Gallery Director, Clayton Joyner recommends these French Quarter spots for records, books and a view of New Orleans past.
This is a new (and relatively small) record store just a block and half from the gallery. It is a treasure trove of music featuring a lot of relatively rare blues, jazz, and New Orleans vinyl. It’s really thoughtfully curated.
A great record store right at the base of Frenchmen Street with a vast selection of records and CD’s, but my favorite bin to dig through is the 78RPM shellacs in the back right hand corner (which is conveniently located to the newly acquired used vinyl). Also has new and used instruments in case you decide you want to become a street musician in the Quarter.
A small, well curated bookshop in the former home of William Faulker, that features some really beautiful antiquarian books alongside paperbacks of local interest. As a reader of Faulkner, I love settling in and imagining what he wrote while living here.
This is a bookstore comber’s idea of heaven. It feels like being in a village made out of books. Tunnels of stacked books, some quite precariously, many of which are probably now out of print. It features an amazing local section.
The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region of the United States.
Circa-1823 apothecary is now a museum with exhibits of early medicines, superstitious cures & more.