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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.
I went on a day when no guide was available, so I went in alone. What a fabulous place with such rich history. The attendant in the gift shop gave me an overview and I set out on a self tour. I thoroughly enjoyed the...More
This is a very interesting place to go to learn about Catholicism and New Orleans. It also has a fascinating timeline showing exactly when different religious and ethnic groups arrived to the melting pot that is New Orleans. It has a few pretty relics, some...More
The grounds are lovely and it is interesting to note that this is a former center for the American settlement. Inside, read commentary copied from one of the founding nun's letters to the church - poignant and hilarious. She suffered through a 5 month sea...More
Upon arrival you go to the Gift Shop to purchase tickets for the Museum. We were greeting by a very pleasant woman (I wish I could remember her name) who offered to tell us a bit about the church and museum. She was very knowledgeable...More
This was an interesting stop that only takes 45 minutes or so. You get to go on a short self guided tour and learn about the Catholic history of New Orleans. I most enjoyed the film on the St. Louis Cathedral.
In the 1700’s, nuns came from France to found a convent and to educate young girls. It was fascinating to learn about how they came here and what they did. The church itself is lovely, as are the grounds and the statues. Well worth a...More
My daughter and I went to the Old Ursuline Convent last weekend. It was so interesting to see the artifacts there and to imagine all the nuns that had lived there and cared for orphans and taught the girls of the city. There are not...More
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.