Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
NOTE: Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Louisiana State Museums! We will be closing early Wednesday, November 27 at noon. We will also be closed Thanksgiving Day so everyone can enjoy time with family and friends. We will also be closed Friday, November 29 as Governor John Bel Edwards has also declared it Acadian Day to commemorate "the arrival in Louisiana of the Acadian people from the French colony Acadia following the ceding of that colony to England in 1713." We will reopen with our regular hours Saturday, November 30.
Adults - $7
Students, senior citizens, active military - $6
Children 6 and under - Free
Groups of 15 or more (with reservations) - 20% discount
School Groups (with reservations) - Free
Purchase tickets for two or more museums - 20% discount
AAA membership discount - 10% discount
SPECIAL NOTICE: The Louisiana State Museum is excited to participate in Toys for Tots with a toy drop site location at the Presbytère. When you place a toy in a Marine Toys for Tots collection box, you experience the joy of knowing that toy will be under the tree in a family's home and bring a smile to a less fortunate child Christmas morning. Drop off your toy today!
The Presbytère’s two permanent exhibits tell two sides of the ongoing Louisiana story—one of celebration and one of resilience.
Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana offers a window into the annual celebration and riotous rituals of Mardi Gras, a festival that is inextricably woven into Louisiana’s way of life and whose roots extend deep into the Middle Ages. There are parade floats to climb, costumes to see and historical throws on display as well as rare glimpses into the secretive social club society from which modern-day Mardi Gras krewes evolved. And it’s not a party without music: Mardi Gras albums, records, sheet music and more are also part of the collection.
The Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond exhibit tells of rescue, rebuilding and renewal. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans’ badly engineered levee system, it resulted in one of the worst disasters in American history, leaving 80 percent of the city flooded and hundreds dead.
The exhibit documents the event, the aftermath and southeast Louisiana’s ongoing recovery. With interactive exhibits and artifacts that showcase the spirit of the city’s residents, this is a collection you don’t want to miss.
The Presbytère History
The Presbytère was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. It stands today as a beautiful reminder of both Louisiana’s singular past and its vibrant present.
The Presbytère, originally called Casa Curial or “Ecclesiastical House,” was built on the site of the residence, or presbytère, of the Capuchin monks. The building was used for commercial purposes until 1834 when it became a courthouse. In 1911, it became part of the Louisiana State Museum.