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The Presbytere

751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
+1 504-568-6968
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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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751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
French Quarter
+1 504-568-6968
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are interested in local history, you need to see this museum. It also has a significant display on Katrina and its effects on the City.

Thank Robert I
Reviewed 7 November 2017

The bottom floor of the museum is dedicated to Hurricane Katrina. It has a lot of artifacts and video and is very moving. The top floor is dedicated to Mardi Gras and all it entails. Both exhibits were interesting and informative. I would love to...More

Thank Bethpeper
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Both the Mardi Gras and Katrina exhibits are very impressive. They should make the video from the engineer who carried out the post-mortem on the city required viewing though. It's easy to overlook but it has the best explanation for what actually went wrong

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 5 November 2017

My kids who are now young adults, really enjoyed this with me. My daughter, who was only in 2nd grade when Katrina hit, really had it sink in hard and she was just in tears seeing the destruction and heartache and everything that people went...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Such a moving history of the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Newsreels, artifacts, personal stories. Not to be missed. Upstairs is the story of Mardi Gras. Very colourful displays.

Thank Laurel M
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Great way to spend a few hours of a rainy day in New Orleans. If you go to more than one of their museums, you get a discount. This one was somber...in the Katrina exhibit. And fun in the Mardi Gras exhibit. It's neat to...More

Thank Tina F
Reviewed 2 November 2017

great exhibits on Mardi Gras, New Orleans history and key players, and an excellent exhibit on hurricane Katrina and the political and infrastructure problems before and after...and currently.

Thank Ann H
Reviewed 30 October 2017

For only $6 plus tax you can view two excellent exhibits. The first floor is about Hurricanes, featuring Katrina, and the second floor is about the Mardi Gras. Both exhibits are very well done and definitely worth your time to see. The museum is located...More

Thank Suzy M
Reviewed 28 October 2017

The first floor was focused on hurricanes and primarily Katrina. The second floor was all about Mardi Gras. Well worth the admission of $6/adult.

Thank junkd0n
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Great exhibit of Mardi Gras history, costumes and balls. Also very well done Katrina experience. This exhibit included multimedia ways to understand how Katrina affected New Orleans and what is being done to ameliorate future difficulties.

Thank Marti S
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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
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Cat T
11 September 2016|
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Response from Karyn G | Reviewed this property |
Two hours is enough time to give everything a look at. But don't rush it, you might miss something!
Sally S
3 August 2016|
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Response from Dan R | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is. The sidewalks in the Quarter can be challenging for wheelchairs but Jackson Square is easily accessible.
Lisa S
8 September 2015|
Response from Marvin M | Property representative |
No, but the historic Cafe du Monde is just across Jackson Square