National Historic Landmarks in the French Quarter
The Hermann-Grima House on St Louis Street, built in 1831, and the Gallier House on Royal Street, circa 1860, are two National Historic Landmarks, accredited museum properties and treasures of the French Quarter. Our non-profit parent organization was established in 1881. Our legacy of preservation is notable and our contribution to the cultural economy significant.
New Orleans Historic Museums
In our strategic planning efforts in the post Katrina years, we identified that many locals fondly remembered their childhood memories of the museums. We heard time and time again, “I went to the HG when I was a kid in school.” Certainly there are far more profitable lines of business, but we continue this extremely valuable programming of service to the educational community and cherish this important part of our brand.
Today, we share more than a story of a house and furniture. We tell of the city’s cultural diversity as we share the stories of all the people who lived at HG – the enslaved workers who lived and worked there, the Free People of Color who built the house as well as those who made their fortunes in 19th Century NOLA and built the properties. We tell the stories of why we built – and rebuilt – NOLA.
Our award-winning children’s programs include art, drama, geography, book clubs, archaeology, math and science in our hearth kitchen – in addition to history. We serve Tulane School of Architecture and other colleges, charter and archdiocesan schools, public and private schools – for students in pre-k through 12 grade. We offer Saturday, holiday and summer camps, weekend Boy and Girl Scout badge programs. We serve children of all socio-economic circumstances.
The Woman’s Exchange
The Woman’s Exchange (TWE), owner and operator of the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, was established in 1881 and is one of the oldest women-owned and operated nonprofit organizations in the South.