The Presbytere Tours

The Presbytere
Even if you can’t visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras, you can still learn all about the famous New Orleans tradition at the Presbytere. Part of the Louisiana State Museum, the Presbytere boasts an interactive exhibition that includes an impressive collection of Mardi Gras artifacts and memorabilia.

"Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana," documents the celebration’s extensive history, from its origins to present day traditions. Visitors also learn about Mardi Gras events in Louisiana’s rural areas.

The Presbytere building has a unique history of its own. It gets its name from its location. It is built on the site of the residence, or presbytere, of the Capuchin monks. It was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo on the other side of St. Louis Cathedral. The Presbytere was used as commercial space and even served as a courthouse from 1834 to 1911 before becoming part of the Louisiana State Museum.

Practical Info

Centrally located on Jackson Square, the Presbytere is easy to visit when in New Orleans. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 4:30pm. It is closed Mondays and state holidays.
Address: 751 Chartres St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA
Admission: $6
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French Quarter Tour with Bourbon Street, Presbytere Haunted House and Beignets

Explore one of the most storied neighborhoods in America on this in-depth tour of NOLA’s French Quarter. In the company of an expert guide, you’ll Learn how Spanish, French, and African cultures mingled in the narrow streets and alleys that produced jazz, voodoo, Mardi Gras, and much more. From the old red-light district of Tango Alley and the Halls of the Presbytere, to a very haunted house and the Cafe du Monde for world-famous beignets, you’ll gain a deep appreciation for what makes New Orleans one of the most unique cities in America.
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Mardi Gras Celebration Tour in New Orleans

Visit the touchstones of Mardi Gras culture in New Orleans historic French Quarter on a 3 hour walking tour including museum admission to the Presbytere Museum's Mardi Gras Exhibit at Jackson Square. Explore the history and origins of this festival as we visit sites central to Mardi Gras and the festival's rich history and how we celebrate it today.  Also included is the admission to State Museum Presbytere at Jackson Square to see the ultimate backstage pass to Mardi Gras. At the Presbytere you will be able to see ballgowns, elaborate, antique carnival favors, a float. The perfect langiappe to end your tour.
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