Preservation Hall
Preservation Hall
4.5
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5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
About
New Orleans' Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America's truest art forms - Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture. Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street, the Preservation Hall venue presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans Jazz concerts over 350 nights a year featuring ensembles from a current collective of 100+ local master practitioners. On any given night, audiences bear joyful witness to the evolution of this venerable and living tradition.
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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • krocking123
    New York City, New York967 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Professional Musicians
    Ok hear is the down low on this. Buy the standing room only tickets. And if they show doesn’t sell out you can move up to an empty seat.. center back is up a little more then the back right or left. Their is not bad spot in the place. Standing is better you can breath a little more. Monday’s and Tuesday are good to go less people are in town. Weekends and fridays are not busy. They haven’t done anything to the place since the opening .. dark and dirty
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Laurie S
    102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our favorite thing in NOLA
    This is an absolute must in a visit to NOLA. What an incredible experience. We highly recommend paying the extra bit to sit in the front row for a personal concert from some of the greats. When it was over, we wanted to buy another ticket and go right back in. AMAZING!!!!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia3,242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do for Jazz lovers
    Situated just off Bourbon Street, Preservation Hall is a must for any jazz of music fans. The venue is small and hasn’t changed over the years. The seats are wooden stalls so not made for comfort but the concerts are only 45 minutes so perfect for this time. We went during the week and an earlier session so our standing seats ended up being seated in the second row but it does get busy later in the night and definitely on the weekends. The night we went we had Branden Lewis who was amazing and graciously asked 2 young players on stage to join them at the end of the performance. You can’t take photos or video during performance but you can at the end with the artist. It does get hot in there so would hate to think when it is full. The merchandise is really quite cool as well. Don’t come to New Orleans without attending Preservation Hall!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Joel S
    Boston, Massachusetts35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time experiencing live jazz at Preservation Hall
    My wife and I had a fantastic time seeing the late show at Preservation Hall on a Monday night. Band members were energetic and seemed to be having a great time, and so we did too! The tight, intimate quarters added to the ambience of the show, and my wife said it was the highlight of everything we did in New Orleans. Highly recommended!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Sam B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    "Preservation Hall: Where the Heart of Jazz Comes Alive in New Orleans"
    I've had the pleasure of visiting Preservation Hall on numerous occasions over the past 35 years. Without fail, each visit has been an enchanting experience, as if I were stepping foot in that iconic venue for the very first time. It's incredibly fulfilling to witness my friends, often referred to as "tourists," revel in the same joy that locals hold dear. Mahalia Jackson's words resonate with me; she aptly describes Louis Armstrong's jazz as a gift that, if unappreciated, might suggest a deficiency in one's capacity to love at all. S Bridges
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 September 2023
  • recorder
    Pineville, Missouri1,925 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed it a lot.
    Having never been here before, I had nothing to compare it to. Having said that, we really had a great time here. The place hasn't changed since it was opened in 1961. The patina on everything is real. The music was great and although it was only 45 minutes long, it left me wanting more, not looking at my watch wondering when it would get over. Not sure where all the money goes, but I don't care. I got what I wanted to see and hear and felt like I had done something to preserve this great music.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Katherine J
    London, United Kingdom16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You know what you’re getting into!
    I was really excited about going to preservation hall and intrigued by the mixed reviews here. Firstly the musicians are incredible, extremely talented and very varied in their skill sets. The music was 10/10. It’s true that the hall is small and not the most comfortable but that is to be expected for a historic venue. The show is short but they do tell you this when you’re booking and the cost is high for what you get, but overall I personally felt like the experience was worth it. It is also true that the musicians ask for tips, but last night they weren’t pushy about it. It’s pretty standard in the USA and we’ve been asked for tips on $400 meals so I don’t think it was that weird. All in all I would recommend it if you are aware what it is and want a great historic New Orleans jazz experience
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Anand_Hari
    London, United Kingdom337 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short, expensive but worth doing
    Pros The best musicians we saw during our whole trip. The venue was beautiful. Memorable experience. Cons Bad value for money given how short the show was, and cost of the tickets. The room got very hot. The seats weren't comfortable. No bar, and you can't bring outside drinks in except water. No toilet (but you can go next door). Hard to get tickets, we booked about three weeks in advance. Not sure what chance you'd have nearer the time or on the day. The performance ended abruptly. Overall, I would recommend. It's a great way to experience the highest quality music. I just wish we got a bit more of it. Perhaps it's turned into a bit of a tourist cash cow.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • 2berries
    Lake George, New York277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    THIS is New Orleans Jazz
    If you’re looking to hear some classic jazz in a unique setting, this is the experience for you. The musicians are clearly top notch. The hall is dimly lit, has wooden bench seating or standing room options and the setting is very intimate as the musicians are maybe 6-8 feet from the first seated row. Very glad we saw a show in Preservation Hall!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 November 2023
  • Benjamin B
    Oslo, Norway4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience with great musicians
    A true unique experience that should not be missed if you are in town amd want to experience some traditional jazz. As a tall person; a standing ticket is perfectly fine. The entire show is not that long, and if you still get great views from the standing platform in the back if you are not short. If you have a standing ticket I would recomment getting in line early and put yourself along the back wall, you get the whole atmosphere and great views of the band.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 November 2023
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glennsparrow
Christchurch15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
One of the thing i was most looking forward to about my trip to New Orleans was taking in a show at the Preservation Hall with my 14 year old music mad son. The Hall and the performers did not dissapoint, not only was the music a delight the band made my son and I feel super welcome and they were respectful of all his questions and even let him sit behind the drumkit for a photo. Like all good attractions, yes you leave by the gift shop. But you leave with a smile on your face.
