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The Presbytere

751 Chartres St., Jackson Sq., New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
504-568-6968
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Ranked #26 of 165 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: Built on the site of the residence of Capuchin monks in 1793, the site is part of the Louisiana...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: Built on the site of the residence of Capuchin monks in 1793, the site is part of the Louisiana State Museum complex and houses the Louisiana Portrait Gallery and historical exhibits.

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virginia, usa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Both the Katrina exhibit and the Mardi Gras exhibit were well done and informative. I never wanted to go to Mardi Gras before--but now I do! Don't know why another reviewer paid $10; it was only $6 when I went ($5 for daughter with student ID).

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great display covering Katrina along with another area dedicated to the history of Mardi Gras. And to top it off it is on Jackson Square in the center of all the French Quarter fun.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This small museum, right on Jackson Square, packs a one-two punch. On the first floor is a thoughtful, moving look at the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and its community. Unforgettable. Upstairs is a very strong historical overview of Mardi Gras -- with invitations, trinkets, spectacular costumes, and photos from over a century. Prepare to spend at least... More 

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Yakima, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

It was a cold day in the quarter and a perfect day to browse this exhibit. It was $10 to get in and well worth it with lots of pictures, displays, videos and some actual items used in rescue efforts. I finally got a true understanding of a levee and what caused it to fail. Fascinating to see and hear... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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304 reviews 304 reviews
77 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Historic travels through times dating from Spanish and French controlled days to the present.Also gives you a chance to visit Jackson Square and it's many attractions.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This museum is next to the St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square in the French Quarter. It was built on the site of the residence, or presbytere, of the Capuchin monks. It was used, for sometime, for commercial purposes and as a courthouse. Today, the Presbytere has a fine collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia. Be sure to visit this museum.... More 

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Louisville, KY
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31 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Probably the best re-purposing of a historic landmark in the city, the Presbytere - once a Spanish Government Building and the place where the actual Louisiana Purchase was signed - is now a NOLA museum. The lower level is dedicated to Hurricane Katrina and the havoc that event reeked on the city and its people. I was particularly moved to... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Spent an hour and a half here and was so glad we took the time. The Katrina exhibit was thoughtful and touched on all aspects of the disaster. When you walk into the reception area there is a work of art coming down from the ceiling that is bottles with the names of those who died as well as hands... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We only had time to visit the Hurricane Katrina exhibit at the Presbytere. The exhibit is informative and gives a general sense of what happened to the people. I also came away with a better understanding of why the levees failed. The inclusion of news coverage and oral history interview sound bites is intense. It's necessary and helpful, but be... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The Presbytere is located right off of Jackson Square next to the St. Louis Cathedral. The bottom floor is dedicated to Hurricane Katrina and was very interesting. There are news reports and videos from during the storm plus many artifacts. The wall diary was especially fascinating. The upper floor is a Mardi Gras museum which isn't bad but the Katrina... More 

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