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“Nice, but hidden collection of Ms. Well's Mardi Gras costumes!”

Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum
Ranked #157 of 371 things to do in New Orleans
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Find old Mardi Gras costumes and ball gowns dating back to the early 20th century.
Reviewed January 6, 2012

While in New Orleans, you will probably see a lot of advertisements for the rather pricy Mardi Gras World, which is a warehouse of parade floats out near the port. Which is a shame, because upstairs in Arnaud's restaurant in the French Quarter is a small, free museum of Ms. Well's costumes from about 30 years of Queen of the city's Mardi Gras parades. The woman who owns Arnaud's held on to the collection and the maitre di very enthusiastically led us up the stairs when we asked where the museum was. It's just a few minutes to walk through, but a nice hidden gem for those who have the time and like those kind of rare finds.

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Reviewed November 23, 2011

Very interesting and educational about the origons and growth of the celebration. Costumes and items from past and present parades and balls well displayed. On the first floor of the museum is a very good collection of pictures and videos about hurricane Katrina and history of the growth of New Orleans that caused it to be below water and hence subject to flooding.

2  Thank JohnRCentralVermont
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Reviewed May 5, 2011

Located at Arnaud's Restaurant and right in the center of the French Quarter. Try the Sunday jazz brunch and take in the upstairs free museum.

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Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile
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