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St. Louis Cathedral
615 Pere Antoine Aly., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 525-9585
www.stlouiscathedral.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Church/Cathedral of Interest, Historic Building

Description: St. Louis Cathedral, located in the historic French Quarter, is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. It was originally built in 1724 and rebuilt twice after a hurricane and a fire. The present church overlooks beautiful Jackson Square and was dedicated in 1794.
Jackson Square
751 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70181 [Map It]

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Earns it's name for one of three bronze statues of Andrew Jackson located in the center of the square.
French Market
2 French Market Pl., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 522-2621
www.frenchmarket.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Specialty Experience

Description: Founded in 1791, New Orleans’ French Market is the oldest public market in the country. This open-air mall features shopping, dining and music in a tradition that is uniquely New Orleans, yet still reminiscent of some European markets.
The Cabildo
701 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
LouisianaStateMuseum.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Landmark, Historic Building

Description: The Cabildo is one of the most historically significant buildings in America. Built between 1795 and 1799 to replace a structure that burned in the 1794 fire, the Cabildo served as the seat of government in New Orleans during the Spanish colonial period and is the location where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394
www.audubonnatureinstitute.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Aquarium

Description: Discover a world filled with 15,000 water-loving creatures, like graceful seahorses, neon-colored frogs and jaunty penguins. Come face to face with a white alligator. Pet a baby shark. And feel like an undersea explorer as you walk through the 30-foot-long Caribbean Reef tunnel. With so much to explore, you could spend all day at this amazing, state-of-the-art museum.
Steamboat Natchez
1 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 586-8777, (800) 233-2628
www.steamboatnatchez.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Riverboat

Description: This classic Mississippi riverboat sails three times daily, at ll:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Traditional New Orleans jazz is featured and the evening cruise includes dinner (reservations required).
Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 523-4662
www.hnoc.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home, Historic Landmark, Historic Building

Description: Founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and his wife Leila, the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) has a mission of preserving the French Quarter and New Orleans history. Its Royal Street Complex features seven architectural treasures.
The Presbytère
751 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
LouisianaStateMuseum.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The Presbytere houses an elaborate and exquisite collection of Mardi Gras artifacts and memorabilia. The story of New Orleans’ extraordinary Mardi Gras tradition is dynamically told in a high-tech, interactive, permanent exhibition titled "Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana." The exhibit traces the celebration from its ancient origins to the 19th century emergence of New Orleans’ parades and balls to the present-day celebration that attracts millions of visitors each year.
Old Ursuline Convent Museum
1100 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 529-3040

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Church/Cathedral of Interest, Historic Building

Description: Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley. Completed in 1752, it is also the oldest surviving example of the French colonial period in the United States. Often referred to as the Archbishop Antoine Blanc Memorial Complex, the Old Ursuline Convent also houses the Archdiocesan archives. The building is known as the "treasure of the archdiocese".
Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
LouisianaStateMuseum.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Landmark, Historic Building

Description: Built in 1835, the Old U.S. Mint is the only building in America to have served both as a United States and a Confederate Mint. President Andrew Jackson advocated the Mint’s establishment in order to help finance development of the nation’s western frontier.Today's visitor finds a number of stunning permanent exhibits in the Old U.S. Mint including displays of coins that were minted there through 1909 and the stamping presses used to produce them. On the Mint's upper level, the “New Orleans Jazz” exhibit features instruments played by significant jazz musicians, original sheet music, and other memorabilia chronicling the history of jazz from its humble beginnings on the streets of New Orleans. Live "Jazz at the Old Mint performances are staged frequently in the museums's theater.
Beauregard-Keyes House
1113 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 523-7257
www.bkhouse.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant (P.G.T.) Beauregard was a New Orleans native who ordered the first shots of the Civil War fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina in April 1861. Frances Parkinson Keyes was a noted author of more than fifty books and short story collections. Built in 1826, the Chartres Street house they lived in at separate times nearly a century apart bears both of their names and is today a French Quarter landmark.
Gallier House
1132 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 525-5661
www.hgghh.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Among the most prominent architects of this glorious era were the Galliers – James and James, Jr. – father and son. Between the two of them they designed some of New Orleans’ most famous and recognizable landmarks. In 1857, at the height of their fame and prestige, the Galliers designed a home of their own in the 1100 block of Royal Street. It still stands today and Gallier House is one of the true architectural gems of the French Quarter.
Hermann Grima House
820 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 525-5661
www.hgghh.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter is the Hermann-Grima House, thought to be the finest example of American architecture in the area. Built in 1831, this Federal mansion boasts the only stable and functional outdoor kitchen in the French Quarter. The mansion has been beautifully restored through historic research and archaeological studies, and accurately depicts the gracious lifestyle of a wealthy Creole family from 1830 to 1860.
The 1850 House
523 St. Ann St., Lower Pontalba Bldg., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 524-9118, (800) 568-6968
LouisianaStateMuseum.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Faithfully furnished with domestic goods, decorative arts and art of the period, the 1850 House depicts middle class family life during the most prosperous period in New Orleans' history.
Le Petit Theatre
616 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 522-2081
www.lepetittheatre.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance), Historic Building

