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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 27 February 2017

The first floor tells the story of Katrina. Pay attention here because sooner or later it will happen again. Upstairs is a happier exhibit displaying the history and culture of Mardi Gras. I learned a lot.

Thank qwerty103
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This was my second visit to the Louisiana State Museum's Katrina exhibit. The recorded oral histories of a diverse range of survivors –emergency providers, everyday heroes, civilians, and tourists– continues to replay in my memory. This is a thoughtfully-designed, immersive and informative exhibit that made me...More

Thank Ginger S
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The ground floor is dedicated to hurricane Katrina and is a very graphic illustration of the devistation caused to the city and the impact on the individuals. It's a sobering recounting of the devistation caused to the city. On the upper floor there is much...More

Thank BeeGee45
Reviewed 24 February 2017

One of the most sobering hours I have spent at a museum. The Katrina exhibit is truly heartbreaking and very well done.

Thank buckeyechic312
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This museum, which is just next door to the St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, has several floors. The second floor is all Mardi Gras, and that is not to be missed. But the main reason to pay the admission is the Katrina exhibit on...More

Thank PHX100
Reviewed 17 February 2017

I's a sad subject, but a story that everyone should know. Go see this exhibit while in NOLA. It's a part of history that should be required in textbooks and civics classes.

Thank Amanda F
Reviewed 12 February 2017

The Katrina display in the ground floor of the Presbytere gives an excellent (and disturbing) overview of the build-up to Hurricane Katrina, its effects and the reconstruction effort. It is a sobering counterbalance to the touristy French Quarter.

Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Fantastic insight into the impact of Katrina - the affect on the people, the city and the landscape. Fantastic insight into the history of the Mardi Gras. Set over two floors with plenty of things to watch, listen and learn from this is a definite...More

Thank Juliet L
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

After ten years one would expect a serious effort would be made to present the facts and reasons for this disaster but the exhibit makes use of well worn newsreel footage and a few artifacts. Rather disappointing except perhaps there is an unwillingness to come...More

Thank northernneckinn
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

This is a little gem of a museum with a singleminded topic: Hurricane Katrina and its effects. You could stay here for 1 1/2 hours and not see everything. If you go on a Katrina tour, you will learn a great deal from this tour....More

Thank cforlani
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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.
8 September 2015|
Response from Marvin M | Property representative |
No, but the historic Cafe du Monde is just across Jackson Square