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Old Urseline Convent

1100 Chartres

The Old Urseline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley and the only one to survive from French Colonial Times. Constructed in 1745, it is 25 years younger than the City of New Orleans but 25 years older than the United States. It is a registered Federal landmark.

Guided Tours:

Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday
11:15 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.


Adults - $4.00
Senior Citizens - $2.00
Students - $2.00
Children under 8 - Free

For more information, call (504) 529-3040

Romantic Beauregard-Keyes House

1113 Chartres

One of the most romantic and fascinating old houses in a city which boasts many interesting landmarks is the sumptuous Beauregard-Keyes House. It has changed hands many times and is now a museum. Inside, you'll find many of General Beauregard's family heirlooms as well as several novels written in the house when it was owned by renowned novelist Frances Parkinson Keyes. Outside is a beautiful botanical garden. You'll definitely want to stop here on your trip to New Orleans.
For more information, call (504) 523-7257

The Historic New Orleans Collection

533 Royal Street

The Historic New Orleans Collection consists of 3 parts: The Gallery, The Williams residence, and The History Tour.

The Gallery focuses on New Orleans life. Culture and history are the key points.
The Williams Residence displays the gracious lifestyle that the Collection's founder, Mrs. L. Kepler Williams, lived in the 1940's. Visitors can marvel at the antique furniture and Chinese export porcelain, which are harmonically arranged with contemporary pieces. The townhouse, which dates from the latter part of the 19th century, with its elegant furnishings, creates an atmosphere of quiet elegance.

The History Tour consists of a guided tour through the past. You'll feel like you were transported back to the 17 and 1800's with your visit to the Merieult House. Its beautiful high-ceilinged rooms showcase rare materials selected from the finest of the Collection's holdings. Along the tour, you'll encounter such artifacts as transfer documents from the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and maps that show the growth of New Orleans from an "Old Square." You'll also see an 18th century portrait of the founder of New Orleans - Bienville.

All in all, The Historic New Orleans gives you a taste of Louisiana history, superbly displayed in a landmark building.

Tour Hours

Tuesday - Saturday - 10:00, 11:00 a.m., and 2:00, 3:00 p.m.

Fee: - $2.00 per person per tour.

Reservations are necessary for groups larger than eight.

Williams Residence tour admission: - 12 years old and above.

For more information, call (504) 523-4662

The Hermann-Grima Historic House

820 St. Louis

One of the earliest and best examples of American architecture in the French Quarter, this 1831 mansion with its authentically restored interiors and courtyards reflects the beauty and elegance of a bygone era.

The Hermann-Grimma Historic House is a National Landmark accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Richly planted courtyards and the impressive two-story Mansion House provide a spectacular setting for unforgettable special events.

After touring the French Quarter's last private stable, visitors can browse in the adjacent museum shop.

On Thursdays from October through May, and by reservation, cooks prepare meals in the restored kitchen demonstrating skills and techniques from 1830-1860.

Meticuously restored to its original splendor, the Herman-Grima House accurately depicts the gracious lifestyle of a prosperous Creole family just prior to the Civil War.

Guided tours, special education, and seasonal tours available.


Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Last tour leaves at 3:30)


For more information, call (504) 525-5661

The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

724 Rue Dumaine

This museum is one of the most unique in the world. It houses everything from Gris-Gris (Pronounced Gree-Gree - a Voodoo curse) to world famous voodoo dolls. Inside, you'll find such curiosities as the Spirit Room, Psychic Room, and the Research Library and Lecture Room Outside, the museum offers Tours by Van, and an informative, yet intriguing Swamp Tour.

Inside the gift shop, you'll find ancient Voodoo artifacts such as Voodoo queen Marie Laveau's tools for cursing and hexing, the famous "Love Potion #9", and other Voodoo tools.

In the Spirit Room, you can immerse yourself in a Voodoo witchdoctor's home. Tours are available for $2 and include an anointment of your choice. You also have the option of initiating rituals, readings, personalized charts, and more. Prices for these services range from $10-$121 and up.

In the Research Library and Lecture Room, you'll find old and rare books on Voodoo, the occult, and a special Native American Exhibit. You can also attend seminars on Voodoo and related topics given by speakers from noted universities. Prices range from $10 to $20.

