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Review of The Presbytere

The Presbytere
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Owner description: The Presbytere was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. It stands today as a beautiful reminder of both Louisiana's singular past and its vibrant present.The Presbytere, originally called Casa Curial or "Ecclesiastical House," was built on the site of the residence, or presbytere, of the Capuchin monks. The building was used for commercial purposes until 1834 when it became a courthouse. In 1911, it became part of the Louisiana State Museum. Two exhibitions are on display-"Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond" tells of rescue, rebuilding and renewal, and "Mardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana" captures the fun and fantasy of the annual celebration.
DeFuniak Springs, Florida
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“Good museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is a very good museum and you can see the convent all in the same area. Worth seeing it is in walking distance to Jackson Square and the Convent is right down the walk.

Visited November 2013
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“Must see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014

I am a NOLA girl and have spent my life going to the Presbytere, St Louis Cathedral & the Cabildo. There is so much history in these buildings and the French Quarter, and it is family friendly. there is a lot more to New Orleans & the Quarter than just Bourbon St. There are excellent exhibits with art, Mardi Gras, Hurricane Katrina and continuously improving, evolving and changing. It never disappoints. People watching out front is always fun too :)

Visited March 2014
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Novato, CA
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“If you want to know about Katrina, this is your museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

The Presbytere is right off Jackson Square, next to the Cathedral. The ground floor is a well thought out, interactive, and ultimately heart-breaking exhibit around Hurricane Katrina (and Rita). I recommend this museum if you want to know about the hurricane, how it impacted the area and the timeline, as well as personal experiences. The people of NOLA are gracious, but I suspect that they are heartily sick of talking about Katrina, so if you are curious, you can learn anything you want to know here. We found it very educational and informative. The 2nd floor is all Mardi-Gras - and great for getting an understanding of the cultural significance of the events. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon, and certainly sobering (talking about the hurricanes here) after you've traveled around the area a bit.

Visited March 2014
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Hamilton, Canada
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“Big stories in a small place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

In an historic building just off Jackson Square, two terrific exhibits on Hurricane Katrina (first floor) and Mardi Gras (second floor). The Katrina exhibit does a great job combining history, science, politics, and personal stories to provide a sense of the magnitude of the storm, the devastation it wrought, and the determination of the people of NOLA in rebuilding their great city. For people who weren't there, seeing artefacts from the storm and reading the people's personal stories brings it all home. The Mardi Gras exhibit is great as well, and together they highlight the resilience of NOLA, in good times and bad.

Visited March 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Interesting Juxtaposition between Katrina & Mardi Gras”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

We visited the The Prebytere on the last full day of our trip and I'm really glad that we did. The Katrina portion of the museum was informative, fascinating, and extremely sad but it was a part of the city's history that I wanted to learn more about. They have some really great exhibits and heartbreaking stories and items from the flood.
Upstairs is an exhibit on Mardi Gras. The vibe was very different from the Katrina museum, but it was good for lifting the spirits after the heaviness of the first floor. There's a nice overview of the history of Mardi Gras and all of the krewes. Plus there are a lot of outrageous costumes on display.
The best part is that it's only $6 for the whole museum. Definitely worth it.

Visited February 2014
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