It stands today as a beautiful reminder of both Louisiana’s singular past and its vibrant present.
Welcome to The Presbytère, the architecturally iconic building that sits within the French Quarter of New Orleans, adjacent to the St. Louis Cathedral.
First opened in 1813, under the eye of architect Gualberto Gallimard, it was originally called the Ecclesiastical House, built on the site of a former residence of Capuchin Monks. The building served the community as a general gathering space until 1834, then it became a courthouse, then in 1911 it became a museum dedicated to the state of Louisiana.
During your group's visit to The Presbytère, you will be able to explore state-based exhibits with topics such as Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras. The two main permanent exhibits are based on these topics, telling two very different, very important stories about the state: one of celebration, and one of perseverance and resilience. With Mardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana you will learn about the 'riotous rituals' as you climb aboard a parade float, see various costumes, and learn about the krewes of the past. Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond will show you how one of the worst disasters in American history was overcome.
This is an excellent museum to come visit during your trip to learn about essential local history, see how it fits in with national history, and admire truly wonderful local architecture.
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