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The Presbytere

751 Chartres St., Jackson Sq., New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
504-568-6968
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Ranked #22 of 166 attractions in New Orleans
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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... more » 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. « less
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Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The Presbytere was great, right now they have the Katrina exhibit on the first floor, a must see, It is overwhelming when you see the videos and listen to the stories. very emotional to say the least. If I am not mistaken, the exhibit will be there until October, so if you visit the French Quarter you might not want... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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148 reviews 148 reviews
54 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

In addition to feeling the history of being in the Presbytere, the Katrina exhibit makes this a place to visit. The extent of this disaster is clearly shown by all the videos and other related exhibits. As a contrast, the Mardi Gras exhibit on the upper floor is well put together and its gaiety provides a pleasant contrast to the... More

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DeFuniak Springs, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
38 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is a very good museum and you can see the convent all in the same area. Worth seeing it is in walking distance to Jackson Square and the Convent is right down the walk.

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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154 reviews 154 reviews
95 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I am a NOLA girl and have spent my life going to the Presbytere, St Louis Cathedral & the Cabildo. There is so much history in these buildings and the French Quarter, and it is family friendly. there is a lot more to New Orleans & the Quarter than just Bourbon St. There are excellent exhibits with art, Mardi Gras,... More

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Novato, CA
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88 reviews 88 reviews
18 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The Presbytere is right off Jackson Square, next to the Cathedral. The ground floor is a well thought out, interactive, and ultimately heart-breaking exhibit around Hurricane Katrina (and Rita). I recommend this museum if you want to know about the hurricane, how it impacted the area and the timeline, as well as personal experiences. The people of NOLA are gracious,... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

In an historic building just off Jackson Square, two terrific exhibits on Hurricane Katrina (first floor) and Mardi Gras (second floor). The Katrina exhibit does a great job combining history, science, politics, and personal stories to provide a sense of the magnitude of the storm, the devastation it wrought, and the determination of the people of NOLA in rebuilding their... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We visited the The Prebytere on the last full day of our trip and I'm really glad that we did. The Katrina portion of the museum was informative, fascinating, and extremely sad but it was a part of the city's history that I wanted to learn more about. They have some really great exhibits and heartbreaking stories and items from... More

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Goodyear, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I gave this museum a 3 out of 5 because it was small and wasn't what I was expecting. I had hoped for more of a focus on the history of the Presbytere and surrounding areas/buildings. The bottom floor is a detailed history of the hurricane Katrina and the second floor is Mardi Gras memorabilia from over the years. It... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This museum has two floors. The first has a Katrina exhibit and the second floor has mardi gras history. The Katrina portion was really enlightening, but it is also sad and not always for children. They had a great map that showed where all the levees failed and the city flooded. The Mardi gras floor was colorful and has some... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I went to visit The Presbytere while in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. It is a must see for any trip to New Orleans. One of the main attractions that the museum is known for is the Mardi Gras exhibit. They do not just have items from the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans but also of other cities... More

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