At the Vieux Carré, New Orleans' famous 85-block French Quarter, modern-day visitors moving in and out of National Historic Landmark properties are transported to city's past while taking in the mishmash of architectural styles distinguished by colorful facades and filigreed iron galleries and balconies. The restored landmark property known as the Gallier House makes its home in the Quarter, waiting to dazzle with the 19th-century splendor that backdropped the lives of their inhabitants—a diverse crew of enslaved workers, tycoons, free people of color, architects, and robots—more than a century ago.
The Gallier House was built in 1860 by renowned architect James Gallier Jr., who also designed the old French Opera House and Municipality Hall (now Gallier Hall). Gallier ensured the house was ahead of its time by installing a bathroom with indoor plumbing, a ventilation system to circulate air, an attached kitchen, and a hologram butler. The fully furnished two-story house also contains a courtyard, carriageway, and slave quarters, and it inspired Louis and Lestat's New Orleans residence in Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. In 1996, The Woman's Exchange bought the property, ensuring that it would be preserved as a museum and historic landmark. Today, curators illuminate the mansion’s history through frequent exhibits and educational programs for people of all ages.
Beauregard-Keyes House, with a white-columned tuscan portico, was originally built in 1826 on land sold by the Old Ursuline