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“1850 House Tour”
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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.
Reviewed November 5, 2013

We've visited several of the Louisiana State Museum attractions between our most recent visit to New Orleans and another trip a few years ago; all of them are worth a visit. The 1850 House provides a fascinating glimpse into one of the residences in the Pontalba buildings that flank Jackson Square. Admission was just $3 for a self-guided tour. Visitors enter through the gift shop on the ground floor and can purchase tickets at the register. After we purchased our tickets, we were invited to watch a video at the rear of the gift shop prior to touring the home. Learning about Baroness de Pontalba's history was as interesting as touring the residence - she survived an assassination attempt by her own father-in-law in France before returning to New Orleans and funding construction of the famous buildings that bear her name. As for the residence, it boasts some truly lovely period furnishings but does not represent that home of any one particular family. Instead, the recreated interior gives a general idea of the lifestyles of those living in these apartments in the mid-1800s. The front of the home is furnished for the family's comfort, while the rooms at the rear depict the more modest servants' quarters.

While there are certainly more impressive homes that can be toured in and around New Orleans (like the River Road plantations), the 1850 House is still worth a visit. It's centrally located (right on Jackson Square, just half a block from St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo and Presbytère museums), admission is inexpensive, and it's easy to tour the entire home in well under an hour. Photography is permitted, as long as the flash is turned off.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Let me start off by clarifying that this is ONLY for the 1850 House, which is part of the Louisiana State Museum system that comprises some 12 museums, 8 in New Orleans alone. Some others are describing exhibits from the Presbytere and the Cabildo, which are nearby, but the 1850 House is one of the apartments that were built by Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba at Jackson Square.

The 1850 House offers an illuminating glimpse into upper middle-class life in mid-19th century New Orleans. Guided tours are available at specific hours, but there is a self guided tour at any time. It is furnished with period pieces, and histories of the people who lived there are briefly summarized. The inhabitants were mostly merchants, and they brought with them slaves, and you'll also see the slaves' quarters and the courtyard kitchen.

It's a small thing, but hanging on the wall upstairs is a hair wreath that I found fascinating. It's the kind of thing you'd just walk by because it's not particularly interesting from a distance -- until you read about it and look at the detail. The House is worth a visit especially if you like history and enjoy learning about how people lived as opposed to battles won/lost.

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is a well kept and fascinating museum that gives a great overview of the colorful history of this city. I particularly liked the early history section dealing with the French, Spanish and the slaves. It was interesting, well curated, and straight-forward....no slave-holder Confederate revisionism here.

2  Thank Michael R
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Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

We took the 1850 house tour with a volunteer tour guide by the name of Phillip. He had a wealth of knowledge about the house and history and was entertaining. The tour was only $3 and I would recommend that people visit.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We visited this museum on Sept. 26th and was not disappointed. The had a Hurricane Katrina exposition and upstairs there was a Mardi Gras exposition. Very nice.

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