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The Presbytere

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Address: 751 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: +1 504-568-6968
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Description: The Presbytere was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St...
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.
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We saw the Katrina hurricane tribute here, as well a the Mardi Gras Museum portion. Both were very informative...one display being about happy(Mardi Gras), the other showing sad... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We saw the Katrina hurricane tribute here, as well a the Mardi Gras Museum portion. Both were very informative...one display being about happy(Mardi Gras), the other showing sad because of Katrina.

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Mobile, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Very educational and informative LA and New Orleans history museum. A great break from the crowds and heat of the French Quarter. This is great collection of historical items and information about LA. I thoroughly enjoyed going through this museum. NOLA has some really good art & history museums if you take the time to find them. I believe you... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The Katrina exhibit is very moving. It is a multimedia presentation that provides a number of perspectives on the horrific event and the devastation caused by the hurricane. Not to be missed. I enjoyed the Mardi Gras exhibit but it paled in comparison to the Katrina exhibit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Stroll around the Jackson Square across the street. Back away the distance of a few Saints' 15 yard penalties and get some of the best photos in America. Good shop for leather goods on street level; great hat shop for ladies and me.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Ok I walked up to the museum and almost turned away. The two exhibits that are being displayed are Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. I am not a fan of Mardi Gras and having to live through Katrina and hear about it daily makes me roll my eyes. So I looked at my sweating kids and thought "hey, why not.... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We lived in the area several decades ago and wanted to see the Katrina exhibit. It is very well done and although I followed Katrina news closely (we still had friends in the area) I learned a lot (example, how many levee breaches there were!). You can go through just reading the displays, but I would recommend taking your time... More 

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Memphis, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

we toured this museum along withe cabildo on the same day & in doing so you get a 20% discount. the main exibits in this museum involve hurricanes & allot on katrina. and the history & meaning of mardi gras.

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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The second story of the Presbytere, often overlooked and overshadowed by the powerful downstairs Katrina exhibit, is an interesting Mardi Gras display for kids and adults alike. The exhibit offers an interactive platform kids can climb to experience standing on a Mardi Gras float. Running video gives the reality of what it’s like to toss beads to a waving crowd.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The first level is all about Katrina, which is sad but very heartwarming as well. The displays are very easy to read and follow and the stories were fascinating. Upstairs is all about Mardi Gras which was informative. Not really knowing the history of the festival, it was nice to see what he party is all about.

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Rossland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

So there are two areas for here: you start out with the hurricane Katrina section and then go upstairs to the Mardi Gras section. Both are very informative and interesting but the Katrina section is also heartbreaking as you see how awful things got for people. If you're on the sensitive side expect tears, I didn't make it through without... More 

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