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The Presbytere

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Address: 751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
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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Mardi Gras and Katrina Together

A unique museum combining a look at the terrible effects of Katrina in 2005, a huge tragedy for New Orleans, and also a fascinating exhibit about the city's love of life as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Santa Rosa, California
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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A unique museum combining a look at the terrible effects of Katrina in 2005, a huge tragedy for New Orleans, and also a fascinating exhibit about the city's love of life as celebrated by the annual Mardi Gras. Shows how New Orleans has two sides but always comes out on top!

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a rather informative gallery museum all about the hurricane Katrina and Rita which followed a few weeks afterwards. Fantastic exhibits telling the build up,during and aftermath of both hurricanes. Only $6 and you get to see the hurricane exhibition downstairs and all about Mardi-gras upstairs.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This old church is now a State Museum. It next to the historic St Louis Church and is 200+ years old. I did not go inside.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Right in the midst of all the sin is this beauty and in full operation. It is gorgeous inside and out...

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has a great exhibit - still in development, but well developed already - on Hurricane Katrina and it's physical and social impact on New Orleans. I consider this museum a must see in a trip to New Orleans - up there with the WWII museum. the exhibits are engaging enough to keep most kids interested.

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Columbus, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The lower floor has very well-done history of Hurricane Katrina's effects on New Orleans, along with an interesting exhibit about the reasons the hurricane was so devastating and how humans have affected the water flow of the Mississippi and what this is doing to the area. The upstairs exhibit about Mardi Gras was less interesting to us but has numerous... More 

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

On display during my time here was a history of hurricanes in New Orleans, with special attention paid to Katrina. This is well worth the visit if for no other reason than the free a/c.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place was covered in scaffolding so many would have assumed the place was closed. We arrived hot from trying to find this place and came across a very tiny and rather rude receptionist who told us about the things to see inside over her shoulder - such a bad attitude!!!! The ground floor is dedicated to Katrina and series... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Old museum which currently houses a mediocre Katrina exhibit on one floor and a much better Mardi Gras exhibit on the 2nd floor.

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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Presbytere housed museum displays about Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras. The Mardi Gras exhibits provide a nice overview of the history of the event as well as great costume displays. The Katrina part is sobering, vividly showing the disruption an d destruction in the city. The $5.00 admission charge might have been the 'best buy' in NOLA.

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