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“Katrina exhibition is a must see”
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1850 House
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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.
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“Katrina exhibition is a must see”
Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

We went to the exhibition on the recommendation of a friend. It was the most moving exhibition I've been to for a very long time. It reduced me to tears several times and really made me realise how resilient the people of New Orleans are. They should keep the exhibit there for ever - what happened should not be forgotten.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Wonderful history lesson!”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the 1850 House Museum in February! Our congenial guide provided a brief history of the building and facts about the families that occupied it and then let us explore on our own. Great artifacts of a bygone era are displayed. Admission was $3...a steal in New Orleans!

Visited February 2013
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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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“An interesting view into life in 1850!”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

We really got the feel of how it would have been to live in 1850 New Orleans in an apartment off Jackson Square. The rooms had interesting furnishings and good writing describing what we were seeing. Two floors of living, dining, and bedrooms, and the attached servant quarters and kitchen were included. Children would also be fascinated and seeing this would spark their imaginations!

Visited February 2013
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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“Catch the Hurricane exhibit before it's gone”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I've never cried so much in a museum. The hurricane exhibit is perfectly curated and so well thought-out. It's a brave, moving, controversial and far-reaching examination of the causes and consequences of New Orleans' terrible ordeal with Hurricane Katrina. Go here. And let yourself get into it. Read and watch everything, because it's all worth it.

Visited February 2013
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Saskatoon, Canada
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“A restored 1850 apartment”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

If you're near Jackson Square (and most tourists are at some point), the 1850 House is worth a look. It doesn't take long to see, and it's only $3. It consists of an apartment in the Pontalba Buildings that has been restored to look as it would have in 1850 when it was the home of a wealthy merchant. I was amazed at how large the rooms are. The bonus is the excellent shop (where you buy your ticket). It has a fantastic selection of books on NOLA topics.

Visited January 2013
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