The Historic New Orleans Collection
With its numerous French Quarter properties, hundreds of holdings and various exhibits exploring the city’s 300-year backstory, the Historic New Orleans Collection (p. 52) is a must-visit for lovers of local lore. Its free Louisiana History Galleries serve as the perfect primer. Divided among different time periods, each room offers insight into New Orleans’ evolution through a wide range of artifacts and ephemera, from hand-hewn cypress logs and early Mardi Gras memorabilia to the first Jazzfest poster and a shovel used at the Superdome’s groundbreaking. Friendly docents are on hand to provide details and answer questions, while a free smartphone tour helps you explore on your own.
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