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Old Ursuline Convent

1100 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116
+1 504-529-3040
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The Old Ursuline Convent was erected in 1745 and occupied until 1824 by Ursuline nuns as a convent, orphanage and school for girls. This historic building is now home to a brilliant museum with both permanent and changing exhibits.
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1100 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took a tour of the convent and found it to be very interesting. The nuns have a very strong history in the French Quarter. This is a self guided tour but there are people inside the museum that are very knowledgeable about the place....More

1  Thank fic1225
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A peaceful chapel beautifully decorated with history throughout the rest of the convents building - the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley (1752). The role of the Nuns in helping Gen.Andrew Jackson to beat the British in the Battle Of New Orleans (1815) is revealed....More

Thank planetogra
Reviewed 14 July 2017

If you enjoy old buildings, architecture, and history, you'll really enjoy this. The building and it's history are fascinating. You can also walk around the grounds out in back of the building. A snapshot into a very different time.

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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Self-guided tour. Interesting story about the nuns. Didn't know a venerated persons started there. While the building is beautiful, I wish the statues and items had better signage in the chapel or a better self guide. The gardens were beautiful and well manicured. Wish we...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Interesting place with an annual exhibit. This thru' to September 1st is on Henriette Delille. We enjoyed all of this and it's not extensive so can be combined with a visit to Beauregard Keyes which is opposite.

Thank KokoLB
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We went here today based on other reviews. It's obviously lovingly cared for and the history is well presented for a self-guided tour. The highlight was, as others have mentioned, Rosalie, who has a personal connection to the place, and who grew up around the...More

1  Thank Doneyroney
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Interesting and beautiful building. Teenagers tolerated the short tour. The outside spaces with a hedged path and statues broke up the historical overload they might have otherwise experienced. Did manage to get a "guided" tour with lots of interesting facts that we all might have...More

2  Thank ProfFin
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Stopped by on a rainy day and so glad we did. First area gave the history of the convent. Second area is the church. Third area is a visiting exhibit about a nun of color. Very interesting.

1  Thank Amy R
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Came upon this historic site only by accident. Learning more of its history and about the life and legacy of Henriette Delille, who dedicated her life to service, made this find a significant plus to the enjoyment of visiting New Orleans. The property is so...More

2  Thank Kieran1515
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Behind the walls, this gem of a complex is welcoming on a self-guided tour. The buildings are described as the best preserved French colonial architecture in the New World I believe. It dates to the reign of Louis XV. While the nuns no longer occupy...More

1  Thank sjandrews
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