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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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  • The Katrina experience was touching. It’s well thought out and presented. Everyone was somber and respectful. On the second floor is the history of Mardi Gras and how it came about. The costumes and j...  more »
  • A beautiful addition to The Saint Louis Cathedral. The architecture of the buildings is a site you don’t want to miss and the display of art inside is wonderful.  more »
  • It’s easy to just keep walking when one is at Jackson Square with the hustle and bustle. But don’t think twice, go in here and enjoy the history of Mardi Gras and see what it was like to go thru Katri...  more »
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  • Beautiful museum full of history with a cheap admission price. This is an excellent stop to make if you are history buffs or just interested in NOLA history. I went to the Katrina exhibit and the NOLA history exhibits but found it to be a little boring for my taste. I prefer a more interactive experience. They had one room with a lot of interactive exhibits which was great but the rest felt lacking.
  • A nice place to spend time on a rainy or hot day. The Katrina exhibit was most definitely emotionally difficult, but I feel that learning about what happened is an important part of visiting New Orleans. Fortunately, the second floor will cheer you up with the Mardi Gras exhibit; I feel like it was put there on purpose to ensure we don't all leave the place completely depressed.
  • Inexpensive good learning experince about surviving Katrina & Mardi Gras
  • Nice museum. Thought the Katrina exhibit could include more but still informative.
  • We visited both the Presbytère and Caplido and my preferred museum was the Presbytère but that likely depends on the exhibits. The exhibits when we visited in Feb 2018 were Hurricane Katrina-an excellent mix of photographs, video, interviews, and diagrams which explained all the events and circumstances. The other exhibit was Mardi Gras which was going on during our visit. Once again, the mixed media, wonderful displays of Queen's crowns, costumes, and explanations about every one of the customs. Well worth the visit and I would recommend getting the ticket for both museums. The Capildo has the Battle of New Orleans and some New Orleans history. Both were very good and fans of military history (like my husband) will find them fascinating. They are renovating (Capildo) right now so will likely have another good exhibit when done.
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