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Best History Museums in New Orleans

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New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

In 1823, the first licensed pharmacist in the United States, Louis J. Dufilho Jr. opened an apothecary shop here. This Creole-style town house doubled as his home, and he cultivated herbs needed for medicines in the interior courtyard. Exhibits highlight milestones in pharmacy and medicine. The exhibits include various medical widgets, gizmos and gadgets, some practical and some not.

514 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70130
Confederate Memorial Hall Museum

Louisiana's Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall was established in 1899, when most of the artifacts were donated. Here, you can view a broad spectrum of items from the Civil War, including uniforms, weapons, ammunition, medical equipment, battle flags, and currency. Also on exhibit are the personal effects belonging to Confederate President Jefferson Davis and part of Robert E. Lee's silver camp service.

929 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70130
The National World War II Museum

Located on Magazine Street, National World War II Museum is made up of multiple sections, each containing a different exhibit that explores the events of the Second World War. A variety of artifacts, testimonies and documents, particularly those chronicling the World War II period, are on display here. The Arsenal of Democracy features a variety of artifacts, interactive displays, and memorabilia that tell the story of the people who helped win the war. Other exhibits include the Road to Tokyo, Road to Berlin, Bayou to Battlefield, and more. An on-site restaurant and soda shop offer a variety of dining options and beverages.

945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70130
New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint

This Greek Revival building was first used as a U.S. and Confederate Mint in 1835 and produced money for the Federal Government until 1909. Throughout its existence it has served many purposes, including minting money and housing soldiers for the Confederate Government during the Civil War. Today, the Old U.S. Mint is home to the New Orleans Jazz Museum, with many exhibits as well as important historical archives. The mint also houses gift shops, the old Coin Vault, and a performance center that regularly hosts live theatrical and musical performances, lectures, interviews, and more.

400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans Mint, New Orleans, LA, United States, 70116
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