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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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Interesting exhibits unique to Nola

It is easy to combine a visit to this museum with both the Cathedral and the Cabildo, which are all adjacent to each other. Admission to the Cathedral is free, and you can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

It is easy to combine a visit to this museum with both the Cathedral and the Cabildo, which are all adjacent to each other. Admission to the Cathedral is free, and you can purchase a discounted admission combination ticket to the Presbytere and the Cabildo. The Katrina exhibit is somber and informative and the Mardi Gras exhibit displays colorful costumes... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

At the time we visited there were two main exhibits on Katrina and Mardi Gras. The Katrina exhibit is poignant and amazing and sad and so well done it is worth the price of admission, which is nominal to start with. Katrina stories told on video by people who lived through the storm and it's aftermath. Also includes interesting artifacts... More 

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Olympia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The Katrina exhibit got me emotional and gave me a good idea of what really happened in that disaster. The mardi gras floor was much more than expected. I absolutely loved this museum!

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Jesup, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This museum has a downstairs exhibit about Hurricane Katrina. It is absolutely fascinating. There are a lot of artifacts from the storm here - as well as interactive exhibits about wetlands and hurricanes. There is also a history of Mardi Gras upstairs. Both are very good. This is next door to the cathedral and it won't take you more than... More 

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Shrewsbury,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We found it of limited interest because we were not very interested in the subject. However, for those who are it would be a fount of information. Well laid out.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The museum has excellent Hurricane Katrina exhibits that are well worth the price of admission for older youth, teens and adults. Visit this museum before you drive around the city in order to get more visuals and background on how the events unfolded, myths and realities of the hurricane, and what good has (and hasn’t) come out of the tragedy.... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I did not even realize this was a museum because it looks like a church. Found out it is a museum that is only $6 a person which is probably the cheapest thing to do around here as the tours and Mardi Gras World etc are 20, 30, 40 dollars or more a person The museum takes about 2 hours... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Was there for the Katrina exhibit... it was heart breaking, but good to experience. Made you aware of the time frame and the lack of governmental support... what the heck went wrong!!!

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Forest, Canada
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This was a very nice museum to visit with the family. One floor tells the story of Hurricane Katrina flooding and related subjects. The other floor is a history of Mardi Gras traditions. Easy to spend 2 or 3 hours here.

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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

At only $6 per person, this is a bargain for NOLA. A beautiful building and the exhibits show a lot of care goes into them. That being said, it was a little jarring to spend 30-40 minutes reliving Katrina and then walking upstairs to partake in the history of Mardi Gras! Both exhibits were well done and thorough. Would recommend... More 

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