Preservation Hall
Preservation Hall
4.5
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
About
New Orleans' Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America's truest art forms - Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture. Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street, the Preservation Hall venue presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans Jazz concerts over 350 nights a year featuring ensembles from a current collective of 100+ local master practitioners. On any given night, audiences bear joyful witness to the evolution of this venerable and living tradition.
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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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  • Francisco D
    Lubbock, Texas22 contributions
    Great atmosphere, very enjoyable, will be the highlight of your trip.
    Our experience at Preservation Hall was outstanding. You not only get to visit a historic music venue in the French Quarter, you also get to experience New Orleans jazz. My wife and I saw "Preservation Brass" and they were phenomenal. The atmosphere that they create during their concert is extremely enjoyable. These artists are not only master jazz musicians, the are also experts at engaging the crowd and at times make the audience participate in their performance. Get your tickets online early and if possible, choose to sit in the front row. It's definitely worth it. My wife and I spent a few days in New Orleans and this was the highlight of our trip. I highly recommend the Preservation Brass at Preservation Hall.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 11, 2023
  • Benjamin F
    13 contributions
    GREAT TIME
    Amazing. Just know it is only a 45-minute show, not something to plan your whole night around. I recommend finding something to do before and after, but absolutely worth it for a standing-room ticket to see world-class musicians in a fun atmosphere.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 12, 2023
  • B. Richard
    Bellevue, Washington306 contributions
    Eh?
    My wive and I pirchased seating tickets for last Thursday night and sat along the right wall. Try not to do that, the music/noise from the adjacent building was distracting. The set was short and led by a very fine clarinet playe.r After the third piece they asked for donations which seemed odd - playing my bucket had a hole in it until our interest in the group had an even bigger hole in it. Nice history of the place. Band playful.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 15, 2023
  • MisterTravel1000
    Atlanta, Georgia201 contributions
    Very disappointing. Tourist trap in my opinion.
    There is a lot of great music in New Orleans if you know where to find it. Preservation Hall is not the place. The musicians are good and it may be a historic venue but there is too much dialogue, audience participation, and asking for tips during the show. And again at the end of the show. They advertise 45 minutes of music but it’s far less than that. Oh, and the musicians arrive late. Many people love this place but I’m not one of them. A bit of a tourist trap.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 16, 2023
  • HS
    Cooper City, Florida19 contributions
    Can't Miss Experience
    If you love any kind of music, this is a can't miss experience. Yes, it's expensive and a short program, but the musicians and atmosphere can't be beat. Our teens who don't like jazz even loved it. We bought first row tickets and it was well worth it, I highly recommend spending the extra money to be within a few feet of the musicians.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 17, 2023
  • Mef945
    20 contributions
    All we expected and then some!
    The ambience was so unique, felt like we were transported back in time to a period of vintage NOLA Jazz. And the band was so talented and enjoyable, led by trumpeter Wendell Brunious. Wait until his wife Caroline begins her clarinet solo parts, blown away! Enjoyable all the way start to finish!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 21, 2023
  • Claire
    San Francisco, California47 contributions
    Unmissable NOLA Jazz
    Saw an amazing show at Pres Hall during our last trip to New Orleans. I wish I’d gotten tickets for two or three slots that night, none of us wanted to leave. The combo was fantastic, their energy was infectious, their song choices were a true love letter to New Orleans, and I cannot wait to return.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2023
  • Penguin32
    Haywards Heath, United Kingdom533 contributions
    A lot of money for a lot chat!
    An acquaintance of ours said not to miss this place! Well worth a visit. We arrived and joined the queue! The information tells you to arrive 30 minutes before the show. If you want to stand outside for 30 minutes then do so. If you are at the front of the queue and seated inside it will give you a better choice for your seat. We were standing and after being told not to bring in food or drink, use video or take pictures and actually there are no restrooms we were shown to our standing place which is basically a small area behind the wooden benches for people to stand like sardines! Luckily we were near the door otherwise it would be very claustrophobic! 5 pm and the band arrives, I wasn’t sure how long I could stand there but the wall was good to lean on! I can’t complain about the talented musicians. The drummer seemed to be eating throughout, not sure if he had a medical condition. LOTS of chat and banter and then the Hole in bucket song asking for tips! Hang on… I have just paid over £50 to see a band play, I didn’t expect to then hand over more money. I am still cross that I did. As I say very talented musicians but not enough music and too much chat of which I can’t remember. So basically a trip which lasts nearly 90 mins.. 30 to queue, 45 minutes standing or seated in a cramped room with only 35 minutes of music. Not forgetting the bucket tip! All in all $60 which equates to just under $2 dollars per minute of music. If the money is to preserve the hall it needs to be spent on it! Save your money, go the Frenchmen Street, buy a drink, sit down and enjoy. If you like the band, tip them, if not move on to another bar… plenty out there. Sorry Preservation Hall we won’t be back.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 4, 2023
  • Rebecca A
    Seattle, Washington37 contributions
    Must Do in New Orleans!
