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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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Moving and fascinating

Great exhibition on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Really very worth seeing. Movie clips, old news and weather broadcasts, personal reminiscences. Intensely moving

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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East Anglia, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Great exhibition on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Really very worth seeing. Movie clips, old news and weather broadcasts, personal reminiscences. Intensely moving

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the exhibit on Hurricane Katrina. We actually did only that part of the museum, but it was so moving and interesting.

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Coarsegold, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Very informational regarding the Katrina disaster and subsequent Hurricane Rita. Many displays, static and electronic. Upstairs hosted a Marde Gras Museum with displays of costumes, etc., as well as many storyboards.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Well worth the small entry fee -- the Katrina/hurricane educational information was interesting, as were the Mardi Gras displays and history.

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Lots of info on Hurricane Katrina. Well thought out exhibits and lots of details we have never heard about before. Plan for a couple of hours to do all the reading... Then the Mardi Gras exhibit is so beautiful!!! I loved seeing all the colorful costumes and the ball gowns and jewels. This is a great museum to visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A moving display of life before and after the hurricanes, and some good scientific explanations as to why it happened (not blaming God for once, but mankind's treatment of the land). Well done. The exhibition on the Mardi Gras was informative and great fun! Loads of pics taken and we enjoyed our time there.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The exhibit about Katrina takes ones breath away. It is frightening, and terribly sad, but one leaves filled with pride and with hope for an ever brighter future for this once fabulous and still more fabulous to be city. One New Orleans has managed to accomplish and to rise from in just under 10 years is beyond amazing. It makes... More 

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Stow, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Not worth going into building is large but small museum dealing with Katrina ( no artifacts from this hurricane). The costumes from Mardi Gras on 2nd floor interesting

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Peoria, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Nice museum, small but contains the history of the hurricanes in the area and Katrina. Very moving display of what the people there went through during and after the hurricane. The upper level is a Mardi Gras display, not as good, but the museum is very inexpensive and worth the trip to go through. Next to the cathedral and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Please visit this museum! I am a New Orleans tour guide and two of the New Orleans subjects in which visitors are most interested are Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras. Also, these are two of the subjects about which people are most uninformed. So please visit this museum. The bottom floor is all about Katrina told in wonderful displays, and... More 

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