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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. To visit The Presbytere and other attractions in New Orleans, use our New Orleans travel route planner.
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  • Both the Mardi Gras and Katrina exhibits are very impressive. They should make the video from the engineer who carried out the post-mortem on the city required viewing though. It's easy to overlook bu...  more »
  • My kids who are now young adults, really enjoyed this with me. My daughter, who was only in 2nd grade when Katrina hit, really had it sink in hard and she was just in tears seeing the destruction and ...  more »
  • Such a moving history of the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Newsreels, artifacts, personal stories. Not to be missed. Upstairs is the story of Mardi Gras. Very colourful displays.  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.

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