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Came to New Orleans to get a taste of antiquity? Then look no further than the Old Ursuline Convent—the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley. But that’s not all – built in 1752, the convent is also a treasure trove of religious antiquity which features, among other religious treasures, the famous Archdiocese archives.

Not just a documentary museum, this ancient antebellum mansion located in New Orleans Garden District also houses some of the best examples of opulent southern décor. Enter via the Chartres Street entrance and be met with the most beautiful manicured garden in New Orleans, while within the mansion, the first thing you’ll notice is a handcrafted cypress staircase followed by some of the most fascinating oil paintings featuring religious motifs. Other rooms tell the various histories of the Old Ursuline Convent—the building was once an orphanage, a makeshift hospital, and even a temporary residence for traveling bishops.

Come visit this amazing example of French colonial architecture (the oldest surviving example in the United States) and see why locals have, for years, called the Old Ursuline Convent the “treasure of the archdiocese.”

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1100 Chartres St, New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans #1 Haunted Ghost, Voodoo, & Vampire Tour

New Orleans #1 Haunted Ghost, Voodoo, & Vampire Tour

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Exploring New Orleans in the evening can seem like an intimidating quest on your own, but this ghost, voodoo, and vampire walking tour takes you to the city’s most eerie sites at night in the safety of a group with a knowledgeable guide. Stop by top attractions such as the LaLaurie Mansion and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, all while listening to your guide’s detailed stories of the paranormal and beyond.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Adults Only - New Orleans Ghost, True Crime, Voodoo and Vampire Walking Tour

Adults Only - New Orleans Ghost, True Crime, Voodoo and Vampire Walking Tour

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If you're looking for a no-holds-barred fright in New Orleans, explore the city’s dark history on this adults-only tour from Hottest Hell, one of the top-rated haunted tour operators in town. Storytelling guides save the most grizzly true-crime tales, voodoo legends, and paranormal frights for this one, taking you on the choice of two different routes through the most haunted locations in the French Quarter and beyond.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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Immerse yourself in the best of the French Quarter on this 2.5‐hour historical walking tour. An entertaining local guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. See notable literary and cinematic landmarks, bustling scenes of local life, and architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Haunted Crawl: New Orleans Exclusive Haunted Tour

Haunted Crawl: New Orleans Exclusive Haunted Tour

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Instead of a boozy bar crawl, take a spirited stroll on this walking tour of the French Quarter's most famous haunts. See the Lalaurie Mansion and other real-life locations of dark deeds and paranormal sightings, plus buildings featured in Hollywood horror films and TV shows like “American Horror Story.” All guides at this boutique tour operator are known for their experience and storytelling skills.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde Option in New Orleans

French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde Option in New Orleans

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Discover the magic of the Vieux Carré in the morning on this historic walking tour. Accompany your friendly guide on a stroll through the French Quarter to view signature architecture and learn about the convergence of ethnic influence on this famous neighborhood, from cloistered courtyards and intricate ironwork to po’ boys and jambalaya. If option selected, end with a sugar-dusted beignet and café au lait at Cafe du Monde, a classic New Orleans institution.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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French Quarter History and Hauntings: Small-Group Tour

French Quarter History and Hauntings: Small-Group Tour

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Delve into the history and folklore of New Orleans on a tour that focuses on the city’s ghost stories and “haunted” attractions. As you walk from one site to the next, a local guide shares stories about vampires, voodoo, and ghosts, offering a side of the city that most walking tours overlook. You can even put the stories to the test by trying out the provided "ghost" meter.
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  • 2 hours
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French Quarter History Walking Tour by a Local

French Quarter History Walking Tour by a Local

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Connect with the rich and raucous past of New Orleans beyond the tourist spots on a French Quarter walking tour led by a real history teacher with nearly 30 years of experience. Your guide brings deep knowledge of the area and her own experience growing up in Cajun Louisiana for a level of passion and personal insight you won’t find on any other tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Night Walking Tour through Haunted New Orleans

Night Walking Tour through Haunted New Orleans

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Discover why New Orleans is named the most haunted city in America on an evening walking tour through the darkened streets of the French Quarter. Storytelling guides share their own favorite tales of gruesome murders, spirited sightings, and natural disasters in lively retellings, on the sites where it all happened. Along the way, stop for drinks in atmospheric bars.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Ghost Hunting Tour + French Quarter Supernatural: Ghost, Voodoo + Paranormal

