Old Ursuline Convent Museum, New Orleans

The Old Ursuline Convent was erected in 1745 and occupied until 1824 by Ursuline nuns as a convent, orphanage and school for girls. This historic building is now home to a brilliant museum with both permanent and changing exhibits.
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  • The best I can say is the walkway up to the convent building is very pretty and photographic. The museum is not worth the price for what you get for the money. The church and altar are very attractive...  more »
  • This was one of the places on our list of things to see in New Orleans. We were not disappointed. It is a self guided tour (although there is a docent available to answer questions). The convent is lo...  more »
  • Since the Catholic Church and the city are really intertwined a visit here is a good way to understand how NO developed. Self guided and really low key  more »
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  • The structure is beautiful. The church itself is as well. The lawn and the inside are well-maintained. However, I expected a little more historical information of the convent in the museum rather than just history of Catholicism. Despite this, I do recommend it for its statues, sanctuary, and staircase.
  • Truly a massive time capsule which preserves the atmosphere from the 18th and 19th centuries. We entered the garden outside and already we sensed the 18th century French presence. The architecture and perfectly manicured hedges are like a fragment of a French palace. Inside the cathedral and complex we joined Phil's tour. He is insanely knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans and the building. The tour focused on the cathedral and Christianity. The stain glass windows are marvelous especially when the light shines at the right angle. There was also a short movie on the TV which was informative with nice background music. The outdoor courtyard had magnificent sculptures of Christian characters. Pleasant, apparently quite a few couples wed here. Overall I highly recommend dropping by and exploring the museum.
  • This building is important and special the floors caught my attention! Also the different types of fruits in the garden
  • Bartended a wedding there. Smoothest, most professional wedding I've ever worked.
  • This is an amazing Historic Site. The history of the Ursulines in New Orleans is wonderful!

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