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Preservation Hall

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Address: 726 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, LA 70116-3182
Phone Number:
+1 504-522-2841
12:00 - 17:00
20:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 17:00
20:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

New Orleans' Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of...

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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Small space with amazing musicians doing what they do best. No lights or microphones needed, just great acoustic sounds from amazing artists both young and (mostly) old. Line up... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2015
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

We spent a lot of money to watch bored musicians perform. I realize it was their third show of the evening but come on, fake it at least and earn your money.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015

Small space with amazing musicians doing what they do best. No lights or microphones needed, just great acoustic sounds from amazing artists both young and (mostly) old. Line up early if you don't buy reserved seating but don't worry about the wait - all of the bars around will gladly give you a drink to take out so you can... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015

This was a fantastic way to end a two week tour of NO. Yes the venue is small but that makes it intimate and personal as if the musicians are playing only for you. The music is a must for any jazz fan. The cooling fans on the ceiling rotate the warm humid air so take water with you. Be... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Buy your tickets ahead of time and reserve the first row of seats. Buy any drinks and use the restrooms at neighboring bars, as they have none

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 13 October 2015

A very intimate venue. You can get advances tickets with no wait and sit up front on a bench. Advance tickets were $45 each. No waiting in line. You can bring your own cocktails or a bottle of wine as there is no bar.

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Panorama City, California, United States
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Reviewed 13 October 2015

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is absolutely the BEST!!! If you are a music Lover visiting New Orleans you cannot miss this!!

Thank Kim G
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 13 October 2015

We caught the "All Stars" version of the band. Amazing un-amplified performances from fantastic musicians The hall is open almost all day, but it's really just a little hallway with recordings and souvenirs for sale most of the day. The performances don't start in the main room until 8pm and repeat at 9pm and 10pm. Get there at least an... More 

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Reviewed 13 October 2015

We were there for Shannon Powell. Wow! He is a very gifted performer. All the performers were great. The venue is a bit small and there is no air conditioner but nevertheless, we would go every night if we lived in NOLA. You can't miss this!

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

Very small. Paid for reserve seating and it was on a wooden bench crammed with others who had paid. Not worth it. I would not go again. Music so so but we had (by accident) attended the Preservation Hall Ball the night before at the Civic Theater so many musicians may have played that night. THAT was awesome!!!!! So, the... More 

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Reviewed 12 October 2015

This is one of the oldest jazz clubs in the city. You can stand in line about 30 minutes or so before a show and get in, or you can pay $40 (second row) or $50 (first row) to be a "big shot". The place is very small. You have to sit on benches (or pillows on the floor). No... More 

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