What's inside the Secret Room? Three Floors Full of Wondrous Treasures

GoNola.com See & Do: Explore the Secret Room at M.S. Rau Antiques

May 2016
Three Monets, Napoleon’s death mask, a real dinosaur… it’s all inside the secret room at M.S. Rau antiques. Watch the video to see even more!Like many great places in New Orleans, what you see from the street is only part of the story. This is especially true with M.S. Rau Antiques. Certainly, when you pass the front of the French Quarter showroom (630 Royal St.) you can see some of the exquisite objets d’art and antiques that have helped M.S.… Read More »

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