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The Presbytere

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Address: 751 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA
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+1 504-568-6968
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:30

The Presbytere was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St....

The Presbytere was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. It stands today as a beautiful reminder of both Louisiana's singular past and its vibrant present.The Presbytere, originally called Casa Curial or "Ecclesiastical House," was built on the site of the residence, or presbytere, of the Capuchin monks. The building was used for commercial purposes until 1834 when it became a courthouse. In 1911, it became part of the Louisiana State Museum. Two exhibitions are on display-"Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond" tells of rescue, rebuilding and renewal, and "Mardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana" captures the fun and fantasy of the annual celebration.

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A well-designed, moving, multi-perspective Katrina exhibit

This was my second visit to the Louisiana State Museum's Katrina exhibit. The recorded oral histories of a diverse range of survivors –emergency providers, everyday heroes... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my second visit to the Louisiana State Museum's Katrina exhibit. The recorded oral histories of a diverse range of survivors –emergency providers, everyday heroes, civilians, and tourists– continues to replay in my memory. This is a thoughtfully-designed, immersive and informative exhibit that made me feel deeply. It provides a sobering and critical backdrop to the vibrant resilience of a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The ground floor is dedicated to hurricane Katrina and is a very graphic illustration of the devistation caused to the city and the impact on the individuals. It's a sobering recounting of the devistation caused to the city. On the upper floor there is much to celebrate with a review of Mardi Gras and the history behind it. Great displays... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the most sobering hours I have spent at a museum. The Katrina exhibit is truly heartbreaking and very well done.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum, which is just next door to the St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, has several floors. The second floor is all Mardi Gras, and that is not to be missed. But the main reason to pay the admission is the Katrina exhibit on the first floor. Over time, we forget the magnitude of that disaster, and the displays... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I's a sad subject, but a story that everyone should know. Go see this exhibit while in NOLA. It's a part of history that should be required in textbooks and civics classes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Katrina display in the ground floor of the Presbytere gives an excellent (and disturbing) overview of the build-up to Hurricane Katrina, its effects and the reconstruction effort. It is a sobering counterbalance to the touristy French Quarter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic insight into the impact of Katrina - the affect on the people, the city and the landscape. Fantastic insight into the history of the Mardi Gras. Set over two floors with plenty of things to watch, listen and learn from this is a definite for the New Orleans visitor.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After ten years one would expect a serious effort would be made to present the facts and reasons for this disaster but the exhibit makes use of well worn newsreel footage and a few artifacts. Rather disappointing except perhaps there is an unwillingness to come to terms of so much death, lack of planning, poor performance and corrupt practices that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a little gem of a museum with a singleminded topic: Hurricane Katrina and its effects. You could stay here for 1 1/2 hours and not see everything. If you go on a Katrina tour, you will learn a great deal from this tour. Why four stars? They need to add more artifacts, videos and displays to fully flesh... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Katrina was a life changing experience for everyone! The exhibit explains the horror and the aftermath...and the steps that have been taken to assure this won't happen again.....On a brighter note. The Mardi Gras exhibit was so well done and shed new light on the history of the festivities and the amazing culture that is New Orleans!

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