A National Historic Landmark, Hermann-Grima Historic House is one of the best-preserved examples of Federal style architecture in the French Quarter. The home has one of the few functional open-hearth kitchens in the state, and we offer cooking demonstrations in the kitchen twice a month on Thursdays from October through May. The house also boasts the only remaining original and intact stable in the French Quarter. Hermann-Grima Historic House is home to The Exchange Shop, our museum gift shop, and member of the National Federation of Woman’s Exchanges.
Built in 1831 for Samuel Hermann and his family and owned by the Grima family from 1844 to 1921, Hermann-Grima Historic House is a Federal style home with Creole adaptations. Marvelously preserved, this house and adjacent outbuildings transport visitors back in time to learn about this bustling 19th-century home, its wealthy owners, and the enslaved people who worked on the property. The parlors, dining room, bedrooms, and outdoor workspaces are completely furnished with period pieces, including many objects belonging to the original families. From family portraits and kitchen equipment, to Felix Grima’s original book collection and historically-accurate upholstery, a bygone era of New Orleans comes to life at the Hermann-Grima House.
This 19th-century home and courtyard hosts a number of events and exhibitions throughout the year including the Death and Mourning Exhibition in the fall, a Creole New Year Exhibition in the winter, and many school groups and private tours.
With one of the only original open-hearth kitchens still in operation in the state, the Hermann-Grima House hosts historic cooking demonstrations regularly from fall to spring. Our generous volunteers use accurate recipes, tools, and ingredients to connect the past to the present.