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1850 House

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French Quarter
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Address: 523 St Ann Street, New Orleans, LA 70116-3318
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+1 (504) 524-9118

Few places offer the chance to experience the lifestyle of our ancestors of...

Few places offer the chance to experience the lifestyle of our ancestors of more than 150 years ago. The 1850 House is one of these rare places, offering a glimpse of middle- and upper-class life in antebellum New Orleans, the most prosperous period in the city's history. This furnished rowhouse in the Lower Pontalba Building, represents a mid-19th century home. Visitors encounter the stories of the Baroness Pontalba, the woman who constructed the building and the people who lived here in the 1850s.

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See the way people used to live

One thing I love about the French Quarter is how much bigger the buildings are than what you might picture! I walked into the door of the 1850 house and was amazed how much space... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The 1850 House is a self guided tour for $3.00. The small house consists of 7 rooms with a laminated brochure. You can take as long as you want but most will complete the tour in 15-20 min. The rooms provide a glimpse of life in 1850s New Orleans. The 1850 House also offers a 2 hour walking tour of... More 

Thank C K
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We spent about 20 minutes there. Some interesting things to see, but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this place again. There are approximately 6 rooms to see and maybe 20 signs to read. However it only cost $3 per person, so it's not a big investment.

Thank Erica R
Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One thing I love about the French Quarter is how much bigger the buildings are than what you might picture! I walked into the door of the 1850 house and was amazed how much space the home encompassed. It was airy and cool and like stepping back in time. Loved it. Also contains some stunning oil paintings and furniture.

Thank Del_Blackwater
Park Forest, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

enjoyed viewing the rooms all furnished with antique, period pieces. Many stairs to climb, not for disabled.

Thank lyndenfa
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would say you can breeze through this in 10-15 minutes. Well preserved and fairly interesting, but nothing earth shattering.

Thank Andy B
Kelowna, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We signed up for a historic walking tour through the Museum and this house was where we met for that tour. Our ticket included the tour of the house and we cam back at a later date and went through the house. It is well signed and quite interesting.

Thank Stancer
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We very much enjoyed the tour, but my wife fell in love with some of the jewelry in the gift shop. So we went back a couple times to browse and buy. Cute store right back Jackson Square - stop in!

Thank RickW08
Skokie, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Basically, the tour is not guided. The room are persevered as the would have been in 1850. Fun to look at, décor is always interesting.

1 Thank ArmenianAdrineh
Redmond, Washington
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not do the tour and I do not think this house could have held my attention long enough for a guided tour. The furnishings give you a good idea of what it was like back then and the descriptions are somewhat interesting though not spell binding. (Yes, I have been on many historical tours that really were fascinating.)... More 

1 Thank Stork6066
Placitas, New Mexico
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour is free on the same day you take a Friends of the Cabildo tour. Otherwise, I think it is $5. They recently renovated it, so it looks great. Worth checking out just to see what an apartment in the Pontalba building looks like!

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