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The Sisters of Ursula established Catholic schools for African-American and Native American girls and set up the first orphanage in Louisiana. The convent is now home to Catholic archives dating back to 1718. It is the oldest building on record in New Orleans and the entire Mississippi Valley. It sits across from another historic site, the Beauregard-Keyes House, and is part of the Archbishop Antoine Blanc Memorial. It is open for self-guided tours.
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 two gift shops, the Coin Vault and Louisiana Music Factory, which sell unique items. Own one of these as a remembrance of your visit!
New Orleans residents love their food, so it's no surprise that New Orleans is home to a museum dedicated to its role in the South's culture. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (also known as SoFAB) was designed to bring discovery, understanding, and celebration of the culinary culture of New Orleans and the South through a series of exhibits. Hands-on and interactive exhibits include rotating presentations of photographs and materials on a variety of culinary-related topics, videos about Southern restaurants and restaurateurs, and an ongoing collection of menus from southern restaurants, past and present. In addition to exhibits, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum will host tastings, speakers, and demonstrations, all in an effort to further the understanding of this region's unique culinary culture.
Chickie Wah Wah located in the heart of Mid City, is the best place for all music lovers. Chickie's has organized a number of music festivals like the Wah Wah Blue Light Special, the Jazz Fest performance series and the carnival in the past. It is these extravaganzas that add up to the perennial ambiance of festivity and celebration that this place exudes. With a busy line-up of electrifying performances by some of the most talented local and international artists, this venue is house-full on concert nights with youths cheering on for more. Promising an entertaining time always, tickets for the concerts usually sell out weeks in advance. Check the website for details on bookings and schedules.
Tradition, tranquility and abundant beauty can be used to describe this neighborhood in New Orleans. Garden District, with its well-maintained 19th-century mansions and surrounding landscape, makes it a popular and beautiful destination for visitors. Commander's Palace, Anshe Sfard and George Washington Cable House are notable landmarks.
Free Tours by Foot is pleased to present a free, tip-based New Orleans walking tours. These interesting and informative New Orleans sightseeing tours will take you through many of the city's legendary neighborhoods and cemeteries.