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The Presbytere

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Address: 751 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: +1 504-568-6968
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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The Presbytere was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St....

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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See & feel the affects from Katrina, then stroll upstairs & dance to the sounds of Mardi Gras! These two exhibits are very, VERY well done! As in life, there's good & bad, happy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Maryville, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I tried to make the best out of it and even though is just $5 is a museum that needs more content. The second floor was not a good representation of Mardi Gras and the first floor doesn't depict all the real tragedy of Katrina.. it needs a lot more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

See & feel the affects from Katrina, then stroll upstairs & dance to the sounds of Mardi Gras! These two exhibits are very, VERY well done! As in life, there's good & bad, happy & sad! Upon arrival, I was taken back to my life in the midst of Katrina, as i walked up the stairs hearing The Mardi Gras... More 

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Denton, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting but of history on devastation cause by hurricanes notable Katrina as well as a history of Mardi Gras replete with costumes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Glad we finally made time to visit. Lots of historic things to see. Makes you stop and think, Easy to find and easier to get to.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

visit the Katrina museum to fully appreciate the plight of NOLA and what they experienced during this tragedy. it is a inexpensive visit and appropriate for all ages. you can spend 30 minutes or 3 hours but in either case due it justice. you will walk away with a new appreciation. Also, the top floor hosts Mardi Gras experience and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great museum, we all especially enjoyed the Hurricane Katrina exhibit. An airconditioned oasis away from the noise and crowds.

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Yardville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two floors with history an display on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. Staff friendly, AC'd, bathrooms, W/C accessible. Well done. This can keep the whole family involved. Several interactive displays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We greatly enjoyed learning more about Mardi Gras. The costumes and masks on display are amazing. The museum does an excellent job explaining the tradition and has so many artifacts. The exhibit on Hurricane Katrina was very moving. Don't miss this gem of a museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As of the date of this review, the Presbytere and the Cabildo are both undergoing much needed repairs on thier facades, but the Presbytere is still open for those who want to experience this nice little museum in the heart of the French Quarter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’ve only lived here for a year but it took 51 weeks until I found out about this museum. I really don’t know why it’s not higher up on the ‘to-do’ lists. It’s a great place to visit as a resident or a tourist. The ground floor exhibit focuses on storms and hurricanes that have hit the area, the reasons... More 

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French Quarter
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.