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Madame John's Legacy

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Address: 632 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3211
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+1 504-568-6968
10:00 - 16:30
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The second-oldest building in the Mississippi Valley and a fine example of...

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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A happy find.

We found this museum wandering around the city on foot. It was a lovely surprise. It was a lovely, quiet space to be in after the noise of the French Quarter on game day.

Reviewed 8 December 2016
Stephanie W
Frederick, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely exterior and courtyard in back, but current ceramic exhibit was a little dull and uninteresting to me.

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White Plains, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very special place in the heart of the French Quarter. We just happened to be passing on the street and walked in. It dates from the 1780s and the history and features were well described. Right now (March 2017) there is also an interesting exhibition of Newcomb Pottery of New Orleans from the 1880s-1940s.Also, it is a... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

We found this museum wandering around the city on foot. It was a lovely surprise. It was a lovely, quiet space to be in after the noise of the French Quarter on game day.

Thank Stephanie W
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

since this place survived some of the early great fires in new Orleans it is one of the oldest places in town. I like to look at how old places are constructed so I really liked it - others might be disappointed. can't beat the price though ( free ). there usually is a small exhibit in place. currently it... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Considering the history of this house I was expecting there to be a fair amount of information as regards the history of the building but no, it was about it being a pottery and whilst the pottery was lovely, I was very puzzled. There is one room dedicated to a bit of history but that's it. I'm glad it was... More 

Thank Karen C
Bartlett, Tennessee
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

What a wonderful treat to visit this historic site and find this display of pottery. Absolutely breathtaking. Loved this house.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

This is a great little free museum and is well worth a quick stop in to see some neat pottery and read about the history of the women who made it. The museum is only made 5-6 small rooms in total so you don't need long to see it all; even a half hour would probably do. It's right in... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 26 March 2016

I wanted to visit this museum in the middle of the French Quarter because of its architectural character that is of historical significance. Specifically, it has the old structural walls made of clay-baked brick and diagonal timbers from the 1700's still standing with an open wall area for viewing. Much of that Louisiana-Creole design had been destroyed by fires or... More 

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Reviewed 21 March 2016

We came here while touring the French Quarter, unlike other house museums it is not set out as a living house. The rooms housed display cabinets and some rooms were empty so you could take time to look at the ceilings or fireplaces. Good place to walk through lots to see and no fuss or charge the gentle man in... More 

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Reviewed 18 January 2016

This is not a furnished period home, but one of the oldest in the city open to the public. Not only is this a great find for architecture buffs, but it houses a display of Arts and Crafts Newcomb pottery. This makes for an interesting half hour or so.


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