The Presbytere
The Presbytere
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Presbytere was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. It stands today as a beautiful reminder of both Louisiana's singular past and its vibrant present.The Presbytere, originally called Casa Curial or "Ecclesiastical House," was built on the site of the residence, or presbytere, of the Capuchin monks. The building was used for commercial purposes until 1834 when it became a courthouse. In 1911, it became part of the Louisiana State Museum. Two exhibitions are on display-"Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond" tells of rescue, rebuilding and renewal, and "Mardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana" captures the fun and fantasy of the annual celebration.
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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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  • Rhonda Whiten
    Pace, Florida111 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras museum
    Small museum with 2 main themes, Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras. The bottom floor is all about Hurricane Katrina. Such a sad time for the people of NOLA. The top floor is dedicated to Mardi Gras costumes, jewels, and masks.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Jenny from Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz, California796 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inexpensive ticket for two great exhibitions
    When we were there, it had two exhibitions and both were very well done. The exhibition on Hurricane Katrina was very emotional, with lots of personal stories in addition to some interesting insights about the science of the flood. A few parts of the science part were broken, but it was still very effective. There was also a great exhibition about the history of Mardi Gras that answered a lot of questions I'd been wondering about, in addition to having some fun and fabulous outfits. I also good a good giggle about the museum bathroom door looking like a line of mardi gras porta potties. This was an inexpensive ticket, and was well-worth the price.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 4, 2024
  • Tom S
    Ypsilanti, Michigan190 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very moving exhibit on Hurricane Katrina
    We had less than an hour at the Prebytere, so we only had time to experience the exhibit about Hurricane Katrina and not the one about Mardi Gras. The exhibit was very well-done, informative, and emotionally impactful. I'd recommend it-- admission was only $7, and it's located right on Jackson Square so it's very convenient if you're already in the French Quarter.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 27, 2024
  • Angela C
    157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learn it all about Katrina and Mardi Gras
    The Presbytere was really amazing. The Katrina exhibit was sobering. As someone who only saw it on TV I was shocked at what I learned. The Mardi Gras exhibit was so detailed. i had next to zero knowledge of what goes into Mardi Gras celebrations. It is NOT all about drinking and beads! There is humor involved in creating the floats. The pageantry of the costumes are quite elaborate. Give yourself some time here to read everything.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2024
  • Christopher C
    Patchogue, New York262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see in the French Quarter
    I’ve been three times now over many years. This was the second time we saw the Katrina exhibit, still very moving. The Mardi Gras exhibit has been here for a while also, but they’ve changed and added to it, and still very enjoyable to go through, and very interesting. This is a must visit when you are in New Orleans, doesn’t cost much, doesn’t take long and it’s in the middle of everything!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
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Joseph T
Olathe, KS67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Interesting exhibit on Katrina hurricane. The Mardi Gras exhibit could put more emphasis on the history and meaning of the festival. We didn't really get the exhibit.
Written May 7, 2024
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Christopher C
Patchogue, NY262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I’ve been three times now over many years. This was the second time we saw the Katrina exhibit, still very moving. The Mardi Gras exhibit has been here for a while also, but they’ve changed and added to it, and still very enjoyable to go through, and very interesting. This is a must visit when you are in New Orleans, doesn’t cost much, doesn’t take long and it’s in the middle of everything!
Written April 4, 2024
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Michael O
Lichfield, UK767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A contemporary view of Louisiana with a range of features showing life in the state and if you want a feel of Mardi Gras there is a permanent carnival time exhibition.
Written April 2, 2024
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jillatin
Westfield, NJ73 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great location in tourist area and reasonably priced. But exhibits aren’t labeled well, so we often didn’t know what we were looking at. There was lots to see but we were disappointed.
Written March 18, 2024
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Jon R
Swansea, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Incredible exhibit on hurricane Katrina - would recommend to anyone. Didn't fully appreciate the full devastation caused until now.
Written March 5, 2024
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Angela C
157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Presbytere was really amazing. The Katrina exhibit was sobering. As someone who only saw it on TV I was shocked at what I learned. The Mardi Gras exhibit was so detailed. i had next to zero knowledge of what goes into Mardi Gras celebrations. It is NOT all about drinking and beads! There is humor involved in creating the floats. The pageantry of the costumes are quite elaborate. Give yourself some time here to read everything.
Written March 2, 2024
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Tom S
Ypsilanti, MI190 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had less than an hour at the Prebytere, so we only had time to experience the exhibit about Hurricane Katrina and not the one about Mardi Gras. The exhibit was very well-done, informative, and emotionally impactful. I'd recommend it-- admission was only $7, and it's located right on Jackson Square so it's very convenient if you're already in the French Quarter.
Written February 27, 2024
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Paga
Minneapolis, MN12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
1st floor all about Katrina. Much of which had been covered on news but there was also a lot of small details & video that expanded on what the general public knew.
2nd floor was history of Mardi Gras. Also very interesting.
Written February 8, 2024
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Jenny from Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
When we were there, it had two exhibitions and both were very well done. The exhibition on Hurricane Katrina was very emotional, with lots of personal stories in addition to some interesting insights about the science of the flood. A few parts of the science part were broken, but it was still very effective.
There was also a great exhibition about the history of Mardi Gras that answered a lot of questions I'd been wondering about, in addition to having some fun and fabulous outfits. I also good a good giggle about the museum bathroom door looking like a line of mardi gras porta potties.
This was an inexpensive ticket, and was well-worth the price.
Written February 5, 2024
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JWilcoxRN
Lee's Summit, MO144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Nice display about hurricane Katrina downstairs. Upstairs is nice Madi Gras display of costumes and background info about the parade and balls.
Written January 7, 2024
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