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Old Ursuline Convent

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Address: 1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA 70116-2505
Phone Number: 504-529-3040
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous Sisters...

Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous Sisters of Ursula, among the female pioneers of New Orleans.

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Quick tour of a convent that hasn't been a convent for a long time

Went to see this since my Mom always talks about the Ursuline Nuns that taught her in St Louis. However, that isn't what I found. It just opened its exhibit (VERY interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
cathy h
Mandeville, Louisiana
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Mandeville, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see this since my Mom always talks about the Ursuline Nuns that taught her in St Louis. However, that isn't what I found. It just opened its exhibit (VERY interesting history) of Mother Henrietta Delille and the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Per National Parks Service, “This is the finest surviving example of French Colonial public architecture in the... More 

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Livingston, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wedding at St Mary's Catholic Church on the convent grounds. They have the convent secluded so you can not go in unless you are taking the tour or the wedding party has rented the venue for the reception. This was a great location for the reception and it was great to be in around the convent grounds.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I never thought touring a nunnery could be fun, but Old Ursuline is both fun and interesting if you're a history buff. This is the main archice of the local Catholic Archdioces. It's filled with all sorts of historical stuff from the very early days of New Orleans. Quite possibly the best museum in New Orleans.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attempted to visit it inside but only managed to do it from outside as there was a note saying the place is closed under November. Apparently they have a 500 years old Nurnberg bible which I would have liked to see. Gorgeous building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The literature and tour were very informative and interesting. St Mary Church inside the convent was absolutely breathtaking. It was like stepping into the past! So glad I did the tour.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The oldest building in New Orleans and the adjacent Chapel was a real surprise and a highlight of our trip! Knowledgeable volunteer docents showed real pride in the building and its history. The museum has an historical exhibit as well as rotating exhibits - we saw one on religious who are canonized already or on the path to sainthood and... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a fascinating place and the tour of the interior was informative. They have a staircase dating back to the early 1700 made of Cypress and an interactive exhibit on the history of the order.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

I was taken by this old convent a couple of times on different tours (a tour of the French Quarter and a night ghost tour). If you like this sort of things then this is for you, but I have seen much more interesting churches etc with more interesting history and for the money I didn't think it was worth... More 

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Brentwood, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Great slices of history of the role of the Catholic Church and the nuns in New Orleans , very pretty church, great knowlgeable guide

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

We enjoy looking at historical building and churches. We enjoyed the self guided tour of this convent. There was also someone who came around and provided a lot of other information and history. We enjoyed learning about the nuns and their work.

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