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“Madame John's Legacy”

Madame John's Legacy
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Ranked #166 of 383 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: The second-oldest building in the Mississippi Valley and a fine example of Creole architecture, this center offers exhibits on history and Creole-style art.
Reviewed 5 November 2013

Madame John's Legacy is one of the many buildings/museums that comprise the Louisiana State Museum system. While most of the attractions charge a modest admission, Madame John's Legacy offers free admission -- making it a worthwhile stop on any visit to New Orleans. The architecture alone makes this building worth a look, as it is one of the oldest buildings in New Orleans, and one of the rare wooden structures that escaped the great fire of 1795. During our visit, Madame John's Legacy was hosting a display of Newcomb Pottery. The pieces were lovely, and it was interesting to read about the history of Newcomb College and its female pottery artists.

Another reviewer mentioned that the site was scheduled to close at the end of this exhibit. I hadn't heard that, but I do hope they keep it open, as it's certainly worth a visit. The building is located in the heart of the French Quarter, just a couple of blocks from Jackson Square.

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Reviewed 6 August 2013

This was a double whammy FREE event that any Antique's Roadshow devotee would love! First of all, you get to see examples of beautiful Newcomb Pottery, along with the roadmap of the bottom of the pottery to tell if it's a real Newcomb. The pottery was lovely. Secondly, you are in the second oldest surviving building in Nola. Even though the building had no furniture in it, I enjoyed reading about its history and who had lived there, and even understanding the reasons that there were two different types of planks used for the flooring. The Louisiana State Museum employee was helpful and friendly, but he did tell us that the site was going to close after the exhibit was over.

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Reviewed 7 June 2013

Currently they have a Newcomb pottery exhibit called "The Palm, The Pine and the Cypress." It is free and included many unusual forms I had not seen before. Great exhibit in air conditioned space in a very historic museum home and the price in right - free.

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Reviewed 13 May 2013

The fact that you can tour the second oldest surviving building in Nola--a National Historic Landmark and property of the Louisiana State Museum--for free automatically makes this a must see and a best value, even if there were nothing in it.

The building that stands today was constructed in 1788, and gained the name Madame John’s Legacy in the late nineteenth century, after a character in George Washington Cable’s story "Tite Poulette." It is more typical of the simple style of the French West Indies than that of the Spanish colonial period, characterized by ornate, lacy wrought iron balconies.

Maybe I'm in the minority, but I preferred it without furnishings. The impression of age will hit you immediately, as you'll notice creaking wood floors and a fireplace in nearly every room. There's excellent reading material on the walls that give you a chronological history of the house's ownership, as well as early pieces and descriptions of Newcomb Pottery. Head downstairs and stroll through the courtyard (a workspace and garden once used for household chores/laundry), and then go through the storeroom basement. Then cross the courtyard, up the stairs, and peer into the servant's quarters.

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Reviewed 26 December 2012

The entry was free but the house wasn't furnished or anything. Interesting display of Newcomb Pottery. Nice wide porch & reading the history of the house was interesting. Price was def right.

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