The Secret Room at M.S. Rau Antiques – New Orleans, Louisiana - Atlas Obscura

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Secret Room at M.S. Rau Antiques

A treasure trove hidden within a treasure trove. 

Many a serious collector of fine art and antiquities will be familiar with M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans’ French Quarter. What many of them might not realize is that the greatest treasures in this renowned collection lie behind a secret door toward the back of the building, which has been painted to look like a bookcase.

On the other side of the trick door, the secret room contains an astounding variety of museum-caliber rare artifacts and art.

There are paintings by greats such as Monet, Renoir, Norman Rockwell, Winston Churchill and others; Napoleon’s death mask; an Enigma machine; an etching by Rembrandt; furnishings that have been inspired by or adorned palaces around the world; sculptural works and more.

Works you might expect to see in museums can be found here for purchase, but you’ll still need a generous-sized budget if you plan to take them home with you.

Know Before You Go

Please note that you must ask a gallery employee to escort you behind the door. It is not a public part of the gallery and is typically reserved for those who are seriously interested in purchasing a piece. 

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