Written 16 June 2024
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Road770410
Reading, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was our 2nd visit to Preservation Hall. The first was over 20 years ago when we recall it being an amazing but very hot experience in a minimalist room being entertained by a band of great jazz musicians - most of them in their 70s or 80s. We had to come back and bring our friends. The experience this time was even better, from the articulate introduction by a passionate member of the Preservation Hall team to the vibrant, funny and explosive musicians who really wanted to get the audience involved - we loved every minute of the show. For anyone who wants to experience the real spirit and traditions of New Orleans, Preservation Hall is a must!
Written 9 June 2024
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Michael from Rehovot
Brea, CA16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
EXTREMELY overpriced. They played a very short set which included a LOT of talking and jokes. Some of the songs were pretty touristy like Saints Go Marching In. None required or showed off their true musicianship. We paid $47 per ticket for about 6 or 7 songs. You pay for the privilege of being there, not to hear some truly great music.
Written 7 June 2024
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amlacy_82
Statesboro, GA48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This was a highlight of our trip. Pay the extra and sit in the front row. Other reviewers that complain don’t get it - you are going to see true musicians play in a historical setting! It’s amazing!
Written 6 June 2024
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Barbra S
Arvada, CO144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This was a highlight of our trip and on our bucket list! We loved experiencing this historic landmark and incredible jazz music. I appreciated that the venue stayed EXACTLY the same and is still intimate/small. I recommend buying the front bench seats for the best views/sound. The jazz is hot and so is the venue's temperature. There were a few fans oscillating - so definitely bring your own fan if you run hot. The shows are only 45-minutes though so you can make it! It's worth the heat!
Written 6 June 2024
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Mark C
New Jersey226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I'm a music lover, but my family - not so much. So Preservation Hall -- with its 45-minute sets -- was a winner for us. I get my fix (a little short for me), while my wife and son can experience it without too much of a commitment. We got bench seats - nice to have a spot to sit. When they say no AC, they mean it. It was 90 degrees outside, and there was plenty of sweating going on -- and we were the first show of the day; I imagine it would get hotter after multiple sets. The music was top notch. Absolutely skilled jazz musicians with decades -- well over a century, I'm sure -- of combined experience. Just putting on a quick show for the tourists. But they clearly love what they're doing. We all enjoyed this experience. Highly recommended.
Written 28 May 2024
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Sally F
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Get tickets 6 wks before Most enjoyable evening. Sat in front roll. Such talented men. Very enjoyable Highly recommend
Written 26 May 2024
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david
Boise, ID18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We’re amateur musicians and big jazz fans. We’ve seen a lot of live jazz, but the musicianship displayed here is definitely top drawer. Most impressive. A friendly, historical vibe, too. We felt like we were experiencing history first hand. A must see.
Written 25 May 2024
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Marsha S
Holts Summit, MO6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Get your tickets early! This is a must if you love Jazz and New Orleans! So worth it! Traditional NOLA jazz. They sell out fast. 45 minute show. The cheapest tickets are standing only. You will not be seated. No pictures or recording during the show. Take a bottle of water as that is the only beverage allowed.
Written 17 May 2024
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Anthony L
Birmingham, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Disappointed: 15 mins waiting, 25 mins of music and 20 mins of talking. The tickets were not good value and halfway through we were asked to put money in the bucket! This interrupted one of about 5 tunes. The last piece was audience participation. I did not come to hear amateurs sing! Too much time was wasted. It should be jazz non stop for 40 of the 45 mins.
Written 14 May 2024
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