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The Presbytere

751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
+1 504-568-6968
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The Presbytere was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. It stands today as a beautiful reminder of both Louisiana's singular past and its vibrant present.The Presbytere, originally called Casa Curial or "Ecclesiastical House," was built on the site of the residence, or presbytere, of the Capuchin monks. The building was used for commercial purposes until 1834 when it became a courthouse. In 1911, it became part of the Louisiana State Museum. Two exhibitions are on display-"Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond" tells of rescue, rebuilding and renewal, and "Mardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana" captures the fun and fantasy of the annual celebration.
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  • Average7%
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751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
French Quarter
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We added this on when visiting the Jazz Museum due to the discount, and are glad we did. We started with the Katrina exhibit which truly showed the devastation and resounding spirit of the people who rose above it. The Mardi Gras exhibit was a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A friendly staff offers us two brilliant exhibitions. One about hurricanes and one about the feast of Carnival/Mardi Gras.The first one was gripping in its presentation, the second one gave me a thorough view of how Mardi Gras came about.

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LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago
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Glad you enjoyed!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great exhibit about hurricane Katrina and how it effected the city and its people. I loved how it showed how the city and country pulled together to get back up on its feet. There was a video at the end of the...More

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LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So very happy that you enjoyed our exhibitions! Thank you for the feedback!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the museum during a recent stay in NOLA. It was quite interesting. The entire first floor represents the destruction and rebuilding after Katrina. Some of the displays were quite chilling. The people of NOLA went through so much and have come back stronger...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two major influences in New Orleans and south-Louisiana life are represented in this wonderful museum: The 1st floor is about hurricanes, with special emphasis on Katrina. The 2nd floor is about Mardi Gras. We spent about 2 hours here & loved every minute. The Katrina...More

Thank Susan K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed this museum. The first floor is devoted to hurricanes through history, with an emphasis on Katrina and Rita. The second floor is the history of Mardi Gras, including costumes and items from the earliest Mardi Gras through present. I was only able to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this museum on our last day in town when we had about two hours bedore we had to head for the airport. Admission was a bargain at $6 each. The Katrina exhibit was very powerful, lots of video and artifacts from the event....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good museum. Easy to get around, 2 floors. First floor is an incredible exhibition on Hurricane Katrina. Some interactive devices give you an excellent overview from the forecast to the aftermath. The 2nd floor is dedicated to Mardi Gras. Costumes, parades, balls, food are...More

Thank Rob K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two very well done exhibitions that are an odd mix. Both exhibits are wonderfully done and highly engrossing. The price is very cheap in my opinio.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The first floor is devoted to hurricanes, mostly Katrina although Rita and others are described to a lesser extent. With a combination of videos, news items, and photographs, Katrina's devastation was described clearly. Additionally, attention was paid to prevention of further hurricane damage. The second...More

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Cat T
September 10, 2016|
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Response from Karyn G | Reviewed this property |
Two hours is enough time to give everything a look at. But don't rush it, you might miss something!
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Sally S
August 3, 2016|
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Response from Dan R | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is. The sidewalks in the Quarter can be challenging for wheelchairs but Jackson Square is easily accessible.
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Lisa S
September 8, 2015|
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Response from Marvin M | Property representative |
No, but the historic Cafe du Monde is just across Jackson Square
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