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Old Ursuline Convent Museum

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The Old Ursuline Convent was erected in 1745 and occupied until 1824 by Ursuline nuns as a convent, orphanage and school for girls. This historic building is now home to a brilliant museum with both permanent and changing exhibits.
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1100 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2505
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Spooky....got a chill as the tour guide described the history of the Ursuline nuns and the women that lived there.

Thank Sheila S
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

I went on a day when no guide was available, so I went in alone. What a fabulous place with such rich history. The attendant in the gift shop gave me an overview and I set out on a self tour. I thoroughly enjoyed the...More

Thank Smarty J
Reviewed 11 July 2018

It's worth at least a short visit if not longer and the building is one of the oldest in the French Quarter. The convent housed nuns of the Ursuline Order - very early arrivals.

Thank gyzngalz
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

This is a very interesting place to go to learn about Catholicism and New Orleans. It also has a fascinating timeline showing exactly when different religious and ethnic groups arrived to the melting pot that is New Orleans. It has a few pretty relics, some...More

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Got in as a student couple. The convent had a lot of Catholic history and artifacts. A beautiful chapel and cool wedding reception venue in the back.

Thank lilguy10
Reviewed 20 June 2018

The grounds are lovely and it is interesting to note that this is a former center for the American settlement. Inside, read commentary copied from one of the founding nun's letters to the church - poignant and hilarious. She suffered through a 5 month sea...More

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 15 June 2018

Upon arrival you go to the Gift Shop to purchase tickets for the Museum. We were greeting by a very pleasant woman (I wish I could remember her name) who offered to tell us a bit about the church and museum. She was very knowledgeable...More

Thank p0etnm0ti0n
Reviewed 2 June 2018

This was an interesting stop that only takes 45 minutes or so. You get to go on a short self guided tour and learn about the Catholic history of New Orleans. I most enjoyed the film on the St. Louis Cathedral.

Thank lambs1
Reviewed 30 May 2018

In the 1700’s, nuns came from France to found a convent and to educate young girls. It was fascinating to learn about how they came here and what they did. The church itself is lovely, as are the grounds and the statues. Well worth a...More

Thank SuzyQu15
Reviewed 18 May 2018

My daughter and I went to the Old Ursuline Convent last weekend. It was so interesting to see the artifacts there and to imagine all the nuns that had lived there and cared for orphans and taught the girls of the city. There are not...More

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Christine M
3 May 2018|
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Response from cdhcch | Reviewed this property |
Depends on you. I would give at least 30 minutes for fast readers. I like history so 1 hour plus. See the Keyes Mansion.
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