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The Presbytere

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Address: 751 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA
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+1 504-568-6968
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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The Presbytere was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St....

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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Another "must see" in New Orleans. Great photos of Mardi Gras over the years and the history of Krewes. Affordable and interesting.

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Another "must see" in New Orleans. Great photos of Mardi Gras over the years and the history of Krewes. Affordable and interesting.

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The exhibit on Katrina was amazing. It shows how devastating and chaotic this time was and what those people had to endure. It was an emotional experience. The courage, strength and resolve of the residents is truly miraculous. They continue to work to bring their city back from disaster and distruction.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were sent here by a bus driver. Otherwise we would never had gone. It was a terrific study of Katrina and of Mardis gras that keeps people of NOLA smiling.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to New Orleans dozens of times and somehow never got to this museum. I had walked by it so many times not realizing what was inside. The bottom floor had an incredible exhibit of Hurricane Katrina, starting from the evacuation orders to the storm itself to the aftermath and even showing interesting engineering displays concerning the levee breaks.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we visited, the Presbytere had a moving and fascinating exhibit on Katrina, which I can't recommend enough. It was put together with clarity, sensitivity, and emotion, and we learned more about the storm, the manmade aspects of the disaster, the tragically weak response, and the human toll than we had from any other source. Really a model exhibition. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was super-amazed by the lower floor exhibit on Hurricane Katrina (and Rita). The only glanced the upper floor exhibit on Mardi Gras, but I wasn't particularly interested in it. Highly recommend a visit to this museum for both scientific and socio-cultural perspectives.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic Katrina Exhibit in this beautiful building on Jackson Square. If you have kids/teens - great explanation of recent history of the city. Also a good Mardi Gras exhibit upstairs - not just New Orleans but also how it is celebrated in other parts of the state. Worth an hour or two here.

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A museum dedicated to New Orleans history. The Katrina exhibit on the first floor is great. The Description of the natural disaster exasperated by poor planning, lack of infrastructure, and ineffective response is informative and moving. You wonder how well the city is prepared for the next hurricane which will undoubtedly hit again at some point in the future. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours wandering around both the Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras exhibits. Gave us a great insight into what makes New Orleans so special! Great value for money too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum to get an idea of how hurricane Katrina impacted the New Orleans and another great way to get a feel for Mardi Gras. Very manageable museum. The kids loved it.

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