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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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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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visited the NOLA museum here

Wanted to kill some time before our cruise ship , so we wandered into the museum and was quite impress with the Mardi Gras displayed and history of Also a nice presentation of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Roxanne M
Huntington Beach, California

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wanted to kill some time before our cruise ship , so we wandered into the museum and was quite impress with the Mardi Gras displayed and history of Also a nice presentation of Hurricane Katrina and how NOLA people pull thru , to realize the devastation the people went thru Plus the upstairs bathrooms are a HOOT - behind portable... More 

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Caratunk, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was $6 and took about an hour and a half to tour through both exhibits. I learned a lot about different aspects of the city. Tour through the Katrina exhibit and relive some of the firsthand accounts of the New Orleans' residents. The resiliency of the city is captured in this well-done multimedia display. Then go upstairs to be... More 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The exhibit did a great job of walking you through the time line of events surrounding Hurricane Katrina - from the news footage to the personal accounts. It was somewhat draining emotionally however it was worth it to see what the city went through during that time. It took us under an hour to view. If you have the time,... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Two exhibits here. On the lower floor is an exhibit about Katrina. A bit depressing, but very well done and interesting. On the upper floor is Mardi Gras. Lots of history. Some dresses. Worth the admission price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a two level museum that currently hold two exhibits. The 1st floor exhibit covers Hurricane Katrina from many different perspectives, the art representation in the lobby is really nice. The second floor is the History of Mardi Gras. This is a small but well done display. This was a school field trip, and the students all enjoyed both... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has a second floor which gives the history of Mardi Gras with costumes which are very intricate and heavy! But, the best exhibit is the "Katrina and Beyond." I knew people in the area and so followed their journey thru the recovery but this exhibit lets you see the very personal side. There is a Coast Guard basket... More 

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Hurricane Katrina exhibit is riveting. Shocking. Compelling. In the midst of all the French Quarter offers in frivolity is this somber reminder of the failure of engineering and the failure of governments at all levels which combined to make this natural disaster into a mind-numbing manmade embarassment. The written materials and the still and video images combine to make... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cabildo on the other side of St. Louis Cathedral is more into early Louisiana history, this museum is about more modern events in New Orleans past. They have a moving Katrina exhibit showing how the big oil companies and the Federal Government set New Orleans to be overcome when a huge storm hit. But then the rest of the... More 

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

there are two museums, one on each side of the cathedral on jackson square. they are in old government building and have very good displays. this one gives you some idea of the conditions after hurricane katrina, on the first floor and then upstairs a great picture of mardi gras.

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Chesterland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Presbytere is located right next to the cathedral on Jackson Square in the middle of the French Quarter. So it's appropriate that they have turned it into a museum about the city's two most famous events since reconstruction, Mardi Gras and Katrina. Admission is reasonable - something like $6. The first floor is taken up by a large multi-media... More 

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A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.