Louisiana State Museum
The former seat of government in colonial Louisiana now serves as the gateway to exploring the history of the state in general, and New...
St Louis Cathedral
One of the best examples of French architecture in the country, this triple-spired cathedral is dedicated to Louis IX, the French king...
The lovely Presbytère building, designed in 1791 as a rectory for the St Louis Cathedral, serves as New Orleans’ Mardi Gras museum....
Pirate’s Alley Cafe
The narrow pedestrian alley hidden in the shadow of St Louis Cathedral is a natural spot for a tiny bar, and this nook fits the bill...
La Divina Gelateria
When it feels like the street is about the melt under your feet, or you just need a sweet treat that isn't a powdered beignet, head to...
Louisiana State Museum information
This institution operates several institutions across the state. The standouts here include the 1911 Cabildo , on the left of the cathedral, a Louisiana history museum located in the old city hall where Plessy vs Ferguson (which legalized segregation) was argued. The huge amount of exhibits inside can easily eat up half a day (don't miss the 1875 Upright Piano on the 3rd floor), the remainder of which can be spent in the Cabildo's sister building, on the right of the church, the 1813 Presbytère . Inside is an excellent Mardi Gras museum , with displays of costumes, parade floats and royal jewelry; and a poignant new Katrina & Beyond exhibit, chronicling the before and after of this devastating storm – a surefire don't miss for truly understanding the effects of this disaster on the city.