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“Extremely interesting museum at a great price.”
Review of The Presbytere

The Presbytere
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US$25.00*
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New Orleans Cemetery and Supernatural Tour
Ranked #32 of 380 things to do in New Orleans
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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 23 September 2013 via mobile

The Mardi Gras and Katrina exhibits were fascinating, and the admission was only $6. Wonderful place to visit.

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

The exhibit of Katrina is harrowing and sad. There is a lot of personal testimonies and information about the breeches and the Hurricaine. Upstairs is all about Mardi Gras through the years along with some of the masks of Northern Louisiana which is different than NOLA. Good to see the Katrina visit but nice to change it up with Mardi Gras. Both well done exhibits.

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Reviewed 7 September 2013

Glad I found out about this place from a walking tour or I don't think I would have known it was here. Great for $6.

Mardi Gras upstairs was very colourful. Makes me want to come back to see it all but the highlight for me, and main reason I came here was for the Hurricane Katrina Display.

It was very informative with pictures, videos, news reports, audio recordings of Hurricane Katrina. Highly recommended. Learnt so much about the build up to Katrina, what happened when it hit, and the suffering and fight for survival after. Well worth a visit.

Thank mambo202
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

The Presbytere, adjacent to the St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square, was built as a residence for friars who served at the cathedral. It is now part of the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans and houses two major exhibits. The first flood is devoted to "Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond" and the second floor has elaborate consumes, color floats, and many other artifacts associated with Mardi Gras. One of the more interesting exhibits is found in the Presbytere's lobby - the remains of Fats Domino's piano after Katrina. This museum is well done.

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Reviewed 5 August 2013

The Presbytere will probably not show up in any of the showy tourist brochures but it is definitely one of the highlights when visiting the French Quarter, especially if you need a break from the heat. In the 1800s, the Presbytere was used for commercial purposes and served as a courthouse from 1834 to 1911 so the building alone is worth a look. It is to the right of the St. Louis Cathedral (the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States, which faces Jackson Square, also worth a visit). Admission was only $6 for adults, $5 for students, and 12 and under was free. We took our 3 girls (ages 12-16) and we were all impressed with the layout and items that were used to tell the overall story but also to focus in and tell the story of a few individuals. For example, there was the wall of a man that started journaling on his wall with a sharpie while trapped in his home for days. Definitely makes you think on a different level about what the people trapped in NOLA experienced. Also, there is display with a light up map that shows where the levees were breeched and what parts of the city were flooded with times and dates. Very interesting. You will leave with a greater understanding (on a much deeper level) of Hurricane Katrina.
On the 2nd floor, there is the Mardi Gras exhibit, also very well done!

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