Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses offers several special exhibitions throughout the year, keeping the Museum vibrant and engaging. We have several seasonal exhibitions annually, at each house, including special exhibitions for the Holidays, Summer Dress, and something a little bit spooky in October. We also have a wonderful calendar of rotating exhibitions in our gallery space at Gallier historic House and these special rotating exhibitions are always free and open to the public. There is always something new on view!
The attitude of mourning in a Creole household was indeed pervasive. It was everywhere, from the coffin in the parlor to the playthings in the nursery. Mourning rituals were an integral part of Catholicism’s required ceremony and a sincere effort to remember departed relatives and friends. Join us at Hermann-Grima House, throughout the month of October trough All Saints Day where we recreate the wake of Madame François Albert Xavier Grima (Anne Marie Filiosa), mother of Felix Grima, who died in Hermann-Grima House on October 15, 1850 at age 96.
During the first half of the nineteenth century, the New Orleans holiday season was a two-week celebration, from Christmas Eve through January 8 (the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans). Christmas was a time for religious observances and family; New Year's was for conviviality among friends, and January 8 was for commemorating the grand military victory with proper pomp and flourish. Join us throughout the Holiday Season, through 12th Night, as we celebrate Christmas at Gallier Historic House and New year’s at Hermann-Grima Historic House.
On view now, through August 2019, at our gallery space at Gallier Historic House is Ma Chère Mère: Adelaïde Grima and 19th-Century Creole Matriarchs an exploration of innate joys and sorrows, liberties and strictures of 19th-century Creole motherhood. This exhibition also highlights the return of the 1852 portrait Mme. Felix Grima, née Marie Sophie Adelaïde Montegut, by Antonio Martí, a recent acquisition to the permanent collection of Hermann Grima + Gallier Historic Houses. This portrait had been in the possession of the Grima family descendants for several decades and after the exhibition will reclaim its position as the pendant to the portrait of her husband, Felix Grima, on permanent display in the library of Hermann-Grima Historic House. Our rotating gallery space, at Gallier Historic House, offers up to four exhibitions annually that are FREE and open to the public. These exhibitions explore the history and culture of New Orleans through the lens of our collection at Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses.
During cool months in the late 1800s wealthy New Orleanians attended copious social functions, but a languorous void settled on the Crescent's dirt streets and decorous parlors during the summer. Warm weather heralded new challenges, dangers, and discomfort in the form of disease and oppressive heat and humidity. Carpets and rugs were uprooted, heavy draperies removed, and brocade and silk furniture were covered with white muslin to protect the fabrics and provide homes with cooler tones and textures. Join us at Gallier Historic House, from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year, and learn how 19th-century New Orleanians of means beat the heat in the summer months.