Preservation Hall
Preservation Hall
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksTheatres
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
About
New Orleans' Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America's truest art forms - Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture. Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street, the Preservation Hall venue presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans Jazz concerts over 350 nights a year featuring ensembles from a current collective of 100+ local master practitioners. On any given night, audiences bear joyful witness to the evolution of this venerable and living tradition.
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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • TheTravelYogi
    United States350 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceeded all of our expectations.
    My husband and I had the BEST time here! We accidentally arrived an hour early because we saw the time wrong (oops) but the guard at the door was so polite to talk to that it did not feel like an hour. There was another line full of people who arrived half an hour early because they had no reservations. I think only 4 of them managed to get in so be sure to make your reservations in advance! My sandals broke as soon as we arrived outside but thankfully I was allowed in with the souvenir New Orleans slippers my husband bought nearby. Preservation Hall is small but cozy. The music was incredible!! We were blown away. It is possible to buy merchandise after the show. We were even allowed to chat after the show and take some pictures real quick. Just wonderful. We will return to this place for sure in the future. More than once. That's how great it is. By the end of the evening I had forgotten all about my broken sandals and happily walked in my slippers down the street in the rain.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2023
  • J Jah
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New fave jazz venue
    I'm a jazz fan and have been to *many* jazz venues, bars, concerts but none quite like Preservation Hall. From the simplicity and coziness of the venue (I love that it looks like it's been untouched over the years), to the wonderful and friendly staff, to the authenticity of the jazz. This was an incredible experience, made even more special by the fact that the venue is a welcome haven from the bustle of Bourbon Street. I also love that this is a family friendly venue - it meant I could introduce my children to live jazz.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Ledastre
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth every penny
    Weve been to NOLA several times but have never been to Preservation Hall. We went June 13, 2023 to the 5pm show. Im glad I bought “seated” tickets instead of just standing tickets. The venue is VERY small and intimate. The music and personalities of the musicians was spectacular. The length of the performance was just long enough and the atmosphere was wonderful. Highly recommended. They have different bands at different times, so I cant comment on the others, but we had a great experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2023
  • AndreVidalPinheiro
    Zug, Switzerland115 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good music but wonder the value
    Went for an afternoon show. No question that the music is top notch, the band we got was great. Yet, want to highlight the other things people should be aware of. First off, it’s supposed to be a 45min show, which doesn’t start on time and finishes early for photos. So in reality only allows for some 5-6 songs. Also the place was really hot, despite the fans and a couple of tiny ACs. To the point that people left half-way the show. So is it worth the 30 buck per person? It depends, I guess if you’re a jazz enthusiast or there’s a particular artist you really want to see. Or if you want to tell others you went. Personally would still have gone knowing this beforehand, yet ended up enjoying far more places like the Spotted Cat or the 21st Amendment.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 June 2023
  • krocking123
    New York City, New York967 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Professional Musicians
    Ok hear is the down low on this. Buy the standing room only tickets. And if they show doesn’t sell out you can move up to an empty seat.. center back is up a little more then the back right or left. Their is not bad spot in the place. Standing is better you can breath a little more. Monday’s and Tuesday are good to go less people are in town. Weekends and fridays are not busy. They haven’t done anything to the place since the opening .. dark and dirty
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Laurie S
    103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our favorite thing in NOLA
    This is an absolute must in a visit to NOLA. What an incredible experience. We highly recommend paying the extra bit to sit in the front row for a personal concert from some of the greats. When it was over, we wanted to buy another ticket and go right back in. AMAZING!!!!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia3,188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do for Jazz lovers
    Situated just off Bourbon Street, Preservation Hall is a must for any jazz of music fans. The venue is small and hasn’t changed over the years. The seats are wooden stalls so not made for comfort but the concerts are only 45 minutes so perfect for this time. We went during the week and an earlier session so our standing seats ended up being seated in the second row but it does get busy later in the night and definitely on the weekends. The night we went we had Branden Lewis who was amazing and graciously asked 2 young players on stage to join them at the end of the performance. You can’t take photos or video during performance but you can at the end with the artist. It does get hot in there so would hate to think when it is full. The merchandise is really quite cool as well. Don’t come to New Orleans without attending Preservation Hall!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Joel S
    Boston, Massachusetts35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time experiencing live jazz at Preservation Hall
    My wife and I had a fantastic time seeing the late show at Preservation Hall on a Monday night. Band members were energetic and seemed to be having a great time, and so we did too! The tight, intimate quarters added to the ambience of the show, and my wife said it was the highlight of everything we did in New Orleans. Highly recommended!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Sam B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    "Preservation Hall: Where the Heart of Jazz Comes Alive in New Orleans"
    I've had the pleasure of visiting Preservation Hall on numerous occasions over the past 35 years. Without fail, each visit has been an enchanting experience, as if I were stepping foot in that iconic venue for the very first time. It's incredibly fulfilling to witness my friends, often referred to as "tourists," revel in the same joy that locals hold dear. Mahalia Jackson's words resonate with me; she aptly describes Louis Armstrong's jazz as a gift that, if unappreciated, might suggest a deficiency in one's capacity to love at all. S Bridges
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 September 2023
  • recorder
    Pineville, Missouri1,905 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed it a lot.
