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The Presbytere

751 Chartres St., Jackson Sq., New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
504-568-6968
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Ranked #27 of 172 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 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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Des Moines, Iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I took our four children here to learn more about Katrina. The exhibit is great, and at times very moving. One room had exhibits that my kids could touch and play with. A little more of this would be nice to allow the adults more time to read. The upstairs is Mardi Gras and was neat. There are no touch... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our time at the Presbytere. It is located in the French Quarter and a great way to take a break from the crowds and heat, or bad weather. Definitely worth the price of admission.The exhibits include a well designed first floor about Hurricane Katrina, lots of videos never seen before, interviews with experts and people who survived the... More

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Baltimore, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful museum with a fantastic and touching Katrina exhibit. The ball and parade sections are pretty good as well. For a $6 admission, you definitely get your money's worth.

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Arizona
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13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We spent an hour or two appreciating the hurricane multimedia excellent display as well as the gorgeous costumes and finery related to Mardi Gras. I want that dress! After our separate walking tour that touched on the major events of Mardi Gras, it was fun to see the dress, invitations, and crowns etc.

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Ohio
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30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This museum has a nice overview of New Orleans and Louisiana history. The museum has interesting artifacts from Napoleon's death mask to a cotton gin. The museum is small and would probably only take an hour to pass through and the price is reasonable.

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Victoria, Canada
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163 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

There are only two main exhibits in this museum -- Mardi Gras and Katrina. The Mardi Gras section is fulsome and well organized, giving a great overview of what makes Mardi Gras tick -- but you'll want to double this up either with Mardi Gras World or an enthusiastic krewe member to make a fuller connection with the event. The... More

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The Hurricane Katrina exhibit was so moving! As we entered and saw Fats Domino's piano, I cried. Luckily, it was followed up with the excellent Mardi Gras exhibit, so the good times rolled once more. The Presbytere is a must see when visiting the French Quarter! They always have wonderful exhibits and it is a great way to cool off... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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36 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The Hurricane Katrina exhibition was really moving, they've handled it sensitively so that the whole family can learn more about the event. I easily spent nearly an hour walking round that area, wasn't mad about the mardi gras exhibition but it was good to see some of the costumes.

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Yonkers, New York
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Love the historical information about New Orleans and the culture of the town. It was nice to learn more about Mardi Gras.

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Danville, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This was a great review of the damage done by Katrina and the other hurricanes on New Orleans. It gave personal accounts of the aftermath as well as scientific explanation of what happened to the levees and other failures which resulted in such devastation. Also detailed what is being done to prevent another tragedy. The Mardi Gras exhibit was also... More

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