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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.
  • Pretty thorough museum. I really found the Katrina museum to be interesting. When the hurricane hit I was decently young and didn't see just what the city went through. It was surprising to see just all that the people of New Orleans had to go through during that time. Quite devastating. The Mardi Gras exhibits were nice too. They display a good array of costumes and costume designs, with interesting history.
  • Fantastic exhibits, the first floor focuses on Katrina and the recovery. The second floor has a great Carnival exhibit.
  • I had limited time in New Orleans so unfortunately I want able to see inside this church but the outside is very nice looking.
  • If you’re here at Jackson square then you need to spend the hour here. A necessary view of the Katrina disaster followed by a nice history of Mardi Gras. Do it!

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