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The Presbytere

751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
+1 504-568-6968
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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 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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751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
French Quarter
+1 504-568-6968
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited The Presbytere recently without realizing that it is not that small. So, I was consumed so much by the exhibit on Katrina and spent much time there, ending up not having enough time for the Mardi Gras exhibit. Katrina exhibit is excellent....More

Thank vladimir70
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As with the Cabildo State Museum, on the other side of St Louis Cathedral, I first visited the Presbytère in the 1950's. Back then it (actually neither it, nor the Cabildo) did not have air conditioning, so the heat was one of my strongest memories...More

Thank The_Loup_Garou
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The leaflets and on-line info looks great and this is right in the centre of New Orleans. However it was closed when we were then, just when you think it would be open - surely the minor building work could have been undertaken off season....More

Thank DaveThomasLeicester
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were glad we visited the Presbytere. The Katrina exhibit was on the first floor. The exhibit was sad but very informative. There were artifacts, news stories and real life accounts of the events before, during and after the storm. The exhibit explained how/why the...More

Thank Roseann S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has an entire section on the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Really gave one a sense of what it must have been like to be in the city during this tragic event.

Thank cjpenguin
Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

If you face the front gate of St. Louis Cathedral, The Presbytere is the building on the right devoted to Mardi Gras. You will learn a lot about the carnival in a sanitised version rather than the "tits for beads" chants ...

Thank Warren H
Reviewed June 15, 2017

This is one of the Louisiana State Museums. It is very well curated and has 2 floors with different themes. The first floor was on Hurricane Katrina and was very comprehensive in scope: from the scientific underpinings of this disaster ( with interactive displays) to...More

Thank Susan B
Reviewed June 14, 2017

A very moving exhibit on Katrina takes up the ground floor and a Mardis Gras exhibit is on the second floor. One very sad and moving, the other balances it out.

Thank sjandrews
Reviewed June 13, 2017

I found the museum on Katrina very moving. Make sure you watch all the videos in the room that has the monitors. They play one at a time. The upstairs had costumes from Mardi Gras. Enjoyed that as well. Make sure you see the hallway...More

Thank thetravelingsister
Reviewed June 4, 2017

For the content that it had, it should have been free...boring and not very entertaining....they said it would take 2 hours to see but went through it pretty quickly.

Thank guerguens n
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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.
September 8, 2015|
Response from Marvin M | Property representative |
No, but the historic Cafe du Monde is just across Jackson Square