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Old Ursuline Convent

Neighborhood: French Quarter
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Address: 1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: 504-529-3040
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Description: Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous...
Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous Sisters of Ursula, among the female pioneers of New Orleans.
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This site is immaculately maintained and treasured by the volunteers who work here. A volunteer guide provided an informal and enjoyable tour through this large complex which has... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Jackson, Mississippi
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful place... stepping in the Ursuline Convent makes you feel as though you're in a different world. The premises is so well kept and maintained. The tour is a self-guided tour and costs $10 per person (certain discounts available) and there are two mini gift shops available at the entrance/exit (same thing). The lady who takes your payment... More 

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Kansas City
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

we had an hour to kill before our flight, so we walked across the street from our Inn and looked around. We were so happy we did! An interesting self-guided walking tour about the history of the Ursuline Nuns. The chapel and grounds are gorgeous. There is a volunteer docent who will walk around with you if you'd like to... More 

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Beaumont, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

This former convent has a small gift shop in front of the court yard.. I am not sure if the have tours.. The location is right in the heart of the quarter. It is across from the Key - Beauregards house that gives hourly tours. Also it is three blocks over from the French market.. And Molly's pub

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Fresno, California
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23 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The Church is pretty and there are a few exhibits in the old convent (mostly storyboards on walls), and it is the oldest building in the city, but $10 per person was far to much for what little they had to offer.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Being the Catholics we are, my husband and I love to visit different churches and monasteries so this convent was on the top of our list during our trip. The museum is run by volunteers and is still under the eyes of the Archdiocese. The $10 fee helps with the up keep of the small museum. When you walk in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This site is immaculately maintained and treasured by the volunteers who work here. A volunteer guide provided an informal and enjoyable tour through this large complex which has had an interesting history, which is closely linked to the catholic church. A large number of people who lived here played important roles in the history of New Orleans - particularly in... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I tried a couple times to visit the Ursuline Convent MD each time I was in New Orleans, it was closed. This time I finally got to go in. Luckily there was a volunteer touring the place, giving insight and stories about the convent and the chapel. Without this volunteer guide, I don't think the visit would've been all that... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I wanted to visit the Ursuline Convent very much. As a result, I prepared extensively and read the reviews and visited their website several times. Not once did anyone mention that the Ursuline Convrent would be closed this week. In fact, when we walked in front of it on Sunday (we knew it was closed on Sundays), there was no... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This was at the top of my NOLA must-see list, especially with the new exhibit they added in October. In a word, it was disappointing. We paid $10/person, and the "self-guided tour" was a pamphlet that was basically a construction/re-construction timeline and some pictures. The exhibit itself was not much better. Besides some interesting architecture (i.e., neat staircase), a poorly... More 

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Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Such a pretty, calm place away from the chaos. Very interesting perspective of French Quarter history. A lovely lady explained the church's history and place in the community where she grew up.

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