The Presbytere


Originally called the Casa Curiel (Ecclesiastical House), The Presbytere was built on the site where Capuchin monks once made their home, or "presbytere." It was designed in the 1790s to match its neighbor, The Cabildo, but construction was not completed until 1813. The distinctive mansard roof was added in 1847. In 1834, after years as a commercial building, The Presbytere became a courthouse, and was in use as such until 1911, when it became part of the Louisiana State Museum. The Presbytere is now dedicated to Mardi Gras, with a changing array of exhibits and artifacts that illustrate this rich New Orleans tradition. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM; closed on all legal holidays. Group tours can be arranged through the museum.


751 Chartres St
Louisiana State Museum
New Orleans, LA 70116


29.95809000, -90.06344600
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(504) 568-6968

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