Past guests to the Omni have noticed lots of construction going on to the building behind the Omni if you looked out from the area just inside the pool entrance.
This property at 520 Royal Street will house the newly expanded Historic New Orleans Collection. Founded in 1996, the museum has grown to include 10 historic buildings in two locations, Royal Street and Chartres. This newest building is a 19th-century Creole townhouse that the museum has been transforming over the past 5 years to further its goal of preserving and showcasing the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South.
This new complex houses an expansive welcome center, a spacious gift shop, a cafe operated by the restaurant Carmo and state-of-the-art exhibition spaces.
The inaugural exhibit will be on display until October 6 and is titled “Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina,” features works by 75 artists.
Upon entering the museum, visitors are greeted by an immense glass-topped map of the French Quarter. Visitors can touch the screen for a 3D representation of each building, as well as information about it. Several self-guided tours of the Quarter, devised around a handful of themes, can be downloaded to a smart phone to aid in exploring the area.
The museum will be open 9:30am to 4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday and 10:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday.