The Historic New Orleans Collection
Founded in 1966, THNOC has grown to include 13 historic buildings on three French Quarter campuses. Visit the new exhibition center, is at 520 Royal Street, for an ever-changing array of programs and installations.
Free permanent exhibit at 533 Royal Street will give you a good sense of New Orleans rich history.
A treasure in the French Quarter. Treat yourself and take the time to visit this museum.
The Historic New Orleans Collection is a beautifully curated stroll through the city's beginnings through the world's fair exhibit. The volunteers are helpful and engaging.
“The Cabildo is a Louisiana State Museum with some terrific artifacts from New Orleans' past. I love seeing an old K&B pharmacy signs and Pontchartrain Beach amusement park memorabilia. Experience a full Mardi Gras Indians suit and marvel at the intricate, year-round, hand sewing.”
“Backstreet Cultural Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collection related to New Orleans’ African American community-based masking and processional traditions, including Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals, social aid and pleasure clubs, Baby Dolls, and Skull and Bone gangs. The museum’s filmed records of over 500 events constitute the most cohesive archive documenting these cultural traditions. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the Backstreet Cultural Museum hosts public performances of music and dance, provides outreach programs, and creates an annual book, Keeping Jazz Funerals Alive, that chronicles the year’s jazz funerals.”
“$7 excellent museum! 2 permanent exhibits worth your time. Both a hurricane Katrina exhibit and a history of Mardi Gras exhibit. Truly fascinating and not at all boring. Make sure to do the Katrina one first since it is super depressing :P Don't let them talk you into $12 to add the Cabildo Museum, it is boring as crap.”
“A feast for the eyes as you step back to an era gone bye. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic building within the Vieux Carre Historic District, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum showcases its extensive collection and provides interpretive educational programs to present and preserve the rich history of pharmacy and healthcare in Louisiana; past and present. THE HISTORY OF LOUIS J. DUFILHO, JR. America’s First Licensed Pharmacist Dufilho’s most significant contribution to the history and integrity of the field of pharmacy took place in New Orleans in 1816. In 1804, the State of Louisiana, led by Governor Claiborne, passed a law that required a licensing examination for pharmacists wishing to practice their profession. Prior to this law and before Louisiana became a U.S. State, there were some informal territory licensing measures, but none were enforced. A person could apprentice for six months and then compound and sell his or her own concoctions without any regulations or standards. The public received incorrect doses and erroneous medications. In 1804, Governor Claiborne established a board of reputable pharmacists and physicians to administer a three-hour oral examination given at the Cabildo in Jackson Square. Louis J. Dufilho, Jr. was the first to pass the licensing examination, therefore making his pharmacy the first United States apothecary shop to be conducted on the basis of proven adequacy.”
““New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), the city’s oldest fine arts institution, opened on December 16, 1911 with only nine works of art. Today, the museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the South.” -NOMA.org *While you are here, you can’t forget to visit the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.”