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“The Real Deal”

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
Ranked #95 of 348 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: There's just enough voodoo lore here to introduce you to the history and culture of this spiritual practice and to tempt you to bring home a love potion or voodoo doll as a souvenir. Guided swamp, plantation and cemetery tours are available.
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“The Real Deal”
Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Want to learn about voodoo and it's origins? Check out Dr. John T.'s museum. It's small but informative and Dr. John is very friendly and willing to answer any questions. Not just another voodoo souvenir shop, this little museum and shop is legit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Review for museum only”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

I didn't do the tour, just visited the 'museum'.
All the comments in other reviews about it being small, dusty and jumbled are correct. There is some interesting stuff to see, particularly in the corridor area about the Voodoo Queen.
I had quite a long talk with the man that runs the place in the reception area and that proved to be far more interesting than the museum itself. He is happy to sit and chat about his status and the lesser known parts of Voodoo, 'magic' and alternative beliefs in general.
It is cheap to get into the museum and at the end of the day, you get what you pay for

Visited November 2013
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Brockton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Interesting introduction into the world of voodoo”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

The museum is small, maybe three rooms and there are lots of typed explanations and descriptions to read. However, there are lots of unique artifacts and altars that you will likely never see anywhere else. After visiting the museum, it made me curious enough to want to find out more about voodoo and hoodoo and the belief system. Worth a look and the $5 admission if you are even remotely curious about the subject.

Visited October 2013
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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Mediocre but Interesting”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

Not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this. Very small, very dusty. Explanations were pinned up pieces of paper. An explanation of the pennies would have been good. But I did learn some stuff....

Visited October 2013
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Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Don't miss the walking tour”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

The museum itself is small, only two rooms and a hallway. If you visit, be sure to attend the walking tour which costs 19.00 but totally worth it, because the museum by itself can be a little bit confusing. The tour is supposed to be a two hour visit, but it lasted almost 3 and a half hours, so it's a great value. The tour guide, Jerry Gandolfo, was very informative, presenting the history, facts and fiction concerning voodoo and other African religions. He treats the subject in a very serious, neutral and objective way without being boring. The tour includes a visit to a real Voodoo priestess who is definitely going to make you change your perception and stereotypes about the people who practice this religion. If you go to the museum or tour expecting hocus pocus stuff or seeing people sticking pins to a doll, this is not for you. But, if you are curious about voodoo history, rituals and the relationship between the religion and New Orleans, take the tour, you are not going to regret it.

Visited October 2013
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