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French Quarter Attractions

French Quarter Attractions

There’s a reason so many visitors flock to the French Quarter every day – both locals and tourists can’t get enough of the unique area’s unique attractions. From the beautiful architecture to art galleries, museums, restaurants, and bars, the French Quarter has something for everyone – no matter what your interests, budget, or age may be. Join up with a tour and learn more about the fascinating history of the area, or spend the entire day exploring and shopping in the area, topping everything off with an excellent meal in a world-famous restaurant and some live music. With so much culture, history, and entertainment, you’ll find a unique and exciting experience around every corner.

 
French Quarter Attractions
The 1850 House
523 St. Ann St., Lower Pontalba Bldg., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 524-9118, (800) 568-6968
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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.
Archdiocesan Archives
1100 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 529-2651
www.archdiocese-no.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Research Facility

Description: The Archdiocesan Archives serves as the official research facility and repository for the records of the New Orleans Archdiocese. The organization’s ultimate goal is to serve and support the mission of the Archdiocese, which is to collect, organize, and document the records of Catholicism in Louisiana. The Archdiocese of New Orleans includes eight civil parishes in the surrounding area.
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.
The Cabildo
701 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
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Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Site, 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.
French Market
2 French Market Pl., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 522-2621
www.frenchmarket.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Other Attraction

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.
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.
Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 598-7100
www.hnoc.org

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

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.
Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans
933 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 481-8593
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.
Jackson Square
751 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70181 [Map It]

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

Description: Earns it name for one of three bronze statues of Andrew Jackson located in the center of the square
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.
Le Petit Theatre
616 Saint 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.
Madame John's Legacy
632 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
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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 in the early 1780's were destroyed by the conflagration and Madame John's was erected on the burnt-out lot in 1789.
Musee Conti Wax Museum
917 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 581-1993, (800) 233-5405
www.neworleanswaxmuseum.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Visitors to the Wax Museum can relive New Orleans's history through life-sized wax models. Learn about Voodoo and the city's founding as you toast the Duc d'Orleans. Individual tours are self-guided, but group tours can be arranged by reservation. Literature about the contents of the Wax Museum is available in a variety of languages.
New Orleans Athletic Club
222 North Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 525-2375
www.neworleansathleticclub.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Health/Fitness Club

Description: The New Orleans Athletic Club is centrally located in the French Quarter just minutes from the CBD, Metairie, and the West Bank. We are an exclusive club that offers many amenities including a library, full-service bar, salon, barbershop, multiple exercise rooms, pool, basketball court, spin room, yoga studio, and a complete line of plate-loaded equipment and free weights.
New Orleans BusVision
Spanish Plaza, 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 339-1174
www.bus-vision.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Unknown

Description: New Orleans BusVision is the latest hop on hop off double decker tour bus company offering loops around the highlights of the city. We can also offer customers other attraction rebates along our bus loop.
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.
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: Make your mouth happy with 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 to bring back home. The classroom is connected to the Louisiana General Store where chefs can find Louisiana spices and cookbooks.
Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
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Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Building, Research Facility

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. Min including the “New Orleans Jazz” exhibit featuring instruments played by significant jazz musicians, sheet music, and memorabilia chronicling the history of Jazz from its humble beginnings on the streets of New Orleans.
Old Ursuline Convent
1100 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 529-3040

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, 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".
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.
The Presbytere
751 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
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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.
Reverand Zombie's House of Voodoo
725 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 486-6366

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Unknown
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.
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).
Voodoo Museum
724 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 680-0128
www.voodoomuseum.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Voodoo has been a significant part of New Orleans culture since the city was first established in the 1700s. The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum strives to preserve this aspect of NOLA history through education and entertainment. The museum explores the mysteries, legends, and traditions of voodoo, and educates visitors on the influence voodoo has had throughout the city’s history. Located in the heart of the French Quarter between Bourbon and Royal Streets, visitors can explore inside the museum or participate in haunted cemetery walking tours through downtown. The museum is open daily and is a great place to visit with families or friends to learn about the rich culture that shapes this unique city.
VooDoo Spiritual Temple
828 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 522-9627
www.voodoospiritualtemple.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Located near Congo Square, featured on PBS, commercial TV and in movies. Teachings touch the soul of all people. Services offered include consultations, rituals, potions, tours, and lectures; under the direction of Priestess Miriam since 1990.
Williams Research Center
410 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 598-7171
www.hnoc.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Historic Building, Research Facility

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.
 
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