The New Orleans African American Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, is located in the historic Tremé neighborhood, the oldest surviving black community in the United States. The NOAAM of Art, Culture and History seeks to educate, preserve, interpret and promote the contributions that people of African descent have made to the development of New Orleans and Louisiana culture, as slaves and as free people of color throughout slavery, and during Emancipation, Reconstruction and contemporary times. The NOAAM property encompasses seven historical structures located on the site of a former plantation. The main large building, built of brick in 1828-1829, is the Meilleur-Goldthwaite House, the finest remaining Creole "maison de maître" or master house in the city. It is a raised center-hall villa with a large dormer window, and it retains its outbuildings, original interior and much of the large lot on which it was built.
In September 1991, the Villa Meilleur was purchased by the City of New Orleans, and under the Administration of Marc H. Morial, the Mayor's Division of Housing & Neighborhood Development, New Orleans Affordable Home ownership, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this historic landmark was restored and has become the cornerstone of redevelopment in Tremé. Permanent and temporary exhibits spotlight contemporary artists in the main house and in the former slave cottages. Having undergone substantial roof and water damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the museum was restored and reopened in February 2008. Additional improvements to the remaining structures started under the leadership of former Executive Director Jonn Hankins.