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“Interesting look into the past” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Louisiana State Museum (The 1850 House)

Louisiana State Museum (The 1850 House)
523 St Ann Street, Lower Pontalba Building, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)
+1 504-568-6968
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Ranked #51 of 286 things to do in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: Few places offer the chance to experience the lifestyle of our ancestors of more than 150 years ago. The 1850 House is one of these rare places, offering a glimpse of middle- and upper-class life in antebellum New Orleans, the most prosperous period in the city's history. This furnished rowhouse in the Lower Pontalba Building, represents a mid-19th century home. Visitors encounter the stories of the Baroness Pontalba, the woman who constructed the building and the people who lived here in the 1850s.
Calgary, Canada
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“Interesting look into the past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The 1850 house is 3 stories of a typical middle class house in the most prosperous time in New Orleans’ history. It is a very tall and narrow house with lots of stairs both inside and out. It is filled with period furnishings and art pieces, very well preserved and quite beautiful. You also got a glimpse of the slaves quarters and the courtyard. It took us about half an hour to wander through the house. Did I mention that there are lots of rather steep stairs? I don’t know how much this museum would have been on its own, as we got a discount for buying tickets to a set of three museums – Cabildo, Presbytere, and the 1850 House. All are within walking distance of each other, around Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter.

Visited July 2012
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Anderson,SC
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“NIce look into the past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Rather short tour but only 2.40 (if you do all 3 LA State Museum Tours you get 20% off each tour). Interesting look into the past. House obviously dates back to 1850 and furshings are from that time. Neat house. Would recommend for all ages.

Visited November 2012
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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nothing to write home about”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Nothing spectacular to be seen here but for $3.00, it was OK. We definitely wouldn't have paid more. Very small limited self guided tour.

Visited October 2012
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Historic Pontalba Apartment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

See what it was like to live in the 1850s New Orleans. One of the earliest apartment homes (Townhouse) style in the USA. The house if filled with period antiques made by local furniture makers. A true glimpse into the past. One can buy a pass to this museum or a ticket to go to the other Louisiana State Museum located just across Jackson Square. One is the building where the LA Purchase was signed and the other is now home of the Mardi Gras Museum.

Visited March 2012
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We accidentally stumbled upon this boy were we glad we did! An entire floor dedicated to Hurricane Katrina filled with displays, personal stories, footage etc I could have stayed there all day. The display on Katrina was just amazing, they did such a great job. Upstairs was a floor dedicated to the Mardi Gras history and such, and that too was really well put together, but for me, the stand out was the Katrina display. It's one thing to see it on the news, but to see it displayed this way, up close, really hit home on what the good people of New Orleans went through when Hurricane Katrina hit. Just heart breaking.

Visited September 2012
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