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Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum

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Address: 813 Bienville St, On the second floor of Arnaud's restaurant, New Orleans, LA 70112-3121
Phone Number:
+1 504-523-5433
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Find old Mardi Gras costumes and ball gowns dating back to the early 20th...

Find old Mardi Gras costumes and ball gowns dating back to the early 20th century.

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Its always great to get a taste of history and this was just that an informative quick inexpensive taste. Enjoyed!

Reviewed 23 March 2017
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in New Orleans and always interested in Mardi Gras and this place has a wealth of historical data that I was overwhelmed by its gowns and crowns of Kings and Queens and how everyone in the old days took it all so seriously. It made it clear to me that only the wealthy could afford such indulgences.

Thank pollytalknyc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Its always great to get a taste of history and this was just that an informative quick inexpensive taste. Enjoyed!

Granite Bay, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

I really enjoyed the hour tour. New Orleans is rich in history and this is one of those places. It is a short one hour tour of the history of Mardi Gras and the makings of the costumes and floats. It would be a shame to miss this when in New Orleans.

Thank Juls822013
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

By far very interesting. Amazing movie dress up and photographs of the way they make floats. This was the best thing I saw in Nola.

Thank paws0810
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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

I was disappointed to learn the museum was closed for renovation. There was no indication it was closed on Arnaud's website highlighting the museum. I specifically went to the restaurant to see the museum. They really should update their website to say so. The whole point of a website is to be able to have up to date info.

1 Thank Leslie B
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 5 October 2015

This place is a hoot! We saw it as part of a culinary guided tour so the guide was able to talk through a little bit of history as we passed through. It was neat to see the large and elaborate collection of costumes that Germaine saved from her years of parading in this event. It was free so I... More 

Thank TedNorthScottsdale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2015 via mobile

This museum is upstairs from the Hurricane Katrina museum. $6 entry to see both museums. The museum has displays of costumes and artefacts from the first New Orleans Mardi Gras until now. Fantastic interesting history. Loved it.

1 Thank Jockaboy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Great budget friendly museum to cool off in and see what Mardi Gras is all about! This museum is combined with the Hurricane Katrina Museum on different floors. The Katrina portion was limited but loved the Mardi Gras area. Beautiful gowns and costumes to see.

Thank doodlepaula
Bloomington, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2014

A very small museum on the second floor of Arnaud's restaurant on Bienville. Showcases 10-15 elegant ball gowns worn by the Queens at 1950s Mardi Gras Balls. Free. To see the whole collection took only 15 minutes--enjoyed every minute!

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Alexandria, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2013

To understand a little more about Mardi Gras history, visit this museum - dozens of intricately beaded gowns from the woman who has been Queen of more parades than anyone else

1 Thank kathyp

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