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Visitors to the French Quarter are drawn to the unique buildings of the 78 blocks that make up this historic neighborhood and the tales that seem to whisper from every wall. We offer the rare opportunity to step inside two architecturally significant homes that are interpreted from the years 1830–1965. Our guides share lively stories of the multiple generations who lived within these properties—both free and enslaved—from immigrant aspirations and economic downturns to war, emancipation, the changing roles of women, and the emergence of a preservation ethic.
The Hermann-Grima House is steps off of Bourbon Street at 818-20 St Louis Street. The Gallier House is approximately eight blocks away at 1132 Royal Street.
Absolutely! We sell a combo ticket that allows you and your party to tour both homes on the same day or separate days — you can make reservations online or purchase at either home. Since the tours last 45 minutes, you can easily make the short walk (with a stop for a drink or lunch) and catch the next tour in the same day.
Tours take between 45 to 60 minutes. We encourage visitors to ask questions but to refrain from using cellphones or departing from the group.
Street parking is limited in the French Quarter and not advised. Paid parking options are located within a few blocks of both houses. Lots are located two blocks from the Hermann-Grima House along Conti and St. Louis Streets adjacent to Rampart Street. A linear parking lot spans the Mississippi riverfront near the Gallier House with entry at Decatur and St. Peter Streets. Other paid parking lots abound in the pedestrian-friendly French Quarter.
Booking tickets in advance guarantees your spot at a chosen time on a select date. Tickets are also available for sale on-site.
Tours for the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Houses are available at 10 am, 10:30 am, 11 am, 11:30 am, 12 pm, 12:30 pm, 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, 2:30 pm & 3 pm on weekdays (closed Wednesday) and 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday (closed Sunday).
The houses are closed from August 1–22, 2016, and the following holiday dates in 2016:
January 1-2, New Year’s Day holidays
January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
February 5–10, Mardi Gras season
March 25, Easter holiday
May 30, Memorial Day
July 2–4, Independence Day holidays
September 3–5, Labor Day holidays
October 31, Halloween
November 23–26, Thanksgiving holidays
December 23–26, Christmas holidays
December 30–31, New Year’s Eve holiday
January 2, 2017, New Year’s holiday
Check our calendar for special events and book online to reserve tour times.
Yes! Brides, grooms, and party planners are consistently pleased with the space we offer for weddings and special events. We partner with neighboring Broussard’s Restaurant to exclusively handle the management and marketing of events at the Hermann-Grima House. Our beautiful and historic courtyard, along with the gracious hospitality and delicious catering options from Broussard’s, combine to make our event space the best in all of New Orleans! From 1831 to 1922 the Broussard’s property was part of the original Hermann-Grima estate, so it’s a natural fit to re-connect the two historic buildings by way of a courtyard gate. We encourage all visitors to enjoy food and drink at Broussard’s and to savor the ambience of their indoor and outdoor dining spaces. Please contact Broussard’s by emailing email@example.com, or phone 504.586.1155.
We invite you to take as many informal photos as you like outside the museum. Photography is not allowed inside the house museums. Please make any requests for formal, professional or event photography by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, we are pleased to offer a lavishly illustrated book, Luxury, Inequity, and Yellow Fever, that documents the history of both the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Houses. The book contains photographs of each room and examines nearly two centuries of life in the French Quarter. The book makes a great gift for any history buff or admirer of antebellum decor and furnishings. Make a purchase online or visit our Exchange Shop at 820 St. Louis Street.
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