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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Loved this terrific exhibition on Mardi Gras. Along with easy-to-read history, the colorful costumes, floats, tiaras, scepters, and many, many more visually stunning items made this a really fun place...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It's a great place to spend a few hours looking through New Orleans history. We thought it was very educational and interesting.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Definitely something you could bring anyone to. Young children might be a little freaked out, but it is still amazing. Definitely stay for the rebuilding together video! It's been 12 years since Katri...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    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.
  • April 19, 2017
    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!
  • June 20, 2017
    The Katrina exhibit was informative, and we enjoyed the Mardi Gras exhibit. This was a great break from the day's heat and humidity.
  • December 6, 2016
    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.
  • March 8, 2017
    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.

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