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Amistad’s reading room is currently open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday. There are extended reading room hours on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reading Room is currently by appointment only. Please call 504-862-3222 to schedule an appointment. More information can be found at Researching at Amistad.


Our closure dates for 2022/2023 are as follows:

  • December 23 - January 3 (2023)

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • February 10: 3pm closure (Mardi Gras)

  • February 11: Mardi Gras

  • February 15-17: 3pm closure (Mardi Gras)

  • February 18: Mardi Gras

  • February 20-21: Mardi Gras

  • April 7: Good Friday

  • May 29: Memorial Day

  • June 19: Juneteenth

  • July 4: Independence Day

  • September 4: Labor Day

  • November 22-24: Thanksgiving

  • December 23 - January 4 (2024)


Parking on St. Charles Avenue within the boundaries of Audubon Park is free. Otherwise, parking along St. Charles and side streets is limited to two (2) hours.


Parking is limited on the Tulane University Uptown campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Visitors can choose to pay to park on the ground level of the Diboll Complex in the middle of campus or obtain a visitor parking permit. Instructions for obtaining a permit can be found here: Parking on Tulane University's Uptown Campus


The Amistad Research Center is primarily a research institution and not a museum facility.  We welcome groups interested in touring the Reading Room and Exhibition Gallery during our regular hours. Tours are free and include: a welcome, general description of the Amistad Research Center, a brief explanation of the Amistad Event, a discussion of Amistad's holdings, and an introduction to material currently on display in the Exhibition Gallery. Please note: 

To schedule a tour of the Amistad Research Center, contact the Reference Desk at (504) 862-3222. When scheduling please indicate your need for any assistance for individuals with disabilities. Tours are usually 30-45 minutes in length.


All tours of Amistad must be scheduled in advance with at least two (2) weeks notice and can accommodate up to twenty-five (25) individuals during a visit. Scheduled tours over 30 minutes late may not be accommodated.

Amistad's Reading Room offers seating for 12. If there are any members of your group who cannot stand for a 15-minute period, let the Center know ahead of time how many people will need chairs. 

For school field trips, teachers and group coordinators are required to provide chaperones for every student group, with one chaperone per ten students. Please provide advance notice to Amistad if your school field trip has a specific area of interest.

If you have a large group of twenty-six (26) or more individuals in the New Orleans area, please email the Reference Desk about the possibility of an Amistad staff member coming out to speak to your group.

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