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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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Heartbreaking and fun!

So there are two areas for here: you start out with the hurricane Katrina section and then go upstairs to the Mardi Gras section. Both are very informative and interesting but the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Rossland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

So there are two areas for here: you start out with the hurricane Katrina section and then go upstairs to the Mardi Gras section. Both are very informative and interesting but the Katrina section is also heartbreaking as you see how awful things got for people. If you're on the sensitive side expect tears, I didn't make it through without... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Tickets are cheap, $5 each. The layout of the museum isn't anything incredible, but it's well done. Lots of reading. But you learn the essentials of New Orleans: Katrina, Jazz, and Mardi Gras.

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Pleasant Grove, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Very cool Katrina museum on the first floor and then a Mardi Gras museum on the second. I loved the costumes and the crown room!

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New Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We went to the Hurricane Katrina museum section. There were a lot of media displays, videos and photos, but more memorable for me were several articles from the storm. There was a garage door listing the pet animals and where they were. There were mannequins wearing outfits for the Mardi Gras parade made from blue FEMA tarps. Outside in the... More 

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Boynton beach, fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We popped in here to get out of the rain and walked through the Katrina exhibit first, which was an emotion provoking visit. Though there were other hurricanes on display, Katrina was the main focus. If you thought you knew everything there was to about this storm, you don't. When you're in NOLA you really must visit this exhibit. The... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

If the museum had been free I might have rated it average, but considering that they squeezed 12 bucks out of me for a rather boring visit the place deserves lower. The thing is that the Katrina exhibit is ok, but pretty limited, and not very exciting. There's a lot of reading, and screens with interviews of people affected, but... More 

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Madison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This museum tells the story of hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras. The bottom floor houses the Katrina exhibit. It explained Katrina from start to recovery. It is very well done and makes you truly understand what everyone went thru doing this awful time in New Orleans. The second floor houses the history of Mardi Gras. It shows how it began... More 

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Victor, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We recently visited New Orleans, and really enjoyed the Presbytere. It's basically two exhibits in one building: downstairs is about hurricanes (mostly Katrina), upstairs is about Mardi Gras. Since both topics are very important in New Orleans, this is a very appropriate stop while touring the French Quarter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The Hurricane Katrina exhibit is on the first floor and the Mardi Gras exhibit is on the second floor. Both are wonderfully done. There's a lot to see in both sections so you'll need to allow about 1-1/2 to 2 hours to get through both sections. Well worth the low entry cost!

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Elmira, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Husband and I visited this just for the Katrina display. It was well done but there really wasn't much I hadn't seen or heard on the news. Many displays didn't work or were missing. Mainly, it was well done and tactfully put together, touching on a myriad of issues this disaster brought to light. Would recommend to others.

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Address: 751 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: +1 504-568-6968
Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > French Quarter
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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