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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The two-floor museum touches on the hurricanes that have impacted Louisiana while the second floor focuses on the history of Mardis Gras. The first floor is mostly focused around Hurricane Katrina. Beyond the pictures and memory of what happened the museum touches on the geology...More

Thank JDSoui
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was a cold rainy day and we decided to go to this museum to pass our time inside. It was sad to see the Katrina exhibit but still interesting. The Mardi Gras museum taught us so much we didn’t know. Enticed is to add...More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating exhibits at a friendly price. Downstairs: see Fats Domino's piano positioned as it sat after Hurricane Katrina, then walk through exhibits featuring the whole experience of living through Katrina. Upstairs, go through decades of Mardi Gras with every detail possible: costumes, memorabilia, video. Take...More

Thank Rheadaria
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Want to really understand what happened with Katrina? Then plan 2-3 hours here... just powerful, moving & highly informative. Well worth the time and a nice break from all the food, drinking, music & hub-bub Of The French Quarter...

Thank Heather P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lost of things to see and read. Downstairs was all about Katrina and upstairs about Mardi Gras. Quick and easy walk through when you’re in the area.

Thank RayChell313
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent several hours here at the Katrina and Mardi Gras exhibits. Start with the Katrina and end with the Mardi Gras so that you can dry your tears before leaving. The exhibits have both scientific and human interest and are the best I have...More

Thank Lee M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Two very in-depth exhibitions on two different but intrinsically New Orleans subjects: Hurricane Katrina and the annual Mardi Gras festival. Both were excellent. The Katrina exhibition had a hands on interactive science piece which our young boys enjoyed. Cost $6 for adults and $5 for...More

Thank Helena L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Presbytere building in located next the Jackson Square park in New Orleans. I would recommends it for any architectural lovers. hope you enjoy your stay in New orleans

Thank Nasir A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Hurricane Katrina exhibit. Lots of video of the lead-up to the storm and its aftermath. The personal stories are heartbreaking. Gets a little preachy about climate change towards the end, but overall, very moving.

Thank Cadbanker
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras exhibits. The Hurricane Katrina exhibit was so well done; even though we will never know exactly what they went through, people shared their stories and gave us a sense of the fear and panic before the storm...More

Thank Jovie15
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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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