The Historic New Orleans Collection

Nonprofit Profile


Founded in 1966 through the Kemper and Leila Williams Foundation, The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and many of its offerings, including exhibitions, guided tours and events, are free or low-cost. The institution’s award-winning publications examine the history, art, music, culture and decorative arts of the region.

THNOC operates two campuses in the French Quarter. At 533 Royal Street, visitors can explore the Louisiana History Galleries, discover threads of regional history and culture through rotating exhibitions or take guided tours among seven historic buildings. Located at 400–410 Chartres Street, THNOC’s Williams Research Center offers researchers access to the institution’s vast holdings, and the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art showcase fine art created in or inspired by Louisiana. Information on current and upcoming programming is available at or call (504) 523-4662.


Join THNOC in celebrating its 50th anniversary at Soirée d’Or, a black-tie gala on May 4, 2016, at the Orpheum Theater. Visit or call (504) 523-4662 for event details and to purchase tickets.

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• Volunteer to help greet visitors, monitor exhibitions and lead tours. Applications and more information are available at
• Become a member to support THNOC’s exhibitions, publications and educational outreach programs, while enjoying complimentary admission to guided tours and Concerts in the Courtyard, a discount in the gift shop and invitations to events, trips and receptions.
• Stay updated on THNOC’s current offerings by signing up to receive its weekly e-newsletter or printed mailings or by liking THNOC on Facebook.
• Visit current exhibitions, attend programs and browse THNOC’s books.

LEFT: The Pfister Sisters perform as part of an exhibition on the Boswell Sisters. RIGHT: THNOC’s recent exhibition on the domestic slave trade drew record-breaking crowds.


The Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum, research center and publisher, presents the history and culture of New Orleans and the Louisiana region for the benefit of the public. This is accomplished through the collection and preservation of original and supporting material, including the institution’s physical presence in the French Quarter, interpretive museum exhibitions, publications and other educational programs.

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(504) 523-4662
533 Royal Street and 400–410 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130



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