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Old Ursuline Convent

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Address: 1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: 504-529-3040
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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We enjoyed seeing St. Mary's, but the convent was not as interesting. The nuns lived simple, reverent lives so the convent rooms were quite plain. Storyboards and artifacts told... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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Jesup, Georgia
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194 reviews 194 reviews
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143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This convent is a little off the beaten path in the French Quarter, but it is worth finding. It is very serene and reverent. It is also gorgeous. All of the staff here are friendly and welcoming. It won't take more than an hour or two to see this. You'll be glad that you took the time.

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We enjoyed seeing St. Mary's, but the convent was not as interesting. The nuns lived simple, reverent lives so the convent rooms were quite plain. Storyboards and artifacts told their story with a heavy emphasis on the nuns meeting with Andrew Jackson and how their prayers were answered when the British were defeated by the Americans in the battle of... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This was one of the best tours we have had. We were at the Ursuline Convent for an event the previous evening and decided to return the next morning for a look around. We did not know there was a guided tour but are so glad we took it when offered. There is no extra charge for this. The docent... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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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
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25 helpful votes 25 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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6 helpful votes 6 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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