House, which dates to 1792 and had a Greek Revival makeover in the 1830s. Self-guided tours of the Williams Gallery downstairs are free, with changing exhibits on Louisiana history and culture. A 45-minute docent led tour of the History Galleries upstairs is worth the time and modest expense. Check the website (hnoc.org) for upcoming lectures and concerts.

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