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 is the triple-spired cathedral dedicated to Louis IX, the French king...
Avart-Peretti House is where Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire .
Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré
Going strong since 1916, Le Petit Théâtre is one of the oldest theater groups in the country. In its Jackson Sq home the troupe offers...
For an unabashed tourist trap, Gumbo Shop (a) does pretty good gumbo, and (b) gets a fair amount of respect from locals, although we’ve...
Louisiana State Museum information
Lonely Planet review
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.