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The Presbytere

Address: 751 Chartres St., Jackson Sq., New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
Phone Number: 504-568-6968
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Ranked #23 of 192 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...
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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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We were very impressed by the Hurricane Katrina exhibit. It was shocking to hear and see all the personal experiences of the victims. It transcended with us throughout our entire trip. Even though we were unable to visit NOLA during Mardi Gras, the museum gave us a good impression of NOLA during that time. For a better understanding of NOLA... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We stumbled upon this museum on an afternoon stroll through Jackson Square. It was full of exhibits on past hurricanes as well as Katrina. I think our favorite part was the Mardi Gras exhibits. Lots of vintage costumes and jewelry along with history.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Katrina exhibit here was engrossing. Very well done; informative, great history about the region, and fascinating (if horrifying) personal accounts. I also appreciated the information about the overall environment and larger implications of the hurricane. The upstairs exhibit on Mardi Gras was also great; I really enjoyed the backstory of the various parts. I didn't realize there was so... More 

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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170 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

As a Katrina survivor and New Orleanian (I have since moved away), I had mixed feelings about this exhibit. It was so beautifully done, seeing the beauty in the destruction, explaing what and why it happened. It all starts with the beautiful bottles with lights and messages inside to represent the bobbing water on the ceiling, as well as Fats... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This was my 2nd visit to this extraordinary Museum. This was Tracy's 1st visit. We walked through the Katrina exhibit and kept watching the expression on Tracy's face change many times. He kept telling me he didn't truly understand the whole levee thing. I tried to explain the need for the levees and what their purpose was. It was a... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The Katrina exhibit evens blows you with fans as you watch the actual videos and get a great feel of what it was like to be there during the hurricane, and after. A monument to surviving nature's worst. Then, go upstairs for a great look at the costumes and practices of Mardi gras period. Both exhibits looked fresh and up-to-date.... More 

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California City, California
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28 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

The first floor is entirely devoted to an exhibit of hurricane Katrina. I must admit, I knew the hurricane was bad but did not realize the flooding impact on 90% of the city of New Orleans. It is hard to stop staring at some of the exhibits which are displayed. On a more playful note, upstairs is an entire floor... More 

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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
41 helpful votes 41 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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