Come visit the Presbytère. Originally called the Casa Curial (Ecclesiastical House), the Presbytère derives its name from the fact that it was built on the site of the residence, or presbytère, of the Capuchin monks. It was designed to match the Cabildo on the other side of the St. Louis Cathedral. The first floor exhibit is titled Living With Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond. Combining eyewitness accounts, historical context, immersive environments and in-depth scientific exploration, this exhibition explores the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and how Louisiana is learning to live more safely with hurricanes. The second floor exhibit, Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana, brings together rare historic artifacts, scores of magnificent costumes, spectacular displays and engaging videos to tell the story of this unique tradition.
School tours are free for students and chaperones, and The Presbytère requires one adult chaperone for every 10 students. Please complete and return the field trip reservation form to schedule your group.
If you’re unsure if your group qualifies for free admission, please contact the education department at 504-568-2123.
Scavenger hunts through the Presbytère are a great way to engage your students and make exploring the museum even more interesting. They’re tailored to specific age groups to ensure your students get the most from their experience.
Lesson plans provided by the museum are designed to be interactive and fun for students while connecting them to Louisiana’s history, geography and culture. Each plan includes an activity tied to a particular museum exhibit, as well as pre- and post-visit classroom activities. Please contact the Education Department at 504-568-2123 to request a subject-specific lesson plan.
This guide includes information on hurricanes and tornadoes as well as pre-visit activities that examine the meteorological elements and factors that contribute to these weather events, such as condensation, precipitation, the water cycle and wind energy.
The museum activity will involve an exploration of the museum galleries to locate information on hurricanes. A weather forecast of an approaching hurricane will be announced. Students will make preparations for the hurricane by determining necessary items to gather before a storm and projecting the total cost of preparation for a hurricane.
The post-visit activities include tracking and mapping hurricane activity in Louisiana, interviewing a hurricane survivor, writing a news story based on the interview, and making a comparison between storms in Louisiana.