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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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+1 504-568-6968
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:30

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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Great museum

Right now the museum is highlighting Hurricane Katrina exhibits. Such perseverance the human being has. Make sure that you ask the person at admissions what the bottle exhibit... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Right now the museum is highlighting Hurricane Katrina exhibits. Such perseverance the human being has. Make sure that you ask the person at admissions what the bottle exhibit means. They also are able to sell you tickets to several other museums to save you a little time.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One floor is dedicated to Hurricane Katrina and the resiliency of the city. Another floor is dedicated to Mardi Gras history and other interesting facts about the city of New Orleans. A great place to learn more about our wonderful city.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit! The downstairs is all about Hurricane Katrina, and the upper floor is Mardi Gras history and amazing costumes. I really felt I got a glimpse into the real NOLA by visiting this museum.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Presbytère is an architecturally important building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It stands facing Jackson Square, adjacent to the St. Louis Cathedral. Built in 1791 as a matching structure for the Cabildo, which flanks the cathedral on the other side, it is one of the nation's best examples of formal colonial Spanish architecture. It was designated... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wandered into this museum 45 minutes before closing, which was about 15 minutes too short to take in the entirety of the Katrina exhibit. We did not have time to go upstairs to the Mardi Gras exhibit at all. From the firsthand accounts of the storm and the flood to the science exhibits about the failed levees, this museum... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The two buildings adjacent to the Cathedral in front of Jackson Square are magnificent and matching Spanish-influenced buildings that have been repurposed as museums. The Presbytere had two main exhibits and both were comprehensive and well presented and described. The ground floor was the story of Katrina which we found moving and disheartening. We were told some locals can't bear... More 

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Very informative Katrina exhibit with actual artifacts. Mind boggling how the technology failed the residents. They have an actual garage door with spray paint on it that showed if there were any survivors or dead bodies and explained what each tag meant in the FEMA "X" Mark on every building. They also had the writing from walls of one guy... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum explains what happened when Katrina hit NOLA. On the second floor, they have a lot of Mardi Gras items such as ball gowns worn in the past.

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The survivor story are moving. Just watching the news reports seems to take you back in time. And upstairs the history of mardi gras. The costumes are awesome

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful building. Friendly staff. Superb exhibition regarding Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and how people of New Orleans coped. The Mardi Gras exhibition is fasinating and well worth a visit.

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