The Presbytere

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The Presbytere
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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About
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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Neighborhood: 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 Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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Basspohl
Lansing, MI51 contributions
Family
My family of four, including two young adults, visited on an afternoon. Full admission is $7, and there are various discounts available based on age etc. It took us approximately two hours to see the two exhibits on two floors: Hurricane Katrina, and Mardi Gras. There were excellent depictions of how the levee breaches occurred, failure to prepare, rescues, etc, and many many Mardi Gras costumes and stories of how different societies celebrate it. Informational and entertaining.
Written April 27, 2022
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Basspohl
Lansing, MI51 contributions
Family
My family of four, including two young adults, visited on an afternoon. Full admission is $7, and there are various discounts available based on age etc. It took us approximately two hours to see the two exhibits on two floors: Hurricane Katrina, and Mardi Gras. There were excellent depictions of how the levee breaches occurred, failure to prepare, rescues, etc, and many many Mardi Gras costumes and stories of different societies which celebrate it. Informational and entertaining.
Written May 12, 2021
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,712 contributions
Presbytere is a Louisiana State Museum to the right of the Cathedral. NARM membership gets one in free. The first floor is the place to learn about and, to a certain extent, experience Katrina and other hurricanes that ravaged the area. It also has an entire second floor dedicated to Mardi Gras from history, costumes, and related aspects of the fun-filled frolicking time. Very good museum.
Written February 23, 2022
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StephanieEasternNC
Emerald Isle, NC74 contributions
We decided to come to this museum following a recommendation from a tour guide. The first floor is dedicated to Katrina, and is fascinating and moving all at the same time. The exhibit is detailed and provides a time line of events which I found fascinating. The second floor is dedicated to all things Mardi Gras. There is even an exhibit where you can feel what it would be like to ride on a float in a mardi gras parade.

The costumes are tremendous. For the low cost of this museum, it is well worth the money and if you have an hour or two, well worth the time.
Written March 13, 2020
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Jay W
Beaver Dam, WI219 contributions
This museum teaches you a lot. When you walk into the historic building's lobby you see a piano that was wrecked in the hurricane. After you pay for a ticket you can walk through the halls and see journal writings, spray-painted artifacts and videos of people in the hurricane and the damage it did. Then you take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor and see Mardi Gras floats, masks, dresses, and more. It is such a great experience for all ages snd is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area!
Written March 12, 2021
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monticellotraveler
Cedar Rapids, IA59 contributions
Family
Looking for an indoor activity, we went to this museum on a tip from another tour guide and we were not disappointed. In fact, we loved it and would highly recommend. The exhibits we saw were on Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras and were well done. The Katrina exhibit was equal parts breathtaking and heartbreaking. The Mardi Gras exhibit helped us understand a little more about this historical, cultural tradition and see beyond the stereotypes of Mardi Gras.
The bonus is that there are great views overlooking Jackson Square from inside the building, which make for great photo ops.
Written June 22, 2021
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hgon76
Acushnet, MA120 contributions
Friends
This is a great little museum in Jackson Square that is half dedicated to Mardi Gras & the other half Hurricane Katrina. It was only $7 for admission & well worth it if you just want to see a little Mardi Gras history but don’t want to spend $20 at the other museums. I also really enjoyed the section dedicated to Hurricane Katrina.
Written January 8, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and for leaving a review! We hope you visit us at the Cabildo next time you are in Jackson Square (the opposite side of the Cathedral). We have more changing exhibitions there including "We Love You, New Orleans", a tricentennial celebration of all the things we love about this great city!
Written January 9, 2020
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wihunt
Forney, TX35 contributions
Couples
This is a a companion museum to the cabildo. It charges a separate entrance fee, but if you purchase a ticket to the Cabildo, there is a discount. Be sure to purchase them at the same time. The first floor contains exhibits about Katrina and the horrors it inflicted on the resident. The second floor consists of exhibits about Mardi Gras. I you want to know the history of Mardi Gras and it’s varying traditions, this is the place to come.
Written January 4, 2022
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princebjb2016
Princeton, NJ29 contributions
The Presbytere is the best of the various museums featuring Mardi Gras. The selection of costumes and the information on its history and balls are top notch. Also visited Mardi Gras World which is interesting for its collection of floats and being able to see floats being made but it lacks the history that the Presbytere presents. The Katrina exhibit in the Presbytere is also very powerful and moving.
Written February 16, 2022
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Liz S
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Friends
My BFF and I visited this museum on our road trip. This is the 2nd time I have visited this museum. I still maintain this as one of my favorite museums in the French Quarter. I enjoyed learning about the history of such a powerful city. I was saddened by the Hurricane Katrina information but grateful to hear and see the truth told by the city. I absolutely adored all of the Mardi Gras costumes and jewelry.
If you can stomach the smell of the city, and the hundreds of homeless, this would be a great sight to see.
Written May 30, 2022
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