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Best Local History & Culture in New Orleans

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Historic New Orleans Collection

Historic New Orleans Collection was established in 1966 by General and Mrs. L Kemper Williams. The history and culture represent New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana with regional, national and even international influences through a collaboration of historic supporting materials. The Louisiana History Galleries are housed in historic Merieult House that has stood since 1792.

533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70130
Louisiana State Museum

This structure was built between 1795 and 1799 to house the city council when New Orleans was a possession of Spain. Today, the Cabildo is one of the flagships of the Louisiana State Museum. Interactive exhibits illustrate the history of Louisiana from European explorations to the post Civil War Reconstruction era. This stunning museum is located on Jackson Square near the St. Louis Cathedral. Group tours are available. Here, you can explore local and regional artifacts that explore aviation history, hurricanes, sports legends, architecture, art, and more.

701 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70116

The Presbytere, built in 1790, was originally called the "Ecclesiastical House." It served as a courthouse and a commercial business before becoming one of five buildings in the French Quarter that make up the Louisiana State Museum. Exhibits focus on paintings, furniture, pottery, clothing and every kind of craft or relic imaginable, as long as it illustrates Louisiana's culture and colorful past.

751 Chartress Street, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70116
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

If the name "New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum" does not spook you, look inside and mind your step. The museum offers walking tours featuring voodoo artifacts, fascinating relics, voodoo art, and sacred objects related to the dark art realm. Get your facts right here about the mystical dark arts and learn everything you wanted to know about this spiritual practice and its history in the Crescent City. The museum also offers guided tours of the St. Louis cemetery and other local tourist attractions. It also facilitates psychic readings and features a gift shop that offers interesting souvenirs.

724 Dumaine Street, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70116
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a repository of many of the things that make this area of the United States great. Fine art, architecture, folk art, and artifacts of the bygone Southern era can be found here. You can also find unique exhibitions, such as Looking Back, Looking Forward, Becoming Ida Kohlmeyer, Walter Anderson and Friends, Clementine Hunter and Melrose, the Treme Storytelling Quilt Project, and The Jazz. Take a guided docent tour of the museum to explore unique artwork and new exhibitions enriched with interesting conversations.

925 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70130
Confederate Memorial Hall Museum

Louisiana's Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall was established in 1899, when most of the artifacts were donated. Here, you can view a broad spectrum of items from the Civil War, including uniforms, weapons, ammunition, medical equipment, battle flags, and currency. Also on exhibit are the personal effects belonging to Confederate President Jefferson Davis and part of Robert E. Lee's silver camp service.

929 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70130
The National World War II Museum

Located on Magazine Street, National World War II Museum is made up of multiple sections, each containing a different exhibit that explores the events of the Second World War. A variety of artifacts, testimonies and documents, particularly those chronicling the World War II period, are on display here. The Arsenal of Democracy features a variety of artifacts, interactive displays, and memorabilia that tell the story of the people who helped win the war. Other exhibits include the Road to Tokyo, Road to Berlin, Bayou to Battlefield, and more. An on-site restaurant and soda shop offer a variety of dining options and beverages.

945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70130
New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint

This Greek Revival building was first used as a U.S. and Confederate Mint in 1835 and produced money for the Federal Government until 1909. Throughout its existence it has served many purposes, including minting money and housing soldiers for the Confederate Government during the Civil War. Today, the Old U.S. Mint is home to the New Orleans Jazz Museum, with many exhibits as well as important historical archives. The mint also houses gift shops, the old Coin Vault, and a performance center that regularly hosts live theatrical and musical performances, lectures, interviews, and more.

400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans Mint, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70116
Southern Food & Beverage Museum

New Orleans residents love their food, so it's no surprise that New Orleans is home to a museum dedicated to its role in the South's culture. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (also known as SoFAB) was designed to bring discovery, understanding, and celebration of the culinary culture of New Orleans and the South through a series of exhibits. Hands-on and interactive exhibits include rotating presentations of photographs and materials on a variety of culinary-related topics, videos about Southern restaurants and restaurateurs, and an ongoing collection of menus from southern restaurants, past and present. In addition to exhibits, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum will host tastings, speakers, and demonstrations, all in an effort to further the understanding of this region's unique culinary culture.

1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70113
Longue Vue House & Gardens

This Greek Revival mansion is home to original English and American antiques and eight acres (3.2 hectares) of formal gardens and decorative fountains. Although the floral blooms here vary with the changing seasons, visitors can count on a spectacular display year-round. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Longue Vue House & Gardens features ever-changing exhibits. The lovely Teatime at Edith & Edgar’s Museum Cafe serves a selection of snacks and loose leaf tea in a garden setting. A gift shop sells horticulture and decorative items, children's gifts, and reproductions from the Longue Vue Collection.

7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70124
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