The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South.
Founded in 1966, THNOC has grown to include 13 historic buildings on three French Quarter campuses. Visit our new exhibition center, at 520 Royal Street, for an ever-changing array of programs and installations—and be sure to visit our museum shop and Café Cour while you’re there. Just across the street, at 533 Royal, the historic Merieult House anchors a complex of attractions including the Louisiana History Galleries and our house museum, the Williams Residence. The Chartres Street campus, located at 410 Chartres, comprises the Williams Research Center, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, and on-site collections storage.
Through guided or cell-phone tours, visitors can learn about the architectural styles of the city’s oldest neighborhood, the Vieux Carré. Educational tours for school groups are also available, free of charge.
As a publisher, THNOC produces award-winning original books exploring the history, art, music, culture, and decorative arts of the region. Our magazine, the Historic New Orleans Collection Quarterly, surveys the region's history as it relates to THNOC's projects and programs.