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The Presbytere

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Address: 751 Place John Paul Deaux, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:30
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The Presbytere was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St....

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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... this seems a good choice because it gives real insight into Katrina and the Mardi Gras. Don't miss the display that shows you the view from a Mardi Gras float - it's easy to... read more

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... this seems a good choice because it gives real insight into Katrina and the Mardi Gras. Don't miss the display that shows you the view from a Mardi Gras float - it's easy to walk past.

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Bahar Dar, Ethiopia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great info on both Katrina and Mardi Gras. A must see for visitors as it gives so much information about the city and its rich history and character

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Wisconsin Rapids
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Currently there is a Hurricane Katrina exhibit and a Mardi Gras exhibit which were both interesting. Only complaint is that you can tour this, the Cabildo and the 1850 House for a combined, reduced price, but they did not tell us that at this stop, so ended up paying separately for 3 tours. Found the Cabildo more interesting for historic... More 

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Bound Brook, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum, on the first floor, gives a good picture of the days leading up to Katrina and what the residents of New Orleans had to endure during and after the storm. Very moving. The second floor is all about Mardi Gras and includes some of the elaborate costumes worn.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Entire first floor was dedicated to Hurricane Katrina. Pictures, salvaged items, recordings tell a big story. There's much footage of film to watch too. I'm very glad we took time to visit because it's well worth the time and reasonable too. Upstairs is dedicated to Mardi Gra but we didn't have time today.

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Kirkland, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 380 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has two fascinating exhibits. Downstairs there is a riveting display on Hurricane Katrina. Upstairs is a really fun exhibit on mardi gras. If you are going to see the Cabildo, buy the ticket at the same time as for the Presbytere for a discount.

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two fascinating exhibits unique to New Orleans. One is about Hurricane Katrina, the aftermath, and living and dealing with the the threat of hurricanes. Another is an exhibit on Mardi Gras, featuring colorful costumes. Both very interesting! This museum, as well as the adjacent Cabildo. Is closed on Mondays.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This one has a fabulous exhibition on the history of the Mardi Gras and the costumes are amazing. It also has temporary exhibits.

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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great museum. The hurricane Katrina exhibit is very interesting and well put together with lots of pictures, videos, and pieces to view. The Mardi Gras exhibit is also interesting for the whole family. Admission is reasonable and the museum is easily accessible.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was fantastic. To see first hand floats, costumes, jewellery, masks, shoes, head pieces, invitation cards and all to do with these special parades. What you see on TV is nothing compared to the real things. What a visual display of finery which would have taken all year to prepare. Definitely well worth the visit. I could have spent a... More 

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