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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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751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
French Quarter
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lower floor had a really good exhibit on Hurricane Katrina (and hurricanes and storm preparedness in general), while upper floor had a good exhibit on Mardi Gras societies, costumes, and balls with interesting notes about their cultural context.

Thank Emily M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They currently have 2 interesting exchibits--one on Hurricane Katrina and the other on Mardi Gras. Both are worth the entrance fee and take only an hour or two. We also received a senior discount and a discount for purchasing tickets for more than one museum.More

Thank MonroeLouisiana
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LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for the review! If you haven't had a chance to check out the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana Museum, this one is also within the Louisiana State Museum system and is the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having done Mardi Gras World (about the floats), this was an excellent follow up being more about the balls and the costumes. Fabulous exhibits.

Thank riverMelbourne
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the church for mass and happened into this museum. It’s worth the six bucks. Do it. Has restrooms too.

Thank Chris W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great way to get out of the heat and learn about Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras- New Orleans has quite the history. The exhibits were engaging, easy to read, and very informative.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went there with my husband and, honestly, neither of us was impressed or blown away. What irked me especially is that they give a military discount on the entrance fee...but only for active duty military, not veterans. I can't say I'm impressed by an...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to this museum to get inside for a bit on a hot day. There are just so many great things to do in New Orleans that you don't need to waste your time with this boring museum.

Thank Aimee K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely place to go to if you have little children as there are many activities for them on weekends.

Thank DayaFamily
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful and important part of Jackson square, the building originally housed the priests for the church. It later became a court house and now a museum. Great place to learn about Katrina and Mardi Gras

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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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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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