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Hermann-Grima House, New Orleans

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The Hermann–Grima House is a historic house museum in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. The meticulously restored home reflects 19th century New Orleans. It is a handsome Federal-style mansion with courtyard garden, built in 1831. It has the only extant horse stable and 1830s open-hearth kitchen in the French Quarter.

The house has been restored to its original splendor through archaeological studies and careful review of the building contract and inventories. The house is recognized as one of the earliest examples of American architecture in the French Quarter. The restoration accurately depicts the gracious lifestyle of a prosperous Creole family. Approximately one-half of the collection can be sourced to original families.

The Christian Woman's Exchange (now The Woman's Exchange), a local non-profit organization, purchased the property in the 1920s and ran it as a boarding house for single women until 1975. It was restored and reopened as a museum in 1975, and The Woman's Exchange still owns and operates the building today.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
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  • Amazing tour with wonderful knowledgeable and friendly staff. Beautiful home in the French Quarter with lots of history. Definitely a must see. 
    Amazing tour with wonderful knowledgeable and friendly staff. Beautiful home in the French Quarter with lots of history. Definitely a must see.  more »
  • The Urban Enslavement tour at the Hermann-Grima House is one of the best tours I've ever been on. The information about what the enslaved people would have been doing and about the two families who... 
    The Urban Enslavement tour at the Hermann-Grima House is one of the best tours I've ever been on. The information about what the enslaved people would have been doing and about the two families who...  more »
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  • The Hermann-Grima House has been on my radar for quite some time, but when I saw it on the list for the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail, I knew I had to come. So, I made reservations for a tour on a day off that I had during the week, and I am so very glad that I came for the Urban Enslavement Tour. I have been to a few plantation tours, so I have seen them from the whitewashed perspective, I have been on the Whitney Plantation self-guided tour told from the perspective of the slave. I have been on both tours at the Destrahan Plantation (the whitewashed tour and the Unheard Voices tour) so I knew I needed to come here. The perspective from an Urban Slave is eye opening, though I know that the depths were not presented fully. I am so very glad that I came, I look forward to bringing others and recommend this to everyone. Seriously. Come. Unless you do not want to hear the other side of the story.
  • We had a fabulous tour with Peter. It was fascinating to learn more about the lives of enslaved people in such a wealthy house. So much of the house is carefully preserved. Lots of great information!

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