New Orleans School of Cooking
A food demonstration – not a hands-on class. Menus rotate daily, but rest assured you'll be snacking on creations such as gumbo,...
Williams Research Center
If you have specific queries about almost anything New Orleans, the staff here can help. The archives contain more than 350,000 images...
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
This beautifully preserved little shop groans with ancient display cases filled with intriguing little bottles. Established in 1816 by...
Napoleon House is a particularly attractive example of what Walker Percy termed ‘vital decay.’ By all appearances, its stuccoed walls...
TV chef Emeril Lagasse’s French Quarter outpost is pretty damn good. Emeril himself isn't in the kitchen ‘Bam!’-ing up your food, but...
440 Chartres St · interesting places nearby
Maspero’s Exchange information
Now Original Pierre Maspero’s (a fairly middling restaurant), this was once La Bourse de Maspero: a cafe-cum-slave-auctioneering house where the city’s elite sipped au lait while human chattel were traded in Exchange Alley (now Exchange Place). Note the entresol (a mezzanine floor with a low ceiling visible from the exterior through the arched windows); this cramped little room was only reached through a ceiling door from the bottom floor, and is where slaves are said to have been imprisoned while awaiting their sale. This room now serves as a dining room. In 1814, the building was the headquarters for the local Committee of Public Safety, charged with marshaling citizens to fight under General Andrew Jackson.