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The life of Germaine Wells

I have been here more times than I can count but certainly every time I eat at Arnaud’s since the... read more

Reviewed March 18, 2019
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Really something!

We were invited up here to take a look around and we were astounded. First of all, Germaine Wells... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Find old Mardi Gras costumes and ball gowns dating back to the early 20th century.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
813 Bienville St, On the second floor of Arnaud's restaurant, New Orleans, LA 70112-3121
French Quarter
+1 504-523-5433
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Reviewed March 18, 2019 via mobile

I have been here more times than I can count but certainly every time I eat at Arnaud’s since the museum is upstairs. I met Germaine when I was in my teens working in the Quarter and regularly ate lunch with her. She was heavily...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NegrilAnnie
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We were invited up here to take a look around and we were astounded. First of all, Germaine Wells was quite a woman! The collection of Mardi Gras dresses and hats was just amazing. Photos don't do them justice. To see the dresses up close...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Delphine384
Reviewed July 18, 2018

Although labeled a museum, this would be more properly called a gallery or, from a certain perspective: a shrine--and I mean that without the slightest degree of sarcasm. You access the Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum via the main entrance of Arnaud's, the NOLA restaurant...More

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank NewYorkTom77
Reviewed August 29, 2017

Germaine wells has the distinction of being Mardi gras queen more than anyone else. She also started a parade for easter. I think its fun to see the costumes she wore, and its kind of weird and creepy too. I think her spirit is wandering...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Cynthia S
Reviewed June 11, 2017

If you've missed the Mardi Gras parades, fear not: a visit to this wonderful, but small, museum will put you right back such that you'll think you had been there. Many of the original costumes are on display, showcasing the brilliant and intricate sewing work...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Stephen D
Reviewed March 30, 2017

I was in New Orleans and always interested in Mardi Gras and this place has a wealth of historical data that I was overwhelmed by its gowns and crowns of Kings and Queens and how everyone in the old days took it all so seriously....More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank pollytalknyc
Reviewed March 22, 2017

Its always great to get a taste of history and this was just that an informative quick inexpensive taste. Enjoyed!

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank jourdanl2017
Reviewed November 29, 2016

I really enjoyed the hour tour. New Orleans is rich in history and this is one of those places. It is a short one hour tour of the history of Mardi Gras and the makings of the costumes and floats. It would be a shame...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Juls822013
Reviewed October 22, 2016

By far very interesting. Amazing movie dress up and photographs of the way they make floats. This was the best thing I saw in Nola.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank paws0810
Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

I was disappointed to learn the museum was closed for renovation. There was no indication it was closed on Arnaud's website highlighting the museum. I specifically went to the restaurant to see the museum. They really should update their website to say so. The whole...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Leslie B
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December 22, 2016|
Response from Leslie B | Reviewed this property |
"Viewing of the priceless collection and memorabilia is free to the public during restaurant hours seven days a week." But I would double check to make sure they're done with their renovations first. It wasn't open when we... More