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1850 House

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Address: 523 St Ann Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone Number: +1 504-524-9118
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Few places offer the chance to experience the lifestyle of our ancestors of...

Few places offer the chance to experience the lifestyle of our ancestors of more than 150 years ago. The 1850 House is one of these rare places, offering a glimpse of middle- and upper-class life in antebellum New Orleans, the most prosperous period in the city's history. This furnished rowhouse in the Lower Pontalba Building, represents a mid-19th century home. Visitors encounter the stories of the Baroness Pontalba, the woman who constructed the building and the people who lived here in the 1850s.

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While visiting New Orleans I wanted to do something touristy and cheap. I took a gander at the reviews on TripAdvisor about the 1850 House. It was perfect for the perfect price... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting New Orleans I wanted to do something touristy and cheap. I took a gander at the reviews on TripAdvisor about the 1850 House. It was perfect for the perfect price. $3 per person self-guided tour with a lovely gift shop in the middle of the French Quarter. The courtyard is a perfect place to take a nice picture.... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a house that is in the back of a storefront that is set in time in the 1850's. It's only $3 per person to go in so take the 15 minutes and take a look through the second and third story of this incredible flashback.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The 1850 House is in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The elegant House shows what life was like for the upper middle class before the Civil War. The Antebellum South was a great place if you were rich, not so great if you were a poor slave. It usually pays to book in advance if you are visiting during... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There's a great shop on the ground floor and at the rear tickets are available to visit the apartments on the floor above, quite a climb up old flight of stairs, well worth it to see the rooms and servavnts quarters too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our two hour walking tour of the French Quarter. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Recommended.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I read others' reviews of the 1850 House and thought it offered guided tours of the house. This is NOT the case. What you can tour of the house for $3 (7 rooms) is entirely self guided with a laminated brochure that you can borrow that gives a paragraph about each room. Self guided tour takes about 15-25 minutes. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We found this place very interesting if you like history and are interested in the history of of NOLA.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The 1850s house offers two tours a day at 10 and 1. Each tour is two hours, however our tour was a bit longer. I would recommend Jeanne, she was a wealth of knowledge.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a lovely reset from the heat. Take the self guided tour and enjoy the coolness. Quite a few exhibits for such small place

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

You can spend as much time as you want here as it is a self guided tour. The house is small though with only a handful of rooms and you could do it all within 15 minutes. Admission price $3.

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A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great 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 Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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