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The Presbytere, New Orleans

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Built in 1791, The Presbytere functioned as a courthouse until 1911, when it joined the Louisiana State Museum and later the list of National Historic Landmarks. Although constructed on the site of a former residence of Capuchin monks, the attraction never served religious purposes. Today, you can view two key, contrasting exhibits here: Hurricane Katrina's aftermath and the Mardi Gras celebration. Make The Presbytere part of your personalized New Orleans itinerary using our New Orleans trip itinerary builder.
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  • A very moving exhibit on Katrina takes up the ground floor and a Mardis Gras exhibit is on the second floor. One very sad and moving, the other balances it out.  more »
  • I found the museum on Katrina very moving. Make sure you watch all the videos in the room that has the monitors. They play one at a time. The upstairs had costumes from Mardi Gras. Enjoyed that as wel...  more »
  • For the content that it had, it should have been free...boring and not very entertaining....they said it would take 2 hours to see but went through it pretty quickly.  more »
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  • This is a good cheap attraction to take the kids to. $6 for adults, kids 12 and under free. History of Katrina and Mardi gras are the topics.
  • This museum is inexpensive - especially for families- and does a great job of educating about hurricane Katrina. The exhibits were informational and interesting. I love the exhibit that showed the flooding hour by hour, interspersed with real-life stories of survivors. The second story tells you everything you'd ever want to know about Mardi Gras and includes all kinds of costumes, invitations, dance cards, and so much more!
  • The Katrina exhibit was informative, and we enjoyed the Mardi Gras exhibit. This was a great break from the day's heat and humidity.
  • Wow. This is one of those museums that is interesting, fascinating, and kind of depressing in a way. The museum displays the flood and aftermath of Katrina. The name is one of those that you don't have to say what it is. When you hear "Katrina", you instantly think of New Orleans and the devastating flood. There are salvaged items, video, news reports, interviews, pictures and all kinds of reminders of this natural disaster. It knocked the city down, but not out. Shows the fight and resiliency of its residents, and the support from all over the country. I would encourage you to go. It'll take about 1 to 1.5 hours to go through.
  • Another must see attraction near the Jackson Square. Two exhibitions are on display: A. Living with Hurricanes-Katrina and Beyond tells of rescue, rebuilding and renewal on the first floor and B. Mardi Gras-It's Carnival Time in Louisiana on the second floor. It captures the fun and fantasy of this annual celebration. Tickets: Adult $6, students, seniors, active military $5, Children 12 and under free.