Ghost Hunting Tour + French Quarter Supernatural: Ghost, Voodoo + Paranormal

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Explore the French Quarter through a different lens, seeking out the darkest and most haunted places. With a voodoo priest or priestess as your guide, walk through the neighborhood and explore an exclusive haunted location, to be disclosed only on the day of the tour. You'll even get to try some of the paranormal activity-sensing equipment firsthand.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Ghost, History, Murder and Mystery Combo Walking Tour

Ghost, History, Murder and Mystery Combo Walking Tour

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Save time booking lots of individual tours, and instead, go on this single combination tour that reveals stories of New Orleans’ history as well as tales of the city’s ghosts, ghouls, murders, and mysteries. Explore highlights of the vibrant French Quarter and pass by ‘The Haunted Hotel’, the Lalaurie Mansion, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, and St. Louis Cathedral.
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  • 2 hours
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French Quarter Dark History Comedy Walking Tour

French Quarter Dark History Comedy Walking Tour

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Join us for an intimate dark history comedy walking tour around the French Quarter! Join the Traveling Jester for a dark history comedy walking tour around the French Quarter! (A walking stand-up comedy show in disguise.) Lots of death, lots of ghosts, and lots of laughs! You're in New Orleans, so we're going to have fun! Throughout the tour, you'll question why you're laughing at such dark material. That's my specialty. We start the tour in front of Jackson Square because I am Cherokee and I like to start my job by confronting my fears! What other places will we visit? *A vampire store *LaLaurie Mansion *Ursuline Convent *Haunted Hotel *Haunted Bars *Haunted apartments (Route can change depending on weather/events) Feel free to enjoy a drink on the tour. Just be respectful of others. Who doesn't want to enjoy a spirit while you're learning about the spirits? Of course, gratuities are always appreciated! So book the tour and allow the spirits and I entertain you!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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The Real New Orleans Tour: Uncensored History of the Crescent City

The Real New Orleans Tour: Uncensored History of the Crescent City

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Do you prefer museums over movie theaters or sporting events? Is your budget for non-fiction books way too high? Well friend, you have found your people; but be warned, we pull no punches... There will be no sugar-coating of New Orleans’ wild history on this tour. Prepare to be transported through time as your experienced storyteller paints a detailed picture of what life was like during different eras of French Quarter history. From Yellow Fever and the toll it took on our city, to the famous Jackson Square and the establishment of La Nouvelle Orleans; from the history of enslaved peoples and their impact on religion and culture, to what makes the architecture in our city so incredibly unique; from our historical red light district, to the earliest notes of jazz. This tour will have you laughing and crying as you grapple with all that New Orleans has gone through to get where it is today. History lovers, join us on an adventure through the real, gritty history of New Orleans.
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  • 2 hours
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The New Orleans Sightseeing Flex Pass: Save Big on 20+ Attractions and Tours

The New Orleans Sightseeing Flex Pass: Save Big on 20+ Attractions and Tours

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Experience the best of the Big Easy at a great value with the New Orleans Sightseeing Pass. With immediate activation, the pass gives you access to your choice of three or five of the city’s top attractions and tours, from Mardi Gras World and paddlewheel cruises to plantation, cemetery, and swamp tours. It’s valid for 30 days, so keep your pass handy and customize your visit on the go with a guidebook listing opening hours, directions, and other helpful info.
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  • 30 days
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Ghost, Vampire, and Voodoo Walking Tour

Ghost, Vampire, and Voodoo Walking Tour

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Learn the legends of New Orleans from a knowledgeable guide on this eerie walking tour. Follow in the footsteps of the Voodoo queen Marie Laveau, Delphine Lalaurie, who tortured and murdered enslaved people in her mansion, the mysterious Casket Girls, who some believe were vampires, and many more. As you stroll the French Quarter, drink in hand (own expense), hear true life tales and history as well.
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Introduction to the French Quarter Walking Tour

Introduction to the French Quarter Walking Tour

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This New Orleans walking tour serves as a crash course in New Orleans history and culture. Walk with your guide to top historic sites such as Jackson Square and the Old Ursuline Convent and hear tales and trivia from the founding days of New Orleans through the present. This small-group tour is limited to just 15 people or fewer so you can ask plenty of questions.
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  • 2 hours
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Private French Quarter Walking Tour

