Your insider's guide to New Orleans

If you want to learn a thing or two while you're in town...

The 1850 House

The 1850 House offers a glimpse of upper-middle-class life in antebellum New Orleans (the most prosperous period in the city’s history). Faithfully furnished with domestic goods and art of the period, it reflects daily life during New Orleans’ heyday.

Beauregard-Keys House

Built in 1826, this house was home (at separate times) to two well-known residents. General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard ordered the first shots of the Civil War; Frances Parkinson Keyes was a noted author. Today the building is a French Quarter landmark.

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

At Mardi Gras World, you can see New Orleans’ festive side any time of year. Guided tours provide a history of the popular festival, and you’ll see plenty of colorful floats and costumes. The facility also serves as the largest float-building facility in the world!

Madame John's Legacy

One of the best examples of French colonial architecture in North America, Madame John’s Legacy is one of the few French Quarter structures that escaped the great fire of 1794. The complex consists of three buildings (a main house, kitchen, and dependency) and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum features an array of exhibits and films that showcase “The Greatest Generation.” Across three buildings, the Museum covers the epic and global scale of “the war that changed the world,” in an intimate, accessible voice that brings our country’s important past to life.

St. Louis Cathedral

This beautiful Catholic Church is one of the city’s most notable landmarks and offers a quiet reprieve from the hustle-bustle of Bourbon Street. New Orleanians have worshipped on this site since 1727.

The Cabildo

Located in Jackson Square, this elegant Spanish colonial building houses many unique artifacts. The structure was built between 1795-99 and once served as the seat of government in New Orleans; the Louisiana Purchase was signed there in 1803.