The Presbytère, New Orleans

The Presbytère, New Orleans (must see)

The Presbytere, originally named the Casa Curial, is located on the site of the former Capuchin monk’s residence. Although the building was supposed to house the clergy, it never did. Currently, it houses exhibits from the Louisiana State Museum. It is located in the French Quarter near the Saint Louis Cathedral along Jackson Square.

Construction began in 1791 and was completed in 1813. The building was originally used for commerce until 1834. In 1834, the building was used by the Louisiana Supreme Court. In 1853, the cathedral was sold to the city. In 1908, the city sold the building to the state. In 1911, the museum became part of the Louisiana State Museum. In 1970, the structure was declared a National Historic Landmark.

One of the most interesting displays is the Hurricane Katrina exhibit. Hurricane Katrina was a major hurricane whose effects are still seen and felt in New Orleans today. There is also a Mardi Gras exhibit that tells the story of Fat Tuesday and its many traditions from beginning to end. Two of the highlights of the Mardi Gras exhibit are the realistic costumes and the float recreations.

Why You Should Visit:
Lots of beautiful artifacts such as crowns, scepters, costumes, and party accessories related to the Mardi Gras tradition on the second floor. Of course, the first floor had powerful and compelling images, documentaries, news, interviews, and artifacts related to Hurricane Katrina and its effect on Louisiana.

Tip:
Go upstairs and visit the Mardi Gras exhibits first, and then go through the Katrina exhibit last, as doing it the other way around might prevent you from enjoying the MG exhibits fully.
The whole exhibition space is much larger than expected – be ready to take about 90+min to get through both floors (especially if you read each poster/artifact).

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-4:30pm

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Sight Map

Sight Name: The Presbytère
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Cultural Walking Tour in New Orleans   French Quarter Orientation Walk  

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