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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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What A Monstrance!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We decided to visit the old Ursuline convent when we came across it just walking around the French quarter, and was glad of its tranquility and spent an easy hour listening to the history of New Orleans. We received a great welcome by the staff and lots of personal attention.

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

It's a lovely, quiet spot in the Quarter, with beautiful gardens. It's the oldest remaining house in the Mississippi River Valley. I asked the womn from whom I bought my entrace ticket if I remembered correctly that Ursulines were a teaching order. She replied, "Yes, they came here as a teaching order, but there were so many needs to be... More 

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DC
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Although the tour is self guided there are docents on site who essentially give you a guided tour. Definitely do seek them out for their knowledge. Had been wanting to peak into St Mary's church which is attached but is always closed but can be accessed from the convent. Mass is now held at 5:30 on Sunday's and is worth... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

Lovely little chapel where mass is still held and interesting museum. The garden is lovely. However, I feel the admission price is high for what you get.

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