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“Nothing to write home about”
Review of 1850 House

1850 House
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$27.00*
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Guided Historical French Quarter Walking Tour
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Ranked #56 of 378 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: Few places offer the chance to experience the lifestyle of our ancestors of more than 150 years ago. The 1850 House is one of these rare places, offering a glimpse of middle- and upper-class life in antebellum New Orleans, the most prosperous period in the city's history. This furnished rowhouse in the Lower Pontalba Building, represents a mid-19th century home. Visitors encounter the stories of the Baroness Pontalba, the woman who constructed the building and the people who lived here in the 1850s.
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Nothing spectacular to be seen here but for $3.00, it was OK. We definitely wouldn't have paid more. Very small limited self guided tour.

Thank Dan R
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

See what it was like to live in the 1850s New Orleans. One of the earliest apartment homes (Townhouse) style in the USA. The house if filled with period antiques made by local furniture makers. A true glimpse into the past. One can buy a pass to this museum or a ticket to go to the other Louisiana State Museum located just across Jackson Square. One is the building where the LA Purchase was signed and the other is now home of the Mardi Gras Museum.

Thank Andrew D
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We accidentally stumbled upon this boy were we glad we did! An entire floor dedicated to Hurricane Katrina filled with displays, personal stories, footage etc I could have stayed there all day. The display on Katrina was just amazing, they did such a great job. Upstairs was a floor dedicated to the Mardi Gras history and such, and that too was really well put together, but for me, the stand out was the Katrina display. It's one thing to see it on the news, but to see it displayed this way, up close, really hit home on what the good people of New Orleans went through when Hurricane Katrina hit. Just heart breaking.

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

right in french quater and less than two hours you can see it all which makes it very easy. We enjoyed the mostly hurricane Katrina displays and videos, and didn't spend much time in the mardi gras exhibit.

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

There are two buildings that form this museum, the Cabildo and the Presbytere. Be sure to see both - each holds different exhibits and both are worth your time. The Cabildo exhibit focuses on the history of Louisiana, from the time when Native Americans held the land to the end of the Civil War. The exhibits include paintings, artifacts, audio and video narratives, and some unusual items such as one of the original Napoleon death masks. The Presbytere is split into two exhibits, one focusing on Louisiana's history of hurricanes from pre- to post-Katrina (recent hurricane Isaac is not included.) Be sure to look up when entering the building. There is an art installation of glass bottles, each one representing a life lost in Katrina. The second exhibit is the history of Mardi Gras, which was a bit disappointing in that it only briefly touches on the history of Mardi Gras and skims over the fact that it was, until very recently, the domain of white men. However, the information on balls, parades, and floats is entertaining and informative. This exhibit is the least interactive, as well; there was supposed to be a mock float that allowed visitors to pretend they were tossing beads to the crowd, but this was closed when we visited. Still, for $6 per museum per person, it is a bargain and well worth a visit. Allow at least two hours per building.

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