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Old Ursuline Convent

1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
504-529-3040
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Ranked #59 of 165 Attractions in New Orleans
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous Sisters of Ursula, among the...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 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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Dublin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Nice little museum in a beautiful setting. The chapel still has mass and it is beautiful! And the cypress beams throughout the building are massive. The staff were so friendly and the gardens are also great!

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San Diego
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

CLOSED UNTIL 10/10 We were really looking forward to seeing the convent but unfortunately the museum displays are being changed and they are closed for now. We did manage to take a ghost tour later in the evening and did get some good history of the building and unsolved happenings.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is one of the few buildings to survive the many fires in early New Orleans and has the history of the nursing, educating nuns attached to it. Has odd hours, so call before you try to go. The church next door is beautiful. Also, odd hours.

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