In the Psychic Room you'll find "real", "qualified" psychics who will be your spiritual guide. These psychics are "qualified" to perform palm readings, tarot, and divination. The price is $20 the first 15 minutes, $1.50 each additional minute.

The Outside Tours offer either the walking, van, or swamp tour. Each one it custom-made for the group - meaning you can go where YOU want.

On the Swamp tour, you'll take a journey into the sights, sounds, and tastes of historic old Louisiana. Ride in a pontoon or a flat and visit plantations, a ghost village, and several ancient indian burial mounds. You'll also visit a Cajun family's unusual backyard - filled with 'gators, nutria and other swamp life. The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts approximately 7 and a half hours. The price is $59 per person. You definitely won't want to miss this Cajun/Voodoo adventure.

Admission Prices:

$5 Adults, $4 College Students and Senior Citizens, $3 High School Students, $2 Grade School Students, kids under five, accompanied by an adult are FREE. Group rates are available for 10 or more.

For more information, call (504) 523-7685

St. Louis Cathedral

721 Chartres

Free guided tours of the Cathedral daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays, 2-5 p.m.) Saturday Vigil Mass 6 p.m. Sunday Masses 6:30, 8, 9, 10, and 11:15 a.m., 12:30 and 6 p.m. Holy Day Masses at 8 and 10 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m.

For more information, call (504) 525-9585

St. Patrick's Church

724 Camp

Established in 1833, this church is the oldest parish church outside the French Quarter. It is a national historic landmark. Saturday Vigil 3:45 an 5 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; Latin Mass 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call (504) 525-4413

Gallier House

1118-1132 Royal,

Called "one of the best small museums in the country by the New York Times, the accurately-restored home of architect James Gallier, Jr. is furnished in the elaborate style of the 1860s. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12 noon - 4:30 p.m. (Last tour at 4 p.m., closed holidays.) National Historic Landmark, gift shop, films, and seasonal programs.

For more information, call (504) 523-6722

The Presbytere

751 Chartres

Designed in 1791 as a residence for the priests of neighboring St.Louis Cathedral, this Spanish Colonial buildinghouses the State's collection of paintings, portraiture, decorative art, antique clothing and historic photographs.
Changing exhibitions are mounted in the first and second floor galleries.

For more information, call (504) 568-6968

The 1850 House, Lower Pontalba Building

523 St. Ann

Located in the center of the lower block of row houses facing Jackson Square, the 1850 House depicts daily life in a New Orleans Creole home of the 1850s. Historically re-created rooms offer the visitor an array of 19thcentury New Orleans decorative arts and practical items are displayed to illustrate their original use.

For more information, call (504) 568-6968

The Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade

Designed by architect William Strickland in 1835, this restored Greek Revival factory produced coins for both the United States and the Confederate States of America. Permanent exhibitions of the State Museum's extensive jazz and Mardi Gras memorabelia and an exhibit on the printing process are on display in the building. In addition, the Museum's jazz archives and research library are housed here.

For more information, call (504) 568-6968

The Cabildo

701 Chartres

Built in 1795 to house the Spanish colonial government, the Cabildo later served as City Hall and was the site where the Louisiana Purchase was formalized in 1803. After extensive restoration necessitated by a devastating fire in 1988, the Cabildo is once again open to the public.

For more information, call (504) 568-6968

Musee Conti Wax Museum of Louisiana Legends

917 Conti

This museum tells the story of New Orleans. Meet Andrew Jackson, Jean Lafitte, the Voodoo queen Marie Laveau, Louis Armstrong, Pete Fountain, Edwin Edwards, plus many more Louisiana legends face to face in this wax museum. Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. by admission. Language program, group rates, private parties.

For more information, call (504) 525-2605

Confederate Museum
929 Camp St.

This museum contains memorabelia of the Civil War, as well as personal effects of President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, and other Confederate leaders, The oldest museum in Louisiana, the facility was built in 1891 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum, the second largest Confederate museum in the United States contains a gift shop and a large selection of books. Open Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00p.m.


$3 Adults, $2 Students and senior citizens, $1 children under 12.

For more information, call (504) 523-4522

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