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Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum

Address: 813 Bienville St, On the second floor of Arnaud's restaurant, New Orleans, LA 70112 (French Quarter)
Phone Number: 504-523-5433
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Ranked #85 of 165 Attractions in New Orleans
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Find old Mardi Gras costumes and ball gowns dating back to the early 20th century.
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Find old Mardi Gras costumes and ball gowns dating back to the early 20th century.

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doodlepaula
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great budget friendly museum to cool off in and see what Mardi Gras is all about! This museum is combined with the Hurricane Katrina Museum on different floors. The Katrina portion was limited but loved the Mardi Gras area. Beautiful gowns and costumes to see.

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Bolingbrook, IL
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is the place they make the floats for Mardi Gras. They have many past floats on display. They also make floats for other events. It was very interesting to learn how the float were made. Our guide was great. Afterwards you could look around at the floats as long as you want. They also had costumes from both the... More 

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Bloomington, IL
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

A very small museum on the second floor of Arnaud's restaurant on Bienville. Showcases 10-15 elegant ball gowns worn by the Queens at 1950s Mardi Gras Balls. Free. To see the whole collection took only 15 minutes--enjoyed every minute!

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Columbia, Missouri
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72 reviews 72 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This place is worth the admission. It contains past floats and floats in progress. There are also displays of some of the beautiful costumes worn. The tour guides are great and you're allowed to wander about and take pictures after the tour. Even though the place was surrounded by empty parking lots, you can't park near it with paying for... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

To understand a little more about Mardi Gras history, visit this museum - dozens of intricately beaded gowns from the woman who has been Queen of more parades than anyone else

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Los Angeles, California
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165 reviews 165 reviews
82 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Happened to be dining at Arnaud's - great food - and during my conversation with my waiter about the history of the restaurant, he offered to take me up to see this baby museum...it is free, but you have to know to ask about it...it is very fast to walk through, but fascinating; the daughter of the owner was a... More 

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Lemont, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is a free exhibit area above the restaurant. So, you need to go up a flight of stairs. The area has some lovely costumes and is nice to see. However the lighting is a bit dim, and the museum smells musty. This is worth seeing though, and doesn' take alot of time. It's a nice stop while walking around... More 

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

I would hesitate to call this a "museum." It's more like a showcase of vintage Mardi Gras gowns and costumes. Located upstairs from Arnaud's, this showcase can be difficult to find if you do not know where you're going. We had to ask a waiter to help us find it. You have to walk up the stairs, past all of... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

This really was interesting. You found out all of the background of Mardi Gras and how it got started here in New Orleans. The Costumes are beautiful. It was fun to see what the old "throws" were like.

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Washington, DC
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

While in New Orleans, you will probably see a lot of advertisements for the rather pricy Mardi Gras World, which is a warehouse of parade floats out near the port. Which is a shame, because upstairs in Arnaud's restaurant in the French Quarter is a small, free museum of Ms. Well's costumes from about 30 years of Queen of the... More 

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