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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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if you start at either the Cabildo or Presbytere, buy a combo ticket - saves money and can be used in one day or spread over two days. Well maintained and the Katrina exhibit was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Westcliffe, Colorado
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Westcliffe, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

if you start at either the Cabildo or Presbytere, buy a combo ticket - saves money and can be used in one day or spread over two days. Well maintained and the Katrina exhibit was a true "eye-opener". I am not much into Mardi Gras, but the floor with the costumes and history were a delight!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I greatly enjoyed this museum. To see everything properly you need at least 2 hours. The exhibition on Katrina was so moving, it really showed how much the inhabitants of this city suffered. There are many videos including a couple that were taken in the city during the hurricane, so one can really see how strong the winds were during... More 

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Columbus, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

On Jackson Square next to the St. Louis Cathedral. The Presbytere was an administrative building during colonial times. Looking at the interesting architecture from that time period is worth the visit but its current use is as a museum. On this visit they had a very good exhibit bringing to life the struggles during and the recovery of New Orleans... More 

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We loved the Presbytere! Well worth the $6 entry feee. Emerged with a comprehensive understanding of Katrina. Wonderful (though heart-breaking) artifacts and interviews. Upstairs is a nice way to finish on a bit of a lighter note with the history of Mardi Gras. Spectacular costumes and regalia, glamor and pageantry. A lot of fun. Overall great way to spend a... More 

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We visited the Presbytere the morning of Feb. 26th. The woman on duty was a bit surly and failed to inform us that if we buy tickets to both the Presbytere and Cabildo there's a 20% discount. Be sure to ask. The Presbytere has large Hurricane Katrina and Carnival history exhibits, whereas the Cabildo features the history of the city... More 

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

On our recent trip to New Orleans, we went to the Presbytere and it's two current exhibits profoundly give voice to both the celebration and history of Mardi Gras and the deep pain and suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina and the close following Hurricane Rita. I had read about both of these devastating storms, but this interactive exhibit was able... More 

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

There are two exhibits at the Presbytere -- the Mardi Gras one upstairs and the Katrina one downstairs. We only had an hour to spend and so had only time for the Katrina exhibit, which was very well done. A combination of video footage, audio accounts by survivors, written testimonials, 2-dimensional maps,and found items made the disaster so much more... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

For a very low entrance fee, you can see two informative exhibits about Hurricane Katrina & Mardi Gras. I found the Katrina exhibit really interesting, as it really helped convey the scale of what happened & detail the aftermath which the people of New Orleans had to deal with - something which I previously did not know much about. The... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This museum was moving in so many ways. I chose it out of the other Louisiana State Museum facilities and was so glad that I did. For a small fee you will see an in-depth exhibit on Hurricane Katrina on the first floor, which makes the tragedy and sadness ever the more real and sad with artifacts, videos and still... More 

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Middleboro, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Multi-media exhibits tell the stories of those who lived through Katrina while explaining what happened and what is being done to prevent it from happening again. Second-floor exhibits are all about Mardi Gras and Carnival. Colorful and fascinating. Well worth the modest $5 admission fee.

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