Category Archives: Historic Sites

Frenchmen Art Market

  Visit the original, weekly night market where local art and fabulous jewelry is yours to discover. Explore a variety of creative crafts, all from local artists. It’s a family-friendly outing and a genuine cultural experience, all tucked into historic Frenchmen Street. With live music setting the stage for a unique shopping experience, visitors can…

Old U.S. Mint

  Located at 400 Esplanade Street in the French Quarter, the Old U.S. Mint is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and admission is always free. The historic building opened in 1835 and is the only American building to be both a U.S. and Confederate Mint. Designed by architect William Strickland…

Pharmacy Museum

  One of New Orleans’ best kept secrets is the Pharmacy Museum, centrally located and established by Louis J. Dufilho Jr. in 1816. As the first licensed pharmacist in the country, he was quick to claim that position after an 1804 law passed which required all pharmacists take exams. Visit the very first licensed apothecary…

Satchmo SummerFest

  Located at the Old U.S. Mint, the celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s birth August 4, 1901 always means a party. He changed American music for good by his 20s, and by the time he was in his 70s he was revolutionary in the music industry. Turning jazz into the pop music that we know…

Visit Metairie Cemetery

Why visit a cemetery at one of the liveliest cities in the country? The famed Metairie Cemetery is within city limits and used to be a horse racing track in the 1800s. During the race days, it was home to the Lexington-Lecomte Race of 1854, dubbed the “North against the South” showdown where even President…

Haunted Lalaurie Mansion

  New Orleans can be a spooky place, and Lalaurie House is one of the city’s most notorious haunted destinations. For over 150 years, it’s been called the most terrifying location in the French Quarter, allegedly haunted by Madame Lalaurie herself. The ghost story began in 1832 when Dr. Louis Lalaurie and his wife, Delphine,…

Prytania Theatre Happenings

  Located at 5339 Prytania Street, this circa-1914 theatre was originally opened by Jacobs and Landry. In 1917, the modern theatre included more seating capacity than any other theatre in the area with bigger seats and state-of-the-art appliances. However, in 1926, just after midnight, a streetcar operator noticed the theatre was ablaze. He woke nearby…

Visit Pitot House

  Open Wednesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the gorgeous Pitot House on Bayou St. John features the sole Creole colonial country house in Louisiana that’s open to the public. Admission is just $10 or $7 for children or seniors. The house showcases the story of life on the bayou during early…

Discover the Presbytère

  At the Presbytère, a 1791 building created to complement the Cabildo, you’ll discover a staple of the French Quarter. Today, it’s an homage to the city’s unique past and a reflection of the present. Originally dubbed the Ecclesiastical House, it was a part of the Capuchin monk property. It became a key commercial building…

New Orleans Cemetery Tours

New Orleans is unique in so many ways. From the festivals and the food to the history and the shopping. Sitting below sea level, there is one more thing unique about our town, the cemeteries. While cemeteries are not typically a tourist attraction, our cemeteries are one of a kind. Due to the high water table…