The Presbytere


Tuesdays – Sundays 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Closed Mondays and state holidays.


Adults - $6
Students, senior citizens, active military - $5
Children 6 and under - Free
Groups of 15 or more (with reservations) - 20 percent discount

The Presbytere

751 Chartres St.
New Orleans, 70116


Located next to St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter, the Presbytère stands as a beautiful reminder of Louisiana’s singular past and its vibrant present.  Originally called Casa Curial or “Ecclesiastical House,” the Presbytère was built on the site of the residence, or presbytère, of the Capuchin monks. The building was designed by Gilberto Guillemard, who also designed the neighboring St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo. The building was used for commercial purposes until 1834 when it became a courthouse. In 1911, it became part of the Louisiana State Museum. The Presbytère’s two permanent exhibits—Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana and Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond— tell two sides of the ongoing Louisiana story, one of celebration and one of resilience.