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The Presbytere

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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...more
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751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was an impulse place to see. And am glad we went here! I’m from the Midwest & was very much aware of Hurricane Katrina. But to actually see the Hurricane Katrina exhibit really brought home the destruction & devastation New Orleans went through. And...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TerryBonJovi
Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to The Presbytere is recommended and worthwhile for at least three reasons. (1) Built in 1791, it is an architecturally important building in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It stands facing Jackson Square, adjacent to the St. Louis Cathedral and was built...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hubs and I had lunch near Jackson Square and walked around afterwards. We realized that we were near The Presbytere and decided to go in. There were two exhibits: first floor was dedicated to Hurricane Katrina. Quite interesting, though I’m glad we saw the Ninth...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SusanG390
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very glad that we stopped. The 1st floor had a very well explained and graphic display about Katrina and the 2nd floor had an equally well done exhibit about the history of Mardi Gras & the krewes. This is a good must see...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Susan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a quick walk through the Presbytere. It’s very pretty and the organs sounded great. A nice change from the sights and sounds found outside.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kmk225
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating and excellent exhibit about Hurricane Katrina. Covered the personal stories as well as the environmental, engineering and planning aspects that contributed to the disaster. The Mardi Gras exhibit was also very educational for me, as I know little about the history and traditions of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank skiumah1993
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While not a large collection ,this historic building hosts a wonderful variety of items that celebrate the history of the city .The exhibits on hurricanes and Mardi Gras are informative and worthwhile

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jmalc0m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the "intellectual" sights in the French Quarter. When we were there they had an excellent "hurricane" exhibit largely focused on Katrina and Rita. There was both scientific and experiential information. For those of us from "afar" who only followed these hurricanes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Susan P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I thought we would see a little more history but current exsibit is Katrina. Upstairs we did get to see costumes and other Mardi Gras items.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Julie G
Reviewed January 10, 2019

This small museum is right on Jackson Square. It had 2 exhibits; one on Hurrican Katriannd one on the history of Mardi Gras. The Katrina was very interesting. Didn ot know there were so many levees that were breached. No wonder the town flooded. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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
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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!
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.
Lisa S
September 8, 2015|
Response from Marvin M | Property representative |
No, but the historic Cafe du Monde is just across Jackson Square
Travel Forum Posts
Day 3 (18 Replies)
Sorry for the delayed TR's. Work has taken all my time since we got back...so exhausted from work, I just fall into bed and get up to do it again the next day. Full moon/empty head syndrome...if you work in a hospital, you know what I mean. Anyway, we slept in late, and then lazed on the balcony with our Verti Marte goodies. BTW, we may possibly be the sorriest sources for TR's ever...we live an eight-hour drive away and visit 2-3 times a year, so we rarely have an "agenda"...total...More
June 18, 2011|
Response fromDeny777|
Cerelife--What a wonderful trip report! Hopefully those couples got a better impression of New Orleans once they finally spent some quality time there. Those little piggies sound so cute! Where abouts in the Mall is this shop located? I'm not crazy about the mall either, but there is a shop there that sells plastic/metallic street signs and the guy who works there is SOOOOOO nice. I can't wait to go back and get more street signs! I loved reading your report...just beautiful wandering the...More
Marlton, New Jersey
Trip Report 12/28-31/08-Part 2 (4 Replies)
I had to start a new post because I was afraid of losing my info and having to start all over. The next day we saw the Garden District which had some beautiful antebellum homes. I saw Lafayette Cemetary which was interesting. I went to the Presbytere Museum and thought that the exhibits were thorough and interesting. I then ate at Johnny Po Boys. The service was good and they were accommodating. Po Boys are similar to the hoagies that we have in Jersey, but a little different. I then went on...More
January 06, 2009|
Response fromporelly|
Wow! That's what I call a jam packed trip, even staying at different hotels, I'm impressed!! I'm glad you had a good time.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Katrina & Beyond Exhibit at The Presbytere (12 Replies)
Hello everyone, we had planned to allot some time to the Katrina exhibit in June. I haven't noticed a whole lot of chat here about it. Has anyone been to see this? If so, would you recommend it? How much time should we expect to spend there?
March 18, 2012|
Response fromHedwig|
The exhibit is excellent, and I highly recommend seeing it. I don't usually spend time in New Orleans going to museums but this was extremely well done and personally moving. There are a lot of first hand accounts of what people went through, and the technology that was used in the exhibit made you feel like you were actually part of this horrible tragedy. I also recommend seeing Hurricane on the Bayou if still playing at the IMAX theatre. It is also excellent and I ended up buying the...More