    Having never been here before, I had nothing to compare it to. Having said that, we really had a great time here. The place hasn't changed since it was opened in 1961. The patina on everything is real. The music was great and although it was only 45 minutes long, it left me wanting more, not looking at my watch wondering when it would get over. Not sure where all the money goes, but I don't care. I got what I wanted to see and hear and felt like I had done something to preserve this great music.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
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Marsha S
Holts Summit, MO5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Get your tickets early! This is a must if you love Jazz and New Orleans! So worth it! Traditional NOLA jazz. They sell out fast. 45 minute show. The cheapest tickets are standing only. You will not be seated. No pictures or recording during the show. Take a bottle of water as that is the only beverage allowed.
Written 17 May 2024
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Anthony L
Birmingham, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Disappointed: 15 mins waiting, 25 mins of music and 20 mins of talking. The tickets were not good value and halfway through we were asked to put money in the bucket! This interrupted one of about 5 tunes. The last piece was audience participation. I did not come to hear amateurs sing! Too much time was wasted. It should be jazz non stop for 40 of the 45 mins.
Written 14 May 2024
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Steve
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I absolutely loved this. We saw the Preservation Brass band, who were terrific. I had hoped to see the All Stars and was initially disappointed that only Brass was available during our stay. However, I was blown away, and really is what is what you think of when you think of New Orleans jazz and Louis Armstrong. A really fun show, with great musicians up close. I’ve seen a lot of grumbling reviews which, frankly, sound curmudgeonly. It was expensive. Well, so is NOLA. The setting isn’t much. Yeah, but you’re here for the music. There’s equally good music elsewhere. In a place like NOLA, I’m sure, but that doesn’t take away from the quality here. For the price of a couple of Sazeracs at the Carousel Bar, it’s as good as it gets. If you love New Orleans jazz, you will love this.
Written 30 April 2024
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Joe L
New York City, NY95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Saw the Preservation Brass Band on a Monday night in March '24

Pros: Music was fun, energetic and played to perfection. Musicians stayed after for photos and a chat, so my teen jazz player enjoyed those interactions. Good merch selection.

Cons: Short - about 45 minutes; Pricey (and you'll want to pay for front row to avoid standing, to avoid being behind a column blocking your view, and to not have to worry about getting on line ridiculously early - I'm glad we did); Small facility with no heat/AC and no bathroom.
Written 8 April 2024
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Innocents
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is a tourist trap of a place that one hears abut and may think would be worth seeing. While waiting in line and told they had no rest room facilities and if needed one should go down the street and use those at Pat O’Brien. We were than herded into a crowded room and squeezed into seat. The performance was less than 40 minutes long with lots of talk and few songs. The music was good but not anywhere worth the cost. Better performances and values for the money may be found elsewhere.
Written 28 March 2024
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Paul A
London, UK17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I agree with the reviewer that said what a waste of money. Many people seem to enjoy the experience but our party of 6 did not. We paid $50 for circa 5 pieces of music. Herded in and out in 45 minutes we felt rushed and on a tourist conveyor belt. There are much better options although they require more work to find and book.
Written 26 March 2024
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Anne M
Montreal, Canada15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Bands playing on the street seemed to enjoy themselves waymore than the ones we saw here at Preservation Hall. The show lasted max 40 minutes with the last 5 asking the public to donate more money as they sang "there is a hole in my bucket". We has already paid a substancial entry fee. Don't regret not going ...
Written 23 March 2024
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Heather
Las Vegas, NV1,113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Amazing! Just amazing. At first I was annoyed that you couldn't take pictures or videos of the performers, but as they started playing I didn't care anymore, I was just enjoying the music, which I guess is the point really. You can meet the performers after the show if you want, and they are not pushy about tips like some people have said. I wish it lasted longer than 45 minutes!
Written 17 March 2024
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Travel Nic
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We had a great time. We splurged on front row seats which was worth it as felt like we were a part of the show! The show itself was great and very interactive and just the right amount of time before our dinner. Venue was much smaller than I had expected which made it for a very intimate show. I was concerned because of the small space it would be loud, but it wasn't. Overall, would definitely do again.
Written 16 March 2024
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Courtney H
Mohnton, PA187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I am so glad we got to go! Preservation hall is such an intimate jazz experience that will keep you captivated from the moment you walk in. Definitely buy seated tickets ahead of time if you can! After a long day of walking around town you will thank yourself for getting seated tickets!
Written 12 March 2024
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