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The Presbytere, New Orleans

(4.4/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • I was travelling solo and heard positive things about the exhibit for Katrina, i spent approximately 2 hours here just trying to take in all the information. Great mix of interactive and reading mater...  more »
  • We went into this museum at 10 AM on a Thursday, & spent over an hour there. Convenient location... just to the right of the church in Jackson Square. The museum has 2 main exhibits: Katrina & Mardi G...  more »
  • Informative, takes time. Bought and 3 museum tickets for 20% off. Museums close at 4:30pm. Start early to enjoy the rest of the day.  more »
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  • 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.
  • I've walked by this place on several trips and finally went in. Glad I did! Spent to whole afternoon in the museum. Excellent exhibits in an historic building.
  • One of my favourite stops from the trip to New Orleans. Beautiful building, inside and out. Great dual exhibits on Katrina and Mardi Gras - two very important events to the city. Sad, happy, educational. I thought the whole thing was really well done, and inexpensive too. Highly recommended for a stop off when you're strolling the French Quarter.
  • This place looks so perfect that you may think it's fake. The architecture both inside and out are espectacular. Defenetly a must see a New Orleans