Madame John’s Legacy, New Orleans

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Madame John's Legacy is a historic house museum at 632 Dumaine Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Built in 1788, it is one of the oldest houses in the French Quarter, and was built in the older French colonial style, rather than the more current Spanish colonial style of that time. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970 for its architectural significance. The Louisiana State Museum owns the house and provides tours.Description and historyMadame John's Legacy stands north of Jackson Square, on the southwest side of Dumaine Street between Royal and Chartres Streets. The building's name derives from a story by New Orleans authorGeorge Washington Cable, and refers to a building that previously stood on the site. It is a French colonial raised cottage, its ground level a full-height basement built out of brick, and a wood frame main level above. The exterior is clad in wooden boards. Behind the main building is an open courtyard, with a brick slave quarters at the rear of the property. The basement level of the house appears shorter than it was when built, in part because the street level has been raised in the intervening centuries.The house was built in 1788, and is a rare survivor in the area of the quarter's 1794 fire. The house undernwent a number of alterations in the 19th century, most notably as part of a conversion to apartments in the late 19th century. In 1947 the house was donated to the Louisiana State Museum. It was operated as a museum until 1965, when it was closed due to hurricane damage. It was subjected to a painstaking restoration in the early 1970s, restoring it as much as possible to its late 18th-century appearance, and reopened.
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  • Appears in a scene of the film "Interview with the vampire". It is by the way before I saw that you could get in for free. The staff is very friendly! You can see an exhibition of pottery "Newcomb". We receive a small leaflet explaining the history of the House. The House itself has nothing exceptional.
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  • This houses is free and open to the public. It is a rather small home that is pretty bare asides from a couple pottery exhibits. There isn't much info on the home and I couldn't really tell you much a...  more »
  • Our carriage tour driver recommended this museum and the hours on-line and posted at the front door said they were open. We arrived and it was closed. We called their number and were told they were cl...  more »
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  • Free museum to look around. One of only three remaining buildings from the French period. The listed hours are only a guideline, if no one has come in for a few hours they close up. I don't blame them, to keep this place free of charge to enter, certain things like 'listed hours' will be different. If they are closed, please don't be upset. There aren't to many things to do in New Orleans for free.
  • Very nice building, free to enter, not a long of interpretive information.
  • With the right reflective mindset and a curiousity in transporting yourself into the past, you will enjoy studying this home with a slow walk.
  • It's free. It's open to the public. One of the very last French colonial buildings in the quarter. Don't plan your trip around it because there is not much else to it, but you will likely pass it walking around the French Quarter, and when you do make sure to pop in.
  • Very nice, especially for free. Cool architecture with revolving exhibits.

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