Williams Research Center

French Quarter

Dedicated travelers and history heads should pop into the Williams Research Center; if you have specific queries about almost anything to do with New Orleans, the staff can help. The archives contain more than 350,000 images and some 2 miles of manuscripts.

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Nearby French Quarter attractions

1. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

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This beautifully preserved shop, groaning with ancient display cases filled with intriguing little bottles, was established in 1823 by Louis J Dufilho, at…

2. Michalopoulos Gallery

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Michalopoulos has become one of New Orleans’ most popular painters in recent years, in part on the strength of his best-selling Jazz Fest posters. His…

3. A Gallery for Fine Photography


This impressive gallery usually has prints such as William Henry Jackson’s early-20th-century views of New Orleans and EJ Bellocq’s rare images of…

4. Historic New Orleans Collection

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A combination of preserved buildings, museums and research centers all rolled into one, the Historic New Orleans Collection is a good introduction to the…

5. Musical Legends Park

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This pleasant little public square is peppered with statues of some of New Orleans’ great musical heroes: Louis Prima, Chris Owens, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt…

6. Hermann-Grima House

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Samuel Hermann, a Jewish merchant who married a Catholic woman, introduced the American-style Federal design to the Quarter in 1831. Hermann sold the…

7. Cabildo

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The former seat of government in colonial Louisiana now serves as the gateway to exploring the history of the state in general, and New Orleans in…

8. Riverfront

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It’s supremely pleasant to stroll up to the Mississippi River as it runs by the Quarter. The entire riverfront area has been landscaped with pedestrian…