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Napoleon at home in New Orleans

“Treasures of Napoleon” gives visitors the opportunity to gain an understanding of Napoleon Bonaparte’s personal as well as political life.

“The exhibition includes extraordinary artifacts that trace [his] life,” says Brian Adkisson, director of marketing and public relations for the Louisiana State Museum. The collection of 400-plus artifacts include the earliest known letter in Bonaparte’s hand, the sword that he carried when he proclaimed himself as emperor, plus his personal map of the French Empire that dates back to 1812.

Founded in 1906, the Louisiana State Museum is a complex of National Historic Landmarks housing artifacts and works of art that reflect the legacy of Louisiana’s history. Directed by David Kahn, the museum will continue to host its “Treasures of Napoleon” exhibit, on display until Aug. 3 at the Old U.S. Mint.

Information, Old U.S. Mint: 400 Esplanade Ave.,,

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All about him

Aptly titled, The Him Store specializes in men’s personal furnishings, loungewear, swimwear, skin care, jewelry and accessories. Owned by Stacey Jackson and Trellis Smith, the store’s mission is to “provide a sophisticated and fashionable undergarment collection,” says Smith. Though the boutique is small, it carries a wide variety of leading designers including C-IN2, Paul Frank and DKNY, among others.

The shopping experience caters to a large clientele. “It’s diverse,” says Smith. “Our clients include young men and older men, locals and visitors as well as women who want to find a special gift for the special men in their lives.” He also mentions that there is even a line of organic cotton and bamboo undergarments made for the environmentally conscious shopper.

Smith says that the store has the largest selection of men’s personal furnishings in the city of New Orleans;  this month the store will give customers who buy two pairs of 2(x)ist boxers a third pair for free.

Information, 333 Canal St., First Floor, 595-6780,