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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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  • It was an enjoyable quick visit....free to public which was good to see...I liked more because of its historical value. Shows you what a home would have been like in its era.  more »
  • This museum is free and in the heart of the French Quarter. Site of scenes in Interview with a Vampire, Jonah Hex, and many more.  more »
  • Lovely exterior and courtyard in back, but current ceramic exhibit was a little dull and uninteresting to me.  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.
  • With the right reflective mindset and a curiousity in transporting yourself into the past, you will enjoy studying this home with a slow walk.
  • Very nice, especially for free. Cool architecture with revolving exhibits.
  • Really well kept original french building! found it very interesting
  • 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.