Description: This community theatre dating back to 1916 is the oldest continually-operated theatre in the country.
Woldenberg Park
1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 565-3033
www.neworleansonline.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Catch a breath of fresh air along the banks of the Mississippi, just steps from the French Quarter. The path along Woldenberg Park and the Moonwalk provides a place to bike, walk or jog with wide, open views of the river - arguably the best in the city. Sit and watch freighters float upriver, listen to local musicians and street performers, or wander down brick walkways through the park's lush landscape. You might even happen upon a festival taking place in the park's outdoor amphitheatre. Great scenery, plus plenty of grass and benches, make it easy to recharge after a day exploring the city.
New Orleans School of Cooking
524 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 525-2665, (800) 237-4841
www.neworleansschoolofcooking.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Cooking School

Description:

Experience the Fun, Food & Folklore of New Orleans at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter housed in a renovated 1800’s molasses warehouse, patrons learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking in an unforgettable way. Fun is a primary ingredient in this kitchen! Our Cajun and Creole experts teach New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, seasoning them with history, trivia and tall tales! The school can accommodate individuals, private group classes, special events and off-site events.

The front of the building hosts The Louisiana General Store, which is a thoughtful collection of the best locally sourced products, used and loved by the New Orleans School of Cooking's family of chefs. The store carries Cajun and Creole products, cookbooks, spices, gift baskets, cookware, and their signature seasoning - Joe’s Stuff™. The store is open for business 9am - 6pm Monday-Saturday and 9am - 5 pm on Sundays.

Whether you take a class, shop the store, or use their products at home – visit the New Orleans School of Cooking as a guest, and leave as family.

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture
1010 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 218-4872
www.themardigrasmuseum.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture features an amazing array of Carnival costumes from New Orleans entertainment producer and costume impresario Carl Mack’s private collection, showcasing the rich history of costuming in New Orleans and the variety of ways in which revelers participate in the celebration of Mardi Gras and the Carnival season.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Laura C. Hudson Visitor Center
419 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 589-3882
www.nps.gov

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The French Quarter retains much of its original character from the 18th and 19th centuries because it is among the oldest protected historic districts in the nation. The Laura C. Hudson Visitor Center on the eastern edge of the French Quarter features an extensive exhibition of the history and conflict that surrounded the founding and shaping of present-day New Orleans and the French Quarter. Life-sized murals transport the visitor into the swamps, rivers and bayous of southern Louisiana. Exhibits highlight the significance and importance of the Mississippi River to the city, alongside exhibits of native plants and wildlife. Interactive displays introduce guests to the beginnings of Louisiana food, folkways and festivals.
Pharmacy Museum
514 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 565-8027
www.pharmacymuseum.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Louis Joseph Dufilho, Jr. of New Orleans became America’s first licensed pharmacist. Today, Dufilho’s 1823 apothecary shop on Chartres Street in the French Quarter houses what is widely believed to be the largest and most diverse pharmaceutical collection in a single location in the United States, containing old patent medicines, books, and pharmaceutical equipment dating back as far as the early 1800s.
Madame John's Legacy
632 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
LouisianaStateMuseum.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Madame John's Legacy is one of the finest 18th century building complexes in Louisiana. It is one of the few French Quarter structures that escaped the great fire of 1794, which leveled much of city’s oldest section. The structures on the site from the early 1780s were destroyed by the conflagration and Madame John's was erected on a burnt-out lot that same year.
Williams Research Center
410 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 598-7171
www.hnoc.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The Williams Research Center, also known as The Historic New Orleans Collection, is a research facility and museum dedicated to the preservation of New Orleans and Louisiana culture through historic documents, books, and photographs. The research center opened in 1996 and serves as the Collection’s primary public research facility. Inside, you can find original documents, manuscripts, and photographs, as well as over 35,000 library items, which contribute to the rich culture of the city.
The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
916 North Peters St., French Market, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 589-4806
www.nps.gov

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Theatre (Performance)

Description: New Orleans is universally considered to be the birthplace of the uniquely American brand of music known as Jazz. The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park was created in 1994 to commemorate this memorable musical legacy. The park’s purpose is to preserve information, resources, and sites related to the beginnings and progressions of jazz in New Orleans.
Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans
933 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 302-1382
www.icmnola.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Cultural Center

Description:

Located on a historic French Quarter property the Irish Cultural Museum explores the over 200 year history of the Irish in New Orleans. The compelling saga is told through interactive kiosks, exhibits, genealogy resources and an award-winning documentary. Cultural events are scheduled throughout the year.

The museum is also home to St. Patrick's Coffee House, a coffee and whiskey bar.

Museum admission is FREE and open to the public.

Bottom of the Cup Tea Room
327 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(800) 729-7148
www.bottomofthecup.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Specialty Experience, Cultural Center

Description: Find out your future from one of the legendary psychics at this old New Orleans favorite. Shop for tea, jewelry and crystals while you wait or book this venue for a private party!
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