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Explore U.S. History At The Cabildo

July 25th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

The Cabildo on Jackson Square in New Orleans French QuarterThe Cabildo, in New Orleans’ French Quarter, is one of the most historically significant buildings in the country. It was the seat of government in New Orleans during the Spanish colonial period, the Louisiana Purchase was signed here, and the Louisiana Supreme Court called it home for almost 50 years.

New Orleans simply oozes with history. It’s one of the 20 oldest cities in the United States, after all. You can hardly walk the streets of the Big Easy without running across something of historical interest. If that’s why you’re visiting the city in the first place, you could do a lot worse than starting at The Cabildo on Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

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The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

April 25th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
If you’re a fan of history, medicine, or just interesting collections of unusual and mildly creepy antiques, then a visit to the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is just what the doctor ordered!

You could be excused for thinking that a pharmacy museum sounds a little dull – but before you dismiss it, check out this quote from Rand McNally’s Best of the Road: “Almost every cobbled street in the Big Easy houses some eclectic museum or another, and the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is one of the best.”

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Visit the Beauregard-Keyes House

December 18th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

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General PGT Beauregard

Dating back to 1826, New Orleans’ Beauregard-Keyes House Museum is a French Quarter landmark that has served as home to a series of famous and influential personalities.

The Beauregard-Keyes House, located at 1113 Chartres Street in the French Quarter, may have a colorful history, serving as home to a number of personalities and purposes over the years – but it bears the names of a Civil War general and the author who ultimately saved the building from ruin.

The house, itself, was commissioned by auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier in 1825, designed by François Correjolles and built by James Lambert. The design combines elements of a Creole cottage with Greek Revival features, includes a central hall, and is fronted with a Palladian façade.

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Get a Taste of the South at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum

November 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans' Southern Food and Beverage MuseumThe Southern Food and Beverage Museum – also know as the SoFAB Institute – celebrates the food and drink of the American South. Best of all, when you visit you can, too!

Creole, bourbon, grits, and po’boys. It’s easy to overlook and even undervalue the heritage of food and drink when it’s right in front of you – at that point, all you really want to do is dig in! – but the culinary identity of the American South is as important a part of the region’s past, present, and future as its visual art, music, history, or any other aspect of a culture, which you would find in a museum.

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Visit New Orleans’ Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium!

August 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans' Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium LogoDid you know there are around 20,000 different species of butterflies in the world – and that you can see many of them at New Orleans’ Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium?

They may be tiny in comparison to you or I but we’re outnumbered by insects, Earth’s largest group of animals. While we tend to think of the bulk of them as pests or just plain “icky,” they’re actually crucial to the ecosystem and are the building blocks of all life on our planet. Plus, if you give them a closer look, many are beautiful and all are extremely fascinating.

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Visit New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Museums

January 22nd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

So you’re in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and now you’re curious about the festival’s history – well, you’re in the right place: New Orleans has not just one but three Mardi Gras museums!

You have to realize that Mardi Gras has been celebrated in New Orleans since the early 1700’s. Though Spanish rule repressed the holiday here in the mid 1700’s and Mardi Gras parades did not appear in New Orleans until 1857, we’re still looking at over 200 years of Mardi Gras balls and festivities in New Orleans!

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New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

October 17th, 2011 by bbnola

Voodoo is a fascinating subject for a museum, if an unsettling one. Just what is it? Is it real? Is it dangerous? Find out the next time you visit New Orleans, with a trip to the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum.

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Learn about the fascinating history of Voodoo at the New Orleans Voodoo Museum.

Voodoo arrived in New Orleans with African people, back when the city was first founded. It has been here ever since, morphing and adapting to the civilization and culture of the new world. Its roots are ancient, but it is not a “dead” art; in New Orleans, Voodoo evolved into a fascinating blend of West African religion and Catholicism.

Many of the Africans who were transported to New Orleans during the early 18th century came from a region in West Africa that is today the Republic of Benin. The Fon people who lived there called spirits “Vodoun”. Spirits and ancestors were a big part of the world view of the Fon people, and they became a big part of Voodoo as it was practiced in and around New Orleans.

To spend time at the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is to delve into one of the most fascinating aspects of New Orleans culture. The museum has helped people from all walks of life learn more about Voodoo. Without being pedantic, it presents a vast amount of information and artifacts.

Stop by the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum the next time you’re in town. It is located in the heart of the French Quarter, near several New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts. You may never be the same again.

Please visit the Historic Voodoo Museum for additional information.

Please visit our French Quarter Bed and Breakfasts for a list of inns near the museum.

New Orleans Multicultural Museums

August 19th, 2011 by bbnola

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The Backstreet Cultural Museum in New Orleans.

When summer temperatures soar, ducking into a New Orleans museum is one of the best activities you can do. Given the wonderful multiculturalism of New Orleans,  an exploration of New Orleans Multicultural Museums is a good place to start. Ask the innkeepers of your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast about their favorite multicultural museums, or simply visit them all.

Mardi Gras enthusiasts should start at The Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Tremé neighborhood. No other place in the world houses such comprehensive exhibits on New Orleans’ African American community-based masking and processional traditions. Many of these items were given to the museum’s founder, Sylvester Francis, who has photographed and recorded Mardi Gras celebrations, second-line parades, and jazz funerals throughout the city for decades.

Le Musée de f.p.c. is a beautiful house museum honoring the legacy of New Orleans’ free people of color. New Orleans was  home to one of the oldest and largest populations of free people of color prior to the Civil War. Some of these folks were born free, others arrived from the Caribbean Islands free, and still others worked and saved their money and purchased their own freedom. This is a fascinating museum.

New Orleans African American Museum protects, preserves, and promotes the communities of African Americans in New Orleans and the African diaspora. Particular emphasis is placed on the Tremé community, where the museum is located and which is the oldest surviving black community in the country. Exhibits change regularly, and focus on contemporary issues and art as well as historic ones.

There is so much to do and see in New Orleans that deciding where to start can be overwhelming. If your stay in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast coincides with a few hot days, start in one of the museums mentioned above.

National World War II Museum

January 13th, 2011 by bbnola

Folks in New Orleans know to be prepared for any type of weather in January; it can be cool and rainy or sunny and downright balmy. It’s wise to have a variety of activities planned during your next New Orleans Bed and Breakfast vacation, some indoors and some out of doors.

Don’t fret about cool, rainy, days, because New Orleans has several magnificent museums. One of the most unique is the National World War II Museum, which opened it’s doors on the anniversary of D-Day in 2000. There is nothing like this museum anywhere else in the country, or indeed the world.

Visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

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