Madame John's Legacy
Madame John's Legacy
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This building is currently undergoing major restoration projects and is closed to the public. The second-oldest building in the Mississippi Valley and a fine example of Creole architecture, this center offers exhibits on history and Creole-style art.
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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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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
Feb 2019
New Orleans has so much to offer in terms of restaurants and culture and historical sites. You need a week to comfortably experience all there is, or at least most of it. One must-see destination is Madame John's Legacy, a historic house museum that is one of the oldest houses in the French Quarter. Located at 632 Dumaine Street, north of Jackson Square, between Royal and Chartres Streets, it was built in 1788 in the older French colonial style rather than the more current Spanish colonial style of that period. It was declared a National Historic Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 for its architectural significance. It is a French colonial raised cottage with a full-height basement built out of brick on the ground level and a wood frame main level above. The exterior is clad in wooden boards. Behind the main building is an open courtyard with a brick slave quarters, kitchen and garconniere at the rear of the property that probably dates to the 1820s. While historians point to 1788 as the date of completion for the current house's construction, archaeological evidence suggests an earlier house occupied the site circa 1730. Film buffs might recall that part of the motion picture 12 Years a Slave was filmed at the house.
Written February 12, 2019
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Jodi H
Augusta, GA3,150 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Madame John’s Legacy is located at 632 Dumaine Street. This is one of the oldest houses in the French Quarter. It was built in 1788 in French colonial architecture. Right now you can only see the outside because it’s under restoration. The museum is closed. On my next trip to New Orleans I hope it has reopened.
Written January 17, 2019
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Thank you for stopping by our property. We are fortunate enough to have secured State funding for several projects to not only restore, but protect the building from future damage. We will likely be closed for a year or more, but we have great things planned for the building when we reopen!
Written January 19, 2019
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shannhugo440
Halifax, Canada343 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
This place is not a quintessential stop in a New Orleans trip, but seeing that it is a free attraction, so it's is a good spot to go if you have time to kill. It has several displays of pottery, which are quite pretty. There is also a bit on architecture and how the city used to look like before and after a couple fires. There are a couple nice spots where you can see the courtyard in behind and on the balcony there is some nice buildings to take pictures of/with. It isn't that busy, but again for a free attraction it is at least somewhat interesting. The state museums are all well maintained and presented, and it does stay within this and packs a good bit of history into the small site.
Written May 29, 2018
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Caroline L
Los Angeles, CA2,322 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Free and open to the public. Chances are you’ll cross this in your exploration of the French quarter so why not have a look. It doesn’t take but about 10 minutes to see everything and the courtyard is beautiful. Great photo op with nice scenery in background. Although they do not let you go into the courtyard so you can take photos on balcony. Small pottery collection and history of building. Great break from souvenir shops
Written March 1, 2018
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shroudedquest
Lisbon, IA32 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
We happened on this en route to a different attraction, saw it was free, and decided it was worth a peek.

It was great to see the inside of a Creole style house. It was a self guided exhibit that included info plaques on the wall about the building. An added bonus was the beautiful pottery displayed in the rooms of the house.
Written January 20, 2018
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We are very proud of this gem in the Quarter! Dating back to 1788, it is a rare find in a much more modern world! Very happy that you enjoyed your visit.
Written January 22, 2018
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tumbleweedchris
Richland, WA972 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
This houses is free and open to the public. It is a rather small home that is pretty bare asides from a couple pottery exhibits. There isn't much info on the home and I couldn't really tell you much about Madame John from visiting.There's nothing particularly objectionable about this place since it is free, but there's also really nothing interesting or educational about it at all. Skip this one.
Written December 29, 2017
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Gerry B
Sequim, WA22 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Our carriage tour driver recommended this museum and the hours on-line and posted at the front door said they were open. We arrived and it was closed. We called their number and were told they were closed all week. Poor communication.
Written October 14, 2017
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TM J
London, Canada16 contributions
Apr 2017
It was an enjoyable quick visit....free to public which was good to see...I liked more because of its historical value.
Shows you what a home would have been like in its era.
Written April 27, 2017
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SimbiPetwo
New Orleans, LA177 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
This museum is free and in the heart of the French Quarter. Site of scenes in Interview with a Vampire, Jonah Hex, and many more.
Written April 26, 2017
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Kim Y
5 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
Lovely exterior and courtyard in back, but current ceramic exhibit was a little dull and uninteresting to me.
Written April 6, 2017
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