The Historic New Orleans Collection

Shown here, THNOC’s flagship location at 533 Royal St. houses permanent and rotating exhibitions, guided tours and the museum shop. PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection

Immerse yourself in more than three centuries of history at The Historic New Orleans Collection—a museum, research center, and publisher located in the heart of the French Quarter. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, THNOC strives to present a complete, authentic history of the region—capturing information on significant and everyday moments through the centuries.

This fall, THNOC’s picturesque courtyard will again provide the backdrop for a diverse lineup of Louisiana musicians in the institution’s Concerts in the Courtyard series. Walter “Wolfman” Washington, The Tumbling Wheels, and the Colin Lake Band are slated to perform in this happy hour event that blends fun, affordability, and local charm in one of the French Quarter’s most serene settings.

In addition, the museum will present a number of exciting and engaging exhibitions. This fall visitors will have the opportunity to discover the forefather of surrealist photography in America, Clarence John Laughlin, and experience retail shops from 19th- and 20th-century New Orleans. Then in the spring, the museum will explore New Orleans’s red light district, Storyville, and its relationship to early jazz. Upcoming publications include a new illustrated edition of jazz great Danny Barker’s memoir A Life in Jazz and an examination of THNOC’s collection of Storyville’s infamous blue books.

Details about these and other projects at The Historic New Orleans Collection are available online at or by calling (504) 523-4662.