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The Presbytere

751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
+1 504-568-6968
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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.
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“katrina exhibit” (162 reviews)
“mardi gras” (327 reviews)
“jackson square” (80 reviews)
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751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
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751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
+1 504-568-6968
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I wanted to see what I could about the secret societies that make up the parading groups and this was the perfect place to see it. Recommended to us by tour company to see gowns, crowns, costumes, and antiques from mardi gras long ago. I...More

Thank Guy P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought tickets to the Presbytere as an add-on to tickets to the Cabildo next door and ended up far preferring our visit here! We were more interested in Katrina than Mardi Gras and had limited time, so only toured the first floor. The exhibit...More

Thank Grace L
LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thrilled that you enjoyed yourself! Our properties that you mention fit two very different tastes: One helps you explore Louisiana's history (Cabildo) and the other our culture (Presbytere)! To round out the perfect trifecta on your next visit, stop in to the New Orleans Jazz...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits housed within this impressive old building are focused solely on two subjects—Hurricane Katrina on the first floor and Mardi Gras on the second. Yes, both are central to NOLA, but we left wondering if these two events should define a city and its...More

Thank DP49
LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Funny you should mention that! We are currently reviewing plans to consolidate Katrina into three of the four current rooms. The fourth room is being considered for a changing exhibit gallery area. Good to hear that we may be on the right track with this...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very impressive Katrina exhibit. Not only photographs and artifacts on display but also a lot of footage which made the exhibit that much more impressive. Went there only for Katrina so can't comment on the Mardi Gras exhibit.

Thank Corine S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this museum. While we were there, the bottom floor was dedicated to an exhibit about hurricane Katrina, while the top floor celebrated Mardi Gras. I liked the combination of interactive exhibits and real artifacts. It's super affordable and centrally located.

Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hands down the best museum in the Quarter. The site is broken up into one floor on Katrina and one on Mardi Gras, strung together to show that despite the tragedy the culture lives on in New Orleans. Katrina exhibit was by far the best,...More

Thank shannhugo440
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good museum. Clean and safe facility, friendly staff and well maintained exhibits. The Katrina exhibit takes up the first floor with a Mardi Gras installation on the 2nd floor. The second floor exhibit was interesting but the exhibit pieces reflect their age and could...More

Thank robertmoffett
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get a combined pass to Museums in French Quarter and save about 20-25%, plus you don't even need to use the tickets on the same day.

Thank Patrick C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent museum and the price paid (a mere $6!) was unreal. I'm bummed we didn't think to go here earlier in our trip. The exhibit on Katrina was well done. I also loved the bottles and glass hands hanging in the atrium (ask them what's...More

Thank Columbus_Mom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice museum that helped fill a chilly, rainy day in NOLA. Wish they allowed same-day re-entry once you pay the admission fee as we would have liked to go back after lunch but didn't do so since we would have to pay for another entry.

Thank nrj_57
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Cat T
11 September 2016|
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Response from Karyn G | Reviewed this property |
Two hours is enough time to give everything a look at. But don't rush it, you might miss something!
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Sally S
3 August 2016|
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Response from Dan R | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is. The sidewalks in the Quarter can be challenging for wheelchairs but Jackson Square is easily accessible.
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Lisa S
8 September 2015|
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Response from Marvin M | Property representative |
No, but the historic Cafe du Monde is just across Jackson Square
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