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Old Ursuline Convent

1100 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116
+1 504-529-3040
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The Old Ursuline Convent was erected in 1745 and occupied until 1824 by Ursuline nuns as a convent, orphanage and school for girls. This historic building is now home to a brilliant museum with both permanent and changing exhibits.
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  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1100 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116
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+1 504-529-3040
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a whole lot inside, you can not go to the other 2 floors. Picture boards on walls about the history of the building. Beautiful garden. Wish I saved the $8 per person and skipped this one.

Thank lynnxx77
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I toured the convent and grounds in mid-September 2017. It was a good experience and inexpensive. Very informative, especially if you like history.

Thank TheGrizwulds
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The history of black Catholics in NOLO is undertold, and this museum takes a great stride in doing so. The nuns did great work and are barely known. Our visit to this historic site greatly helped our appreciation of NOLO's history and the place of...More

Thank Larry B
Reviewed 24 August 2017

...the woman who was at the gift shop last week was on the phone when my friend and I walked in to enquire about tickets. When she finally got off the phone, she told us it would cost $8 and was about to say something...More

1  Thank twisteddiva
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We took a tour of the convent and found it to be very interesting. The nuns have a very strong history in the French Quarter. This is a self guided tour but there are people inside the museum that are very knowledgeable about the place....More

1  Thank fic1225
Reviewed 28 July 2017

A peaceful chapel beautifully decorated with history throughout the rest of the convents building - the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley (1752). The role of the Nuns in helping Gen.Andrew Jackson to beat the British in the Battle Of New Orleans (1815) is revealed....More

Thank planetogra
Reviewed 14 July 2017

If you enjoy old buildings, architecture, and history, you'll really enjoy this. The building and it's history are fascinating. You can also walk around the grounds out in back of the building. A snapshot into a very different time.

Thank LHS329
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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Self-guided tour. Interesting story about the nuns. Didn't know a venerated persons started there. While the building is beautiful, I wish the statues and items had better signage in the chapel or a better self guide. The gardens were beautiful and well manicured. Wish we...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Interesting place with an annual exhibit. This thru' to September 1st is on Henriette Delille. We enjoyed all of this and it's not extensive so can be combined with a visit to Beauregard Keyes which is opposite.

Thank KokoLB
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We went here today based on other reviews. It's obviously lovingly cared for and the history is well presented for a self-guided tour. The highlight was, as others have mentioned, Rosalie, who has a personal connection to the place, and who grew up around the...More

1  Thank Doneyroney
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story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs
across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied
around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively
well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the
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