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The Presbytere

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Address: 751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
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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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Being from the UK there's only so much we know about what happened when Katrina hit. How on earth did they cope? We came away knowing so much more than we did when we started... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 15, 2016
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Being from the UK there's only so much we know about what happened when Katrina hit. How on earth did they cope? We came away knowing so much more than we did when we started. Can be quite upsetting, some people lost everything. After the Katrina floor you can go to the 2nd floor to see the Mardi Gras exhibit.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

This small Museum just in front of Jackson Sqaure is worth a visit. The first floor is dedicated to Hurricane's Katrina and the Second floor relates the history of Mardi Gras.

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Danli, Honduras
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

We wanted somewhere where we could learn more about Katrina and it's effect on New Orleans, but we weren't sure the Katrina tours were the most tasteful way to do this. This was a really great option because it covers all the bases: artifacts, real stories recorded, media/news coverage clips, and a scientific look at why it happened the way... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Great to add to the Cabildo tour. Two main attractions now; Mardi Gras history (fascinating look past and present) and a most moving look at the impacts of Katrina on the north gulf coast. Very well done.

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Port Lavaca, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

This is part of the Louisiana State Museum. The ground floor is all about Hurricane Katrina. It is very well done. It really captures the drama and human The second floor is all about the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is also well done, but without the multi-media displays.

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Darien, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

We were glad we visited here. It was under construction but still open and we were looking to kill some time. Such great insight into what NOLA went through with Hurricane Katrina. Very well done and we learned a lot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

A very sobering experience to hear the details from the survivors of Katrina and how the spirit of perseverance helped this city come back from such a disaster.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

At only $6 this is the most value for money museum I've ever been to! Great informative ground floor which covers Katrina in masses of detail, with some very moving accounts of what happened to new Orleans residents. If you want any info on this tragedy then this is the museum for you. The second floor has a comprehensive exhibit... More 

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

Get a 20% discount for admission with the Cabildo. Interesting history of hurricanes especially Katrina. Mardi Gras exhibits upstairs are very informative. Quality versus quantity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

One shouldn't leave NOLA without understanding the impact of Katrina - half of this museum is dedicated to the cause and impact of the hurricane - one leaves with an in-depth understanding of the size of the event and its lasting effect on the city. The other half is an in-depth display of the carnival - the clothes/costumes are amazing... More 

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