Gallier House Tour: Victorian French Quarter Architecture
40 Ratings
New Orleans
Step inside the Gallier House, a Victorian French Quarter townhouse built in 1861. Explore its unique architectural features, ornate interior decor, and historic significance.
Duration: 1 hour
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Gallier House - Step back in time at the Gallier Historic House to witness the grandeur of Victorian design and furnishings. This architectural masterpiece was completed in 1860 and is the brainchild of renowned New Orleans architect, James Gallier, Jr. Originally a family residence, the Gallier House is notable for its advanced engineering features, including indoor plumbing with both hot and cold water, as well as a unique double skylight. The home’s original inventory serves as a blueprint for the display of period decorative arts, which exemplify the sophisticated tastes of the Gallier family. The comfortable existence enjoyed by the Galliers was made possible by the labor of enslaved individuals and, subsequently, household staff, whose stories are also shared during guided tours.
What's Included
  • Admission Ticket
  • Guided Tour
Additional Information

Constructed in 1861 by the renowned local architect, James Gallier Jr., this Victorian-style townhouse in the French Quarter manifests unique architectural elements that are distinctly seen in New Orleans and were considered ground-breaking during that epoch. Identified by a striking Paris Green entrance gate, the dwelling on Royal street showcases elaborate interior decorations, amenities like running hot and cold water, a cutting-edge skylight, preserved attached servant quarters, and a customary courtyard.

Gallier House
Royal Street
Please check in at the front desk inside the gift shop.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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May 31, 2024
This historic home tour is a must! - I came to hear the history of this former home in the French Quarter, which I first saw in American Horror Story: Coven and AMC's Interview With the Vampire. I was not disappointed. What a beautiful home! The tour group consisted of my wife, myself, and the guide. It was very informative and interesting.
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May 26, 2024
A hidden gem - Very interesting tour and well preserved home with many pieces original to home and/ or the period. Many facets of life were different then. Fascinating tour!
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Apr 23, 2024
A travel back in time - A really beautiful house, with an interesting history. I was on a tour with only 3 other people so it was nice and intimate, so we got to ask a lot of questions. It's very interesting to see how they used to live in the 1860s in New Orleans, and learning about how they coped with the heat back then. Also interesting hearing about the lady's maid slavewoman. It's good that it's included, and not hidden away. I loved geeking out about history with the guide after, since I've been a museum guide in Norway. Lots of differences, but the antiquities look similar.
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Apr 9, 2024
Moving tour! - Wow, a house tour has never made me cry before! I’m glad it did. The history and stories on this tour were very moving. It’s important to know how the South, New Orleans, the French Quarter was built and how those people lived. A++
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Feb 27, 2024
A Home to Remember - The docent led an exceptionally good tour, and was very knowledgeable regarding the Gallier House, its lively history and former residents. The architectural details were beautiful, and the home seemed to be in good condition.
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Feb 8, 2024
Fascinating glimpse into life then - Peter is an incredibly knowledgeable tour guide who is also on the curator board. I learned so much that I had never known before. I truly appreciate the detail that was put into this historical place as well as insights into the lives of slaves, servants and all women.
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Feb 2, 2024
Interesting history beautiful property - Very interesting tour and a beautiful place. The tour guide was great. Looking from outside I would never have guessed that the inside of this property was so nice and the amazing history. I would highly recommend a tour here
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Feb 1, 2024
Deb and Don’s house tour - Thoroughly enjoyed our tour and the gentleman who was our guide was very informative. The house is beautiful.
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Jan 31, 2024
Well worth the visit - This was a wonderful tour of a French Quarter house in the mid 1800's. It had great architectural flourishes and was the type of house you'd happily live in today. The architect/owner had some forward thinking ideas that made the house a feat for that time period. The tour was informative, but truth be told the house was just a delight to be in.
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Dec 21, 2023
Lovely tour of the Gallier House - Wonderful tour (I was the only person so it was very VIP). It was interesting to hear about the lives of upper middle class people living in the city during the civil war time… and Susie (sp?) was very knowledgeable and friendly! She even pointed out the areas of the property used to film “interview with the Vampire.” Highly recommend!
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024