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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 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this places and was lost here for hours, Two amazing museum in one, The Presbytere no trip to New Orleans couldn’t be completed with out a visit to both these unique places & the bonus there both under one Roof, in fact if...More

Thank Lloyd M
LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the feedback! We love to hear that our visitors are getting the full experience that we planned! If you make your way back to Louisiana, stop in again as we are updating and changing our exhibitions at all of our locations. If...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Katrina experience was touching. It’s well thought out and presented. Everyone was somber and respectful. On the second floor is the history of Mardi Gras and how it came about. The costumes and jewelry are something to behold. The ladies are so helpful and...More

Thank Golulumax
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful addition to The Saint Louis Cathedral. The architecture of the buildings is a site you don’t want to miss and the display of art inside is wonderful.

Thank Elizabeth V
LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the positive feedback! We are very proud of our historic buildings!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s easy to just keep walking when one is at Jackson Square with the hustle and bustle. But don’t think twice, go in here and enjoy the history of Mardi Gras and see what it was like to go thru Katrina. Having been thru Harvey...More

Thank danidb518
LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We started working on this exhibit only a few months after Katrina, before some staff members were back in their homes and while the city was eerily empty. Even then, we knew that as important as the story of Hurricane Katrina was, we needed to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

was worth our time and money. Very interesting and entertaining and a good value for adults and kids.

Thank sidneystjohn
LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad you stopped in! Thank you for the review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Brave New Orleans has faced the beast of hurricanes since it was first inhabited. Though many hurricanes were not in our lifetimes, the exhibition provides an excellent history timeline; hear the voices of those involved; see the news programs; the pictures; some of the wreckage....More

Thank RAS C
LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We appreciate the advice for future visitors!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wanted to see what I could about the secret societies that make up the parading groups and this was the perfect place to see it. Recommended to us by tour company to see gowns, crowns, costumes, and antiques from mardi gras long ago. I...More

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LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit! We hope you will visit us again soon!

Reviewed 11 January 2018

We bought tickets to the Presbytere as an add-on to tickets to the Cabildo next door and ended up far preferring our visit here! We were more interested in Katrina than Mardi Gras and had limited time, so only toured the first floor. The exhibit...More

Thank Grace L
LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thrilled that you enjoyed yourself! Our properties that you mention fit two very different tastes: One helps you explore Louisiana's history (Cabildo) and the other our culture (Presbytere)! To round out the perfect trifecta on your next visit, stop in to the New Orleans Jazz...More

Reviewed 10 January 2018

The exhibits housed within this impressive old building are focused solely on two subjects—Hurricane Katrina on the first floor and Mardi Gras on the second. Yes, both are central to NOLA, but we left wondering if these two events should define a city and its...More

Thank DP49
LA_State_Museum, Manager at The Presbytere, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Funny you should mention that! We are currently reviewing plans to consolidate Katrina into three of the four current rooms. The fourth room is being considered for a changing exhibit gallery area. Good to hear that we may be on the right track with this...More

Reviewed 10 January 2018

Very impressive Katrina exhibit. Not only photographs and artifacts on display but also a lot of footage which made the exhibit that much more impressive. Went there only for Katrina so can't comment on the Mardi Gras exhibit.

Thank Corine S
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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
4 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
9 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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