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The Presbytere, New Orleans

The Presbytere, New Orleans (must see)

A visit to The Presbytère is recommended and worthwhile for at least three reasons.

(1) Built in the 1790s as a matching structure to the Cabildo, which flanks the St. Louis Cathedral on the other side, it is one of the nation's best examples of formal Spanish Colonial style, with a full panoply of Renaissance architectural forms. Destroyed by a hurricane in 1915, the cupola was restored to match the one atop its twin, the Cabildo, and in 1970 the structure was designated a National Historic Landmark.

(2) The first floor is dedicated to "Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond", an exhibition exploring the history, science, and powerful human drama of one of nature's most destructive forces. The well-narrated presentation and graphic display of what happened and how the people of New Orleans coped with the Katrina disaster make you feel as if you were there.

(3) The second floor contains an excellent exhibit detailing the history of Mardi Gras and many not-so-well-known aspects of the city's annual celebration. It's a very compelling and touching display which explains things via first-person accounts, photos, audio, video and beautiful artifacts such as crowns, scepters, costumes and accessories related to the tradition.

The whole exhibition space is much larger than expected – be ready to take about 60-90 mins to get through both floors (especially if you read each poster/artifact).

Why You Should Visit:
Great variety of viewpoints and presentation styles to engage anyone's interest.

Tip:
Go upstairs and visit the Mardi Gras exhibits first, then go through the Katrina exhibit last, as doing it the other way around might prevent you from enjoying the upstairs exhibits fully.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am–4:30pm

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Sight Name: The Presbytere
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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