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“A must see Katrina exhibit”
Review of The Presbytere

The Presbytere
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US$28.00*
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Crescent City History Tour
Ranked #52 of 390 things to do in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 18 March 2011

It cost 5 dollars to go in (the Presbytere is a seperate building from the Louisiana State Museum and is a seperate entrance fee). They had a fantastic Hurricane Katrina exhibit, which consisted of many rooms with artifacts, videos, special effects. I definitely recommend that travelers check out this museum.

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Reviewed 25 February 2011

What a great exhibit. It details the events leading up to the hurricane and even gives you a small taste of the noise and chaos during the storm. You hear truly heart-breaking and enraging first-person accounts of the events. The film at the end was sad but also uplifting. Most interesting for me was the interactive map with the minute-by-minute demonstration of which levees broke when and how they combined to flood the area. I hadn't ever fully grasped just how many things had to go wrong for this disaster to occur. I also appreciated the geographical and environmental information about what needs to happen to prevent a repeat. My hopes are not high, but I am still grateful to understand the issues. Very worthwhile $6 ticket.

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Reviewed 20 February 2011

We had gone to the Cabildo the day before and picked up the combo ticket for it and the Presbytere Museum. The two are on opposite sides of the Cathedral right on Jackson Square. When we went to the Presbytere we learned that the Mardi Gras exhibit was closed for renovation. Since it was our first time to New Orleans we were a bit bummed but we were even more interested in learning about how Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans so we entered hoping to learn much. It was a terrific learning experience. It dealt with the scientific causes of the storm and damage to the city but also with the human side to this tragedy. Very good. We learned later that day that the Presbytere was originally built next to the Cathedral for the Bishop and priests to live a couple of centuries ago or so but they never did since it was deemed to be too luxurious. After a history of being used in various it has recently been a museum. The Cabildo Museum on the opposite side of the Cathedral is now a museum on New Orleans history.

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Reviewed 31 May 2010

We had some time to kill around Jackson Square so we decided to try the Presbytere Mardi Gras Museum.

This was one of the saddest museums I've ever been to. We wanted to know how Mardi Gras was orginated-where the traditions came from, etc. All it talked about was Krewes and kings and queens of the parades and balls but with no explanation as to what any of that is or means.

A lot of the tv displays weren't working and a portion of the exhibit was being taken down to accomodate a Katrina exhibit coming in October 2010.

I'm grateful that we only paid $6 a person bit even that was too much for this.

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Reviewed 3 January 2010

This museum was totally awesome. We had one rainy day when we were in New Orleans, so we picked one museum to tour, and I'm so glad this was the one. I had no idea about the rich and interesting history of the Mardi Gras celebration -- but I do now! So many cool costumes and interesting facts! A few of the exhibits were out of order, but we still had two hours of great times here. Highly recommended.

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