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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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Reviewed yesterday

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 6 days ago

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
Thank james k
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a beautiful spot to stroll, people watch and shop. The architecture is gorgeous. Grab a beignet and coffee and enjoy.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LongIslander49
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful Hurricane Katrina display. My teens really spent a lot of time looking at the displays and watching the media. There is also a great history of Mardi Gras activities, as well as favors, costumes, and jewelry. There was no crowd when we were there...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 919SuzanneS
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't want to leave New Orleans without spending some time learning more about Hurricane Katrina. What a resilient city New Orleans is to have come through the experiences with hurricanes that it has had!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kim M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For $6, this was a great stop - a mix of understanding more about Hurricane Katrina and the engineering of better levees (on the first floor) and the history and culture and costumes (beautiful costumes!) of Mardi Gras on the second.

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

This was such a fantastic museum, doing a great job to tell complete stories about two very important New Orleans topics. The Hurricane Katrina exhibit was incredibly well done, giving both a lot of information about the catastrophe, but also being incredibly moving and putting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lauren S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed this museum. Exhibits include Mardi Gras and a really thought provoking one on Hurricane Katrina. Worth the price for sure

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an interesting museum. We saw the Hurricane Katrina exhibit it was moving and the other Mardi Gras one. Enjoyed both exhibits. Although we almost got locked in the museum we didn't realize the time. I highly recommend it also see the Calibdo as...More

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

This museum has two main topics: (1) Hurricane Katrina and (2) Mardi Gras. Overall, the displays did not engage us. Perhaps we're not enthusiastic about the two topics of this museum. Hurricane Katrina was a disaster, but the museum overly dramatizes the urban planning failure...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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!
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
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