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 in 1834, then a courthouse. In 1911, it turned into the Louisiana State Museum and has been a mainstay of tourism ever since.
There are two primary exhibits, each one telling a different side of Louisiana’s past. One is a story of resilience, the other of celebration. Traveling and temporary exhibits delve deeper into the state’s character. Admission is only $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/students/active military, and you can get a 20 percent discount for groups of 15+.
A Historical Journey
There’s only so much you can gather of New Orleans’s story at more well-known tourist destinations. At the Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond exhibit, you’ll be able to get a comprehensive look at what living in hurricane country is like. Education programs focusing on lesson plans, scavenger hunts and field trips help educators customize learning experiences. Want a sneak peek? Virtual tours are available on their website!
Visit the museum Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 751 Chartres Street, conveniently located in the heart of the French Quarter.