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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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751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
French Quarter
+1 504-568-6968
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a good history trip, seeing the old Mardi Gras costumes, jewelry, crowns, and memorabilia. We bought the 3 site package, which included the 1850 house and the Cabildo, well worth the cost. Plus you get a discount when buying the package.

Thank LauraS1118
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this terrific exhibition on Mardi Gras. Along with easy-to-read history, the colorful costumes, floats, tiaras, scepters, and many, many more visually stunning items made this a really fun place to be. I did not visit the Hurricane Katrina exhibition on the first floor because...More

Thank CamilleLongIsland_NY
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a great place to spend a few hours looking through New Orleans history. We thought it was very educational and interesting.

Thank Melissa W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely something you could bring anyone to. Young children might be a little freaked out, but it is still amazing. Definitely stay for the rebuilding together video! It's been 12 years since Katrina but it's so worth it to see, especially for those of us...More

Thank elizamarsh
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a museum with an inventive approach to telling the story of New Orleans. Items from popular culture are included and there is much to enjoy.

Thank Cudyll
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum has two exhibits, Katrina on the ground floor and Mardi Gras on the upper floor. Both are excellent. You an easily see all there is to see in about an hour - a little longer if you linger. Excellent museum - I would...More

Thank vveltman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was raining one morning, so we dropped into the Presbytere to see the Katrina exhibit. Completely eye-opening--much more detail than the media ever carried, providing first-hand accounts of survivors and an awesome presentation of the history of hurricanes in New Orleans since the 19th...More

Thank AdmiralGanteaume
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was interesting especially the levy construction etc. it was nice to see something about Marti gras as well. BUT THE TICKET LADY, JoAnn was rude and obstinate. Don't have a student price if you are going to have someone like her interpreting the...More

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Katrina exhibit is very well organized and extremely informative. It brings out the human dimension through audio clips that document the experiences of people who went through the flood. It made me sad, angry and also uplifted at times. We saw the Mardi Gras...More

Thank Jenny H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a nice museum in a good location in Jackson Square. Check out the Cabildo as well. We found out we could have bought a combo ticket and saved money. They did not tell us this up front though, so be sure to ask.

Thank JustUs89
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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!
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.
8 September 2015|
Response from Marvin M | Property representative |
No, but the historic Cafe du Monde is just across Jackson Square