    Such a wonderful performance! Brenden and the band rocked! They are amazing musicians and played together flawlessly. Our teen and tween enjoyed this so much. This was the second performance for my husband and me and we loved it just as much as the previous performance.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written February 26, 2023
  • Tom L
    Ottawa, Canada432 contributions
    One of Those Essential Stops In NOLA
    This is a place for serious music. You will likely be familiar with the songs they play. The musicians are first rate. It is not a fancy place. You either sit on benches or stand at the back. A seat on a bench (but not in the first row) for a 45 minute set will set you back $40. You can book online. No drinks are available and there is no restroom. It was a very pleasant afternoon diversion.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 2, 2023
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Julie S
Concord11 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Excellent performance that lasted about 45 minutes. It is definitely something to experience, but I'm glad we brought our masks with us because we were packed very tightly in a warm room. We had standing room only seats. I recommend getting 'seats' if you can, which are wooden benches. Book early! If you get anxious in tight crowds and can't get a 'seat', stand in the back right next to the door. I wish we had done that. And be aware that the musicians will ask for money at the end of the show.
Written November 26, 2023
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Amanda H
Canberra, Australia44 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
It was certainly authentic jazz music and the setting added to the experience but the musicians (excellent though they were) played only 5 songs and then asked for tips after paying $25 each to stand up. It felt short and we all thought the buskers we had seen earlier in the day on the street were better value for money…
Written November 26, 2023
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royce n
Eagan, MN15 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
You probably should get reservations in advance. They have bench seating and standing room. It’s a small venue. The music is authentic. The energy is enveloping. The band works the crowd well. This place is the real thing. The performance runs about 45 minutes. Expect to queue up outside before the show. If you have a need to use the facilities do so beforehand, maybe at a bar across the lane. Once you are admitted to the venue it’s show time.
Written November 23, 2023
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Benjamin B
Oslo, Norway4 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Friends
A true unique experience that should not be missed if you are in town amd want to experience some traditional jazz. As a tall person; a standing ticket is perfectly fine. The entire show is not that long, and if you still get great views from the standing platform in the back if you are not short. If you have a standing ticket I would recomment getting in line early and put yourself along the back wall, you get the whole atmosphere and great views of the band.
Written November 23, 2023
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2berries
Lake George, NY292 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
If you’re looking to hear some classic jazz in a unique setting, this is the experience for you. The musicians are clearly top notch. The hall is dimly lit, has wooden bench seating or standing room options and the setting is very intimate as the musicians are maybe 6-8 feet from the first seated row. Very glad we saw a show in Preservation Hall!
Written November 20, 2023
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Anand_Hari
London, UK360 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Pros
The best musicians we saw during our whole trip.
The venue was beautiful.
Memorable experience.

Cons
Bad value for money given how short the show was, and cost of the tickets.
The room got very hot.
The seats weren't comfortable.
No bar, and you can't bring outside drinks in except water.
No toilet (but you can go next door).
Hard to get tickets, we booked about three weeks in advance. Not sure what chance you'd have nearer the time or on the day.
The performance ended abruptly.

Overall, I would recommend. It's a great way to experience the highest quality music. I just wish we got a bit more of it. Perhaps it's turned into a bit of a tourist cash cow.
Written November 11, 2023
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Katherine J
London, UK17 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
I was really excited about going to preservation hall and intrigued by the mixed reviews here. Firstly the musicians are incredible, extremely talented and very varied in their skill sets. The music was 10/10. It’s true that the hall is small and not the most comfortable but that is to be expected for a historic venue. The show is short but they do tell you this when you’re booking and the cost is high for what you get, but overall I personally felt like the experience was worth it.
It is also true that the musicians ask for tips, but last night they weren’t pushy about it. It’s pretty standard in the USA and we’ve been asked for tips on $400 meals so I don’t think it was that weird. All in all I would recommend it if you are aware what it is and want a great historic New Orleans jazz experience
Written November 11, 2023
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Bev
4 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
We were so disappointed with preservation hall. The musicians were obviously very talented and have contributed so much to music. We appreciate their talent and contributions. However, the age of the musicians and song selections contributed to our disappointment.There was way too much talking and not enough music. We missed New Orleans selections and hymn arrangements. Standing for 45 minutes was awful. Won’t go back
Written November 4, 2023
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Doug B
2 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
My first time here. I enjoyed the music for what it was, but the seating was uncomfortable and as other reviews stated, it gets a bit warm. I could not imagine being in this tight space in the heat of the summer. This is not a 45-minute show, more like 35 minutes with some chit-chat and introductions. They ask for money in a very awkward, end of the show way, cheapening the entire experience (we did not tip). I was embarrassed for them - I would never ask for tips for a ticketed show. Oddly, we had just left Fritzel's, had walked in for free, sat and watched 45 minutes of great music and gladly tipped. The comparison between the two shows/experiences was striking.
Written October 23, 2023
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ALFRED B
Largo, FL1 contribution
Oct. 2023 • Friends
Very disappointing show. Only 45 minutes with uninspired music and too much blabbing by the MC. Only about two pieces played by the 6 or 7 musicians as a group. Most pieces were played by alternating individual musicians, not as a group. The trombonist singing one selection was a disaster. Even a 12 year old kid was picked out of the audience and brought on stage. Nothing like the jumping jazz music played at Preservation Hall in past decades (this was my 4th, and last, visit over the past 40 years). Evidently new ownership putting out a cheap product and capitalizing on the great music of the past. Save your money. You are better off buying a CD of some of the great music in the past. Poorest version of "When the Saints go Marching In" that I have ever heard, especially with a vocalist with no voice. I heard better jazz music by street corner rag tag musicians during my visit to New Orleans.
Written October 22, 2023
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