Old Ursuline Convent Museum

Old Ursuline Convent Museum

Old Ursuline Convent Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The Old Ursuline Convent was erected in 1745 and occupied until 1824 by Ursuline nuns as a convent, orphanage and school for girls. This historic building is now home to a brilliant museum with both permanent and changing exhibits.
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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • mwhamburger
    Seattle, Washington830 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    the Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley.
    very interesting history that was fold us by a guide. She talked but didn't actually walk around with us - that we did on our own (which was a bit strange). The place is huge. Nuns lived here, it was also a school, an archbishop's residence and housed orphans, etc. Walking room to room you will encounter many displays and artifacts. Attached is also the St. Mary's church (completed 1845) which has the original pine and cypress ceiling. Impressive, the central entrance hall, is the original staircase from 1734 and a clock from 1727 that is still in working order.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written December 17, 2023
  • ockerman
    191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Convent Tour
    The Convent Tour is wonderfully informative and a peaceful break from the busy streets of the quarter. We were there about 45-50 minutes but you could spend more time if you like. If you are lucky the convent archivist, Sarah, is a great guide.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written May 17, 2024
  • David H
    San Antonio, Texas7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful convent & museum you shouldn't miss
    I had heard stories about this convent and finally took the museum tour this afternoon. The convent & museum are very beautiful, and our guide Sarah was very knowledgeable of early New Orleans history, the earliest church influence, and what a big part the Ursuline Nuns played in history. She answered all our questions and is a wealth of knowledge. The convent includes lots of incredible artifacts, including relics of saints dating back thousands of years. Very impressive. It's worth the time spent to visit.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2024
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David H
San Antonio, TX7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I had heard stories about this convent and finally took the museum tour this afternoon. The convent & museum are very beautiful, and our guide Sarah was very knowledgeable of early New Orleans history, the earliest church influence, and what a big part the Ursuline Nuns played in history. She answered all our questions and is a wealth of knowledge. The convent includes lots of incredible artifacts, including relics of saints dating back thousands of years. Very impressive. It's worth the time spent to visit.
Written June 3, 2024
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ockerman
NWArkansas191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The Convent Tour is wonderfully informative and a peaceful break from the busy streets of the quarter. We were there about 45-50 minutes but you could spend more time if you like. If you are lucky the convent archivist, Sarah, is a great guide.
Written May 17, 2024
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Mary B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What a beautiful convent, with such rich history. Our guide, Sarah, is also their archivist, was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. We very much enjoyed it.
Written April 22, 2024
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MTMHampshire
665 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Lovely old building which is worth seeing. Lovely chapel and also some interesting history. Great friendly guide and staff.
Written April 8, 2024
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Jim P
Chicago, IL275 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Well worth a visit, for the complex history of the early influence of the Urselines -- who have in fact not occupied the site for many years, having been displaced by the church fathers.
Tip for visit management -- the website is not a wonder of clarity, and you can't book tickets in advance. The door to the street opens just before the tour hours, when tickets are sold, and there is no control over the size group to be admitted. We were there ten minutes early, and in good weather -- other conditions could be problematic.
Written March 9, 2024
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mwhamburger
Seattle, WA830 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
very interesting history that was fold us by a guide. She talked but didn't actually walk around with us - that we did on our own (which was a bit strange). The place is huge. Nuns lived here, it was also a school, an archbishop's residence and housed orphans, etc. Walking room to room you will encounter many displays and artifacts. Attached is also the St. Mary's church (completed 1845) which has the original pine and cypress ceiling. Impressive, the central entrance hall, is the original staircase from 1734 and a clock from 1727 that is still in working order.
Written December 17, 2023
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penelope p
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This off-the-beaten-path gem has a great history that I was happy learn about. The place is beautiful...a wonderful contrast to the many atteactions in the French Quarter.
Written September 26, 2023
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plgarlepied
New Orleans, LA2,385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Currently, the tours are offered at 10, 11 & 1 thurs, Fri & sat. We went on the 11 am tour today which I recommend over the 10am tour bc Phillip did not have another tour until 1pm & said he wanted to give us a full 1.5 hr tour, which he did & even stayed around later for questions. He & his parents are/were life long residents & he packs a LOT of stories into his tour. It is extremely interesting even if you are not catholic as he includes info on New Orleans history as well, including in depth burial process at the cemeteries.
It is also a fabulous value for the price paid for ANY tour in nola by far! Phillip also answered questions that were off topic from the “convent tour” & had info & stories for this too! He is a wealth of info, friendly & approachable. Ask him anything!
Once the tour is over, you are free to look around again (LOTS of stuff to read) & take pics & use the bathrooms. No cafe: just a water fountain. Including Arriving a few min early, we spent~1hr& 50min here.
Written May 5, 2023
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Allison G
Boston, MA130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A really nice museum. Beautiful gardens, statues, and stained glass. Loved learning about the history of New Orleans and how 80% of the city burned down and this museum was saved. So it's a great way to see one of the oldest buildings in the area. Only open for a few hours and tours are on the hour so make sure you plan ahead.
Written March 12, 2023
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Megan M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We took a tour here while in town for a wedding in Nov 2022.
It was an easy ~20+min walk from the Loews hotel (passed by Jackson Square, did get cursed at by one unwell man, otherwise uneventful).
Started pouring rain right when we got there, so not much time spent in the garden, but there was plenty of beauty inside the old convent and St. Mary's Church.
Our tour guide, Philip, was a lifelong New Orleans resident and very knowledgeable about the city, its history, & the convent museum of course. He packed lots of content into the 1hr tour.
Obviously, this would be of particular interest to Catholics but I'd recommend to anyone looking to spend an hour learning some local history in a beautiful, uplifting setting.
Written November 24, 2022
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