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The Presbytere

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Address: 751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: +1 504-568-6968
10:00 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:30

The Presbytere was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St....

The Presbytere was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. It stands today as a beautiful reminder of both Louisiana's singular past and its vibrant present.The Presbytere, originally called Casa Curial or "Ecclesiastical House," was built on the site of the residence, or presbytere, of the Capuchin monks. The building was used for commercial purposes until 1834 when it became a courthouse. In 1911, it became part of the Louisiana State Museum. Two exhibitions are on display-"Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond" tells of rescue, rebuilding and renewal, and "Mardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana" captures the fun and fantasy of the annual celebration.

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Visited the Hurricane Katrina exhibit and it was very inspirational! The exhibit is a testimony to the enduring spirit and overall sense of community found in the city of New... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Clemson, South Carolina
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The first floor is a Katrina exhibit. There are photos, videos, hurricane simulator, and LOTS of reading materials. The second floor is Mardi Gras photos, masks, costumes and various "royalty" regalia. This is very much a social science - educational experience.

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Clemson, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited the Hurricane Katrina exhibit and it was very inspirational! The exhibit is a testimony to the enduring spirit and overall sense of community found in the city of New Orleans. The Mardi Gras exhibit was very interesting and worth the trip upstairs to see it.

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Evesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum gave an in depth tour of the ravages of hurricane Katrina and earlier ones. It also gave the reasons why it flooded due to man's intervention which destroyed the cypress swamplands. It was heart rendering to see the ordinary people of the city in the aftermath of Katrina with very little help from Government sources. Hopefully there have... More 

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Bath, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in here looking for something to do while waiting for our hotel. What a pleasant surprise. For $6 pp you get 2 exhibits. The first floor is devoted to Katrina. Very informative and moving. It is well done with audio and visual experiences. It gives a diverse view of the whole thing. The second floor is devoted to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed seeing the various costumes used in the Mardi Gras and the masks, etc. Also enjoyed seeing the exhibit of Katrina and how the city has revived itself from this terrible story.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This and its sister museum are full of long descriptive written materials that will wear most visitors out. These are not well done displays. They are out of date. This should be done only if you have run out of better choices.

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Auburn, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bottom floor with the hurricane Katrina exhibits was well done; however it did get depressing to after awhile. The upstairs with Mardi Gras history and costumes was very well done and quite enjoyable.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was high on my to do list as wanted to see as much as possible about Katrina but left disappointed. Understand it's still sensitive but I just felt there could be more build up, actual footage and real life stories whereas it all felt too small and quick to get through. A few screens weren't working and the interactive displays... More 

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Meridian, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum contains two sets of displays -- one on Mardi Gras and one on Katrina and her aftermath. The Mardi Gras displays were quite complete and gave a couple of Westerners a much better understanding of the what, why and where of the holiday. The costumes, accoutrements, and paraphernalia associated with Mardi Gras was fascinating. The Katrina displays were... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum had very good documentary displays of how the effects of Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

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