Old Ursuline Convent Museum

Old Ursuline Convent Museum

Old Ursuline Convent Museum
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The Old Ursuline Convent was erected in 1745 and occupied until 1824 by Ursuline nuns as a convent, orphanage and school for girls. This historic building is now home to a brilliant museum with both permanent and changing exhibits.
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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.
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  • mwhamburger
    Seattle, Washington830 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    the Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley.
    very interesting history that was fold us by a guide. She talked but didn't actually walk around with us - that we did on our own (which was a bit strange). The place is huge. Nuns lived here, it was also a school, an archbishop's residence and housed orphans, etc. Walking room to room you will encounter many displays and artifacts. Attached is also the St. Mary's church (completed 1845) which has the original pine and cypress ceiling. Impressive, the central entrance hall, is the original staircase from 1734 and a clock from 1727 that is still in working order.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 17, 2023
  • ockerman
    191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Convent Tour
    The Convent Tour is wonderfully informative and a peaceful break from the busy streets of the quarter. We were there about 45-50 minutes but you could spend more time if you like. If you are lucky the convent archivist, Sarah, is a great guide.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 17, 2024
  • David H
    San Antonio, Texas7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful convent & museum you shouldn't miss
    I had heard stories about this convent and finally took the museum tour this afternoon. The convent & museum are very beautiful, and our guide Sarah was very knowledgeable of early New Orleans history, the earliest church influence, and what a big part the Ursuline Nuns played in history. She answered all our questions and is a wealth of knowledge. The convent includes lots of incredible artifacts, including relics of saints dating back thousands of years. Very impressive. It's worth the time spent to visit.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2024
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Convent, dating to the early 1750s, is the oldest standing building in New Orleans and a great example of French Colonial architecture. There is a beautiful chapel and several small exhibits about the Catholic heritage of New Orleans. A great stop if you are interested in local church history.
Written February 16, 2020
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mlahm
Charlottesville, VA219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
If you are at all interested in NOLA history a visit to the Ursuline convent is an hour or so well spent. This history of the order in NOLA, the story of the mission and the building and grounds are a unique part of the city's story. Check the times of the partially guided tours, hours are limited.
Written November 8, 2022
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Allison G
Boston, MA130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A really nice museum. Beautiful gardens, statues, and stained glass. Loved learning about the history of New Orleans and how 80% of the city burned down and this museum was saved. So it's a great way to see one of the oldest buildings in the area. Only open for a few hours and tours are on the hour so make sure you plan ahead.
Written March 12, 2023
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David H
San Antonio, TX7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I had heard stories about this convent and finally took the museum tour this afternoon. The convent & museum are very beautiful, and our guide Sarah was very knowledgeable of early New Orleans history, the earliest church influence, and what a big part the Ursuline Nuns played in history. She answered all our questions and is a wealth of knowledge. The convent includes lots of incredible artifacts, including relics of saints dating back thousands of years. Very impressive. It's worth the time spent to visit.
Written June 3, 2024
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Fred N
Austin, TX213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Tours on the hour are guided by Ann, who is a retired teacher and historian with a sense of humor. The historical significance and preservation of this former convent, school, etc. deserves a visit. The church within it is gorgeous.
Written June 5, 2022
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mwhamburger
Seattle, WA830 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
very interesting history that was fold us by a guide. She talked but didn't actually walk around with us - that we did on our own (which was a bit strange). The place is huge. Nuns lived here, it was also a school, an archbishop's residence and housed orphans, etc. Walking room to room you will encounter many displays and artifacts. Attached is also the St. Mary's church (completed 1845) which has the original pine and cypress ceiling. Impressive, the central entrance hall, is the original staircase from 1734 and a clock from 1727 that is still in working order.
Written December 17, 2023
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John Speller
Dagenham, UK785 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We visited here by chance, having seen it mentioned outside the Cathedral. We arrived just in time for the 11 am talk, which was very good. The displays about the history of the convent, and indeed New Orleans, were excellent,as were the artifacts The gardens and Chapel are beautiful. A must visit. Be warned: you can only access the convent at three times, 9 am, 11 am or 1 pm. Check the website first

Written October 17, 2022
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ockerman
NWArkansas191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The Convent Tour is wonderfully informative and a peaceful break from the busy streets of the quarter. We were there about 45-50 minutes but you could spend more time if you like. If you are lucky the convent archivist, Sarah, is a great guide.
Written May 17, 2024
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Richard Guelph
Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We went on the 2nd day of our trip. Happy to have decided because it tells you all of NOLA's history. Not expensive. You are on your own to visit. The history of NOLA + the ursilines is well written on the walls. Nice artifacts also and clean toitlets.
Written April 30, 2020
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sonic1us
Overland Park, KS475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Very interesting grounds and history. My mom and I like this one. Something off the path. Bathrooms have a fireplace. They give a senior discount. They open the front doors on the hour. They give a short introduction and let you roam.
Written April 18, 2022
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