The Voodoo Tour (Self Guided), New Orleans

Being a multicultural city, New Orleans provided an ideal setting for the practice of Voodoo. Some people get scared to death by the mystical rituals, others get easily tempted by the idea of achieving anything they want by the means of spells and incantations, but most are just curious to know what Voodoo is. If you'd like to find out by yourself, don't miss the chance to go on the tour listed below.
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The Voodoo Tour Map

Guide Name: The Voodoo Tour
Guide Location: USA » New Orleans (See other walking tours in New Orleans)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: ann
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Voodoo Authentica
  • New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
  • Marie Laveau House of Voodoo
  • Voodoo Blues
  • Reverend Zombie's House of Voodoo
  • Voodoo Spiritual Temple
  • St. Louis Cemetery #1 and #2
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Voodoo Authentica

1) Voodoo Authentica

Voodoo Authentica was established in 1996 and represents a cultural center dedicated to Voodoo. Here you will find experts to perform Voodoo rituals, spell reading and consultations. They also have a big collection of handmade Voodoo dolls and other traditional Haitian and African Voodoo items, all for sale. The center is located on the Dumaine Street in the French Quarter.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm;
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New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

2) New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

Strange, unique, spooky, fun and scary, the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum provides the curious an introductory look into the world of Voodoo. Established in 1972 by artist Charles Massicot Gandolfo, the museum is located in the French Quarter between Bourbon Street and Royal Street. The museum’s focus is Louisiana Voodoo which is also known as New Orleans Voodoo.

Voodoo is an ancient religion, of spirits, whose roots are based in Western Africa. When the slaves landed on the shores of Louisiana, they brought this mysterious and often misunderstood practice with them. The Voodoo religion eventually merged with native French and Spanish culture to create its own distinct branch of the faith.

Although the museum only consists of two rooms, it is jam packed with items. There are skulls, altars, and masks everywhere. The local priestess will even give you a psychic reading in person or by phone. For those who wish to take the experience further, ritual services with local practitioners can be arranged. These services range from blessings and curse removals to weddings.

The gift shop sells love potions, books, chicken feet, gris-gris (amulet) bags, snake oils, books, dolls, candles, and other mementos. There is also a Voodoo Cemetery Walking Tour that takes you to the tomb of the great Marie. They are open seven days a week from 10 am to 6 pm.
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Marie Laveau House of Voodoo

3) Marie Laveau House of Voodoo

Located on the world famous Bourbon Street, the Marie Laveau House of Voodoo is a popular tourist attraction. The shop is named after the mother of New Orleans' Voodoo, Marie Laveau. Here you will find all sorts of eye-catching odds and ends, occult books and much more.

Operation Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 10 am - 11.30 pm; Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 1.30 am.
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Voodoo Blues

4) Voodoo Blues

Voodoo Blues represents a small gift shop located on Bourbon Street. Not really the place to come with your children, because you might find the things sold here a little scary and obscene. Voodoo Blues specializes in selling tarot cards and Voodoo books, as well as some interesting greeting cards.
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Reverend Zombie's House of Voodoo

5) Reverend Zombie's House of Voodoo

Reverend Zombie's House of Voodoo represents an interesting Voodoo shop. Here you will find any book on the occult, or Voodoo relic, you are looking for along with instructions on how to use it. You will also find a lot of weird souvenirs to amaze your friends and family with.
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Voodoo Spiritual Temple

6) Voodoo Spiritual Temple

The New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple was established in New Orleans, Louisiana in May 1990 by Priest Oswan Chamani and Priestess Miriam Chamani. Over the years the Temple has grown in its knowledge of Voodoo in relation with World Religions, and serves many people throughout America and the World. The Temple follows a unique version of Voodoo that combines elements of other spiritual paths with traditional practices. It has become known through television and movie production, and is visited by representatives of universities, anthropologists, and researchers in African-based religion. The Temple has a troupe of sacred drummers called the Krewe of Nutria led, in part, by Louis Martinie', who have played for the New Orleans Voodoo Museum, and at various local functions. The Temple combines several Voodoo traditions from all over the world. Inside of the building there are lots of altars. The Temple has a souvenir shop and the owner, Priestess Miriam, is always glad to receive curios guests to her Voodoo temple. It is located at 828 North Rampart Street in the French Quarter across from Historic Congo Square Park where African slaves held their rituals every Sunday evening in the Seventeen through Eighteen Hundreds.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St. Louis Cemetery #1 and #2

7) St. Louis Cemetery #1 and #2 (must see)

It would seem odd that cemeteries are a tourist attraction, but not for the city of New Orleans. The above ground resting places represent an important part of their history and display beautiful Spanish and French design. Two of the most famous cemeteries are Saint Louis Cemetery #1 and #2.

Saint Louis Cemetery #1 was established in 1789. It replaced the Saint Petersburg Cemetery. It is located eight blocks away from the Mississippi River on Basin Street. Many impressive people are entombed in the many crypts and tombs. Some notable residents include the Civil Rights activist Homer Plessy, Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and sugar industry pioneer Etienne de Boré.

Saint Louis Cemetery #2 was established in 1823. It is located three blocks away from Saint Louis Cemetery #1 on Claiborne Avenue and has over 100,000 burials. A protestant section is also located on the grounds. Many notable people are entombed in Saint Louis Cemetery #2, including Civil War hero Andre Cailloux, Jazz musician Danny Barker, rhythm and blues singer Ernie K. Doe, and sainthood candidate Blessed Mother Henriette DeLille. In addition, the graveyard is the final resting place of several politicians.

Tip:
It seems like the church has closed the #1 cemetery to self-guided tours due to unwanted late night ceremonies and vandalism; however, you can book a guided tour, day-side (be sure it is led by a guide with a license to enter the cemetery and not just talk about it outside its walls). If you're not a fan of guides or tours, try the #2 cemetery, which is free.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am-3pm; Sun: 9am-12pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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