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Review of The Presbytere

The Presbytere
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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.
Columbia, South Carolina
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“Not To Be Missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

On the first floor is an exhibit about the devastation of Katrina to the area and it helps people to feel how truly bad it was for the locals. I thought I knew all of the facts of the damage from watching TV every day but I absolutely didn't have a clue as to how seriously it hurt the people, their lives, homes, and businesses. It goes into detail with TV coverage before, during, and after the hurricane, audio and visuals of how the levees are being rebuilt, and interactive stations which answer various questions people might have. Upstairs is a fantastic exhibit about the history of Mardi Gras. Children as well as adults enjoyed looking at the costumes, the pictures of the floats, and different fringe Mardi Gras in the area. I went here and then to the Cabildo on the same day since they are near each other. It was worth the long walk from where I was staying.

Visited June 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Good for pictures”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

It is a pretty building/museum. Very short visit required. Some interesting shots to take. The cathedral is worth a look as well

Visited June 2013
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Hartsburg, Missouri
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“Decent museum for 6 bucks”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

So you are in the French quarter looking for something to do...the museum is adjacent to the cathedral on Jackson Square. The Katrina exhibit is ok and the Mardi Gras exhibit was interesting...lots of old crowns and jewelry worn by kings and queens of past parades. For $6 you ban spend an hour or so.

Visited June 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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“Katrina chaos softened by Mardi Gras”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

Presbytère is the residence of a Roman Catholic parish priest, not a Presbyterian church, adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral northeast of Jackson Square. It is now, however, a museum detailing the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, and Mardi Gras costume displays. Visit the Katrina exhibits first, as the experience saddens. The Mardi Gras section on the second floor is a color explosion that lifts the spirit.

751 Chartres Street, 504/568-6968, $6 adult admission, well worth the fee that helps maintain this magnificent museum.

Visited May 2013
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Stow Maries, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013

On the ground floor a very moving exhibition about Katrina which is well worth a visit. The second floor was dedicated to Mardi Gras with lots of photos, costumes and objects associated with. You could easily spend a good few hours. Ideal if it is too hot outside or raining.

Visited May 2013
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