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Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum

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Really something!

We were invited up here to take a look around and we were astounded. First of all, Germaine Wells... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Saint Louis, Missouri
Haunted in the Best Way Possible

Although labeled a museum, this would be more properly called a gallery or, from a certain... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2018
New York City, New York
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Find old Mardi Gras costumes and ball gowns dating back to the early 20th century.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
813 Bienville St, On the second floor of Arnaud's restaurant, New Orleans, LA 70112-3121
French Quarter
+1 504-523-5433
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

We were invited up here to take a look around and we were astounded. First of all, Germaine Wells was quite a woman! The collection of Mardi Gras dresses and hats was just amazing. Photos don't do them justice. To see the dresses up close...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Delphine384
Reviewed 19 July 2018

Although labeled a museum, this would be more properly called a gallery or, from a certain perspective: a shrine--and I mean that without the slightest degree of sarcasm. You access the Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum via the main entrance of Arnaud's, the NOLA restaurant...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank NewYorkTom77
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Germaine wells has the distinction of being Mardi gras queen more than anyone else. She also started a parade for easter. I think its fun to see the costumes she wore, and its kind of weird and creepy too. I think her spirit is wandering...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Cynthia S
Reviewed 12 June 2017

If you've missed the Mardi Gras parades, fear not: a visit to this wonderful, but small, museum will put you right back such that you'll think you had been there. Many of the original costumes are on display, showcasing the brilliant and intricate sewing work...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Stephen D
Reviewed 31 March 2017

I was in New Orleans and always interested in Mardi Gras and this place has a wealth of historical data that I was overwhelmed by its gowns and crowns of Kings and Queens and how everyone in the old days took it all so seriously....More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank pollytalknyc
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Its always great to get a taste of history and this was just that an informative quick inexpensive taste. Enjoyed!

Date of experience: June 2016
Reviewed 30 November 2016

I really enjoyed the hour tour. New Orleans is rich in history and this is one of those places. It is a short one hour tour of the history of Mardi Gras and the makings of the costumes and floats. It would be a shame...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Juls822013
Reviewed 23 October 2016

By far very interesting. Amazing movie dress up and photographs of the way they make floats. This was the best thing I saw in Nola.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank paws0810
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

I was disappointed to learn the museum was closed for renovation. There was no indication it was closed on Arnaud's website highlighting the museum. I specifically went to the restaurant to see the museum. They really should update their website to say so. The whole...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Leslie B
Reviewed 6 October 2015

This place is a hoot! We saw it as part of a culinary guided tour so the guide was able to talk through a little bit of history as we passed through. It was neat to see the large and elaborate collection of costumes that...More

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank TedNorthScottsdale
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23 December 2016|
Response from Leslie B | Reviewed this property |
"Viewing of the priceless collection and memorabilia is free to the public during restaurant hours seven days a week." But I would double check to make sure they're done with their renovations first. It wasn't open when we... More