Private French Quarter Walking Tour

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Take in New Orleans’ distinctive architecture and history on a small-group, 2-hour walking tour of the French Quarter. Step back in time at Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral, and learn about the Vieux Carré’s most celebrated (and notorious) characters. See Madame John’s Legacy, visit the Old Ursuline Convent then stop by the home of a famous socialite and suspected serial killer. Explore the neighborhood with a local guide, and get insider tips on the best places to eat and drink like a local in New Orleans.
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  • 2 hours
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Walking Tour about The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful Women of New Orleans
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Walking Tour about The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful Women of New Orleans

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New Orleans always has had its adventurous spirit, and that spirit is not just restricted to the men. In this tour, the only of its kind, we will discover the great women of New Orleans’ past - in every field: politics, piracy, culinary, entertainment, science and some jobs best not mentioned.
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  • 1 hour
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The New Orleans Sightseeing Day Pass: 20+ Attractions & Tours in The Big Easy

The New Orleans Sightseeing Day Pass: 20+ Attractions & Tours in The Big Easy

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Experience the best of New Orleans on your own schedule and at a discount of up to 50% with the New Orleans Sightseeing Pass. Save big at top attractions like the Audubon Zoo, Mardi Gras World, the WWII History Museum, Houmas House Plantation, and the Cabildo, and get around town hassle free with an included hop-on hop-off bus pass. Choose the pass that fits your plans, with 1- to 5-day options available.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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Ghosts of New Orleans: Self-Guided Haunted Walking Tour

Ghosts of New Orleans: Self-Guided Haunted Walking Tour

Discover a secret vampire speak easy, ghosts of the French Quarter and stories of Vampires that roamed these streets. Go the the LaLaurie mansion, press play and put your phone in your pocket. From there the WalknTours app guides you turn by turn telling you the spooky stories of the French Quarter. -Tour never expires -1 purchase works on 2 phones On the solo tour you'll be guided through the streets of New Orleans and you'll see the most haunted spots in the French Quarter. You will see and hear the stories The LaLaurie Mansion, The Casket Girls, the old morgue, haunted hotels, haunted restaurants, the haunted Madame Johns Legacy and much more. And you'll get a chance to get a password on the tour and use it at the secret vampire speak easy at the end of the tour. How it works: 1. Get the WalknTours app 2. Register an account and use the experience code in your booking to unlock the tour. 3. Go the LaLaurie Mansion. 4. Press start experience.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
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Private Smartphone-Guided Walking Tour of New Orleans French Quarter

Private Smartphone-Guided Walking Tour of New Orleans French Quarter

With no in-person contact, our smartphone-guided tour brings the real facts and stories behind New Orleans to life with the quality of a personal private tour crafted by New Orleans locals. We've taken the same stops and sights we share with our friends and families when they come to town, and created an interactive web-based tour. Read the stories behind the city, answer questions about what you've seen to reveal fun facts, and experience what makes New Orleans incredible! Purchase your tour and then navigate to our website to enter your access code and launch the tour. You can either start immediately or create an account and come back when you've reached the starting location and are ready to explore.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Twilight Tour- Hauntings for Tweens (8 - 12 y.o.)

Twilight Tour- Hauntings for Tweens (8 - 12 y.o.)

Our Twilight Tour was created for upper elementary aged kids- those ready for deeper questions, critical thinking, and curiosity about the "what-ifs". Like our Spooky Tour, we focus on the real history, documented accounts, and actual experiences witnessed on tours. However, the Twilight Tour digs deeper than the Spooky Tour. The stories are more detailed with more opportunities to interact with the spirit realm. The tour is interactive- kids will never be put on the spot but encouraged to try something new, something they won't soon forget. New Orleans is a magical, mysterious city. On this tour for 8 - 12 year old kids, they will leave intrigued, enchanted, and perhaps a little spooked. Our tour is unique because it is kid friendly: no violence, no gore, nor "adult" topics and language. We keep it clean!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Should I book Old Ursuline Convent tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Old Ursuline Convent can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Old Ursuline Convent 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Old Ursuline Convent costs USD 5.00. Guided Old Ursuline Convent tours start around USD 5.00 per person.
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