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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 3 days ago

There is a lot of relics here. We went to two museums in that same area...make sure you check out the Catholic church!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Deborah K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Prepare to spend a few hours going from the horrific to the sublime. The first floor is dedicated to Hurricane Katrina, using multimedia to convey the events that led to the disaster, its ferocity, and how the people were ultimately affected by it. The second...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank victorialH8668FY
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ended up here when there was a torrential downpour. It was a nice place to kill some time while waiting for the rain to stop. There was an exhibit about Katrina and an exhibit about Mardi Gras. Both were informative and interesting.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank heatherwhea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum really only covers a little of Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. Not a place where it will take you much time to see.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jntyler88
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Presbytere had 2 wonderful exhibits. One was on Katrina and other Hurricanes. It did a great job of explaining what happened and really bringing home the human element of the disaster. The other exhibit was a wonderful and colorful Mardi-Gras exhibit

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Both science and history combine to give you a great perspective on these monster storms. You come away with a better understanding of how these storms happen and what is being done to prepare for them.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KJensen2014
Reviewed November 3, 2018

The Presbytere is a historic building adjacent to Jackson Square. I believe it cost $6 and kept us busy for about 1-2 hours (though we had to skim some sections). The first floor is an exhibit about Hurricane Katrina and on there second floor there...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David E
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

It’s amazing how far New Orleans has come since Hurricane Katrina. This historic building houses first an exhibit about the experiences Nola has been through with hurricanes, especially the immense tragedy of Katrina. That’s on the first floor. It brought back tears of remembrance and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DeeGeeJay
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Wasn’t expecting to see everything I did. First floor is about Katrina and second floor is all about Mardi Gras. Katrina exhibit really does put things into perspective. It was interesting and informative, you get the truth about how events happened and not what was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jojocoop
Reviewed October 28, 2018

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this museum. I can blow through most museums pretty quickly, but I really looked through the exhibits here. When I visited, the bottom floor exhibit was about Hurricane Katrina and the top floor about Mardi Gras. Both...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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!
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.
Lisa S
September 8, 2015|
Response from Marvin M | Property representative |
No, but the historic Cafe du Monde is just across Jackson Square
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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