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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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+1 504-568-6968
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Reviewed 4 days ago

There are two sides (one on either side of the Cathedral) The Katrina exhibition is powerful. Also enjoyed learning about Mardi Gras. Good exhibition on early NOLA which outlines the Indian, Spanish and French origins.

Thank Kathrine S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to The Presbytere a few different times this summer as we had many family/friends/guests here this summer. The Katrina and Mardi Gras exhibits are a fabulous quick introduction to NOLA and I was fascinated with the history. Admission is only $6 (or $10...More

Thank Julie L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Closed on Mondays. Adult admission is $6. It was the Katrina exhibition that drew me and the many interesting artefacts from that dreadful time. The events are well recorded and shown, The Mardi Gras exhibition on the first floor was largely ignored he day we...More

Thank Mark_Dornoch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibit 'Living with Hurricanes:Katrina and Beyond' was quite sobering as well as moving. Very well done and very educational. Lots of interactive exhibits and artifacts. Hurricane Rita came afterwards and one almost forgets how badly it affected the region as well after so much...More

Thank twisteddiva
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had considered visiting NOLA back in 2005 but given the age of our children decided they would probably get more out of a trip to Florida so we went there instead. History has shown us we made the right choice at the time because...More

Thank Simon W
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 14 August 2017

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 14 August 2017 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 12 August 2017 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 12 August 2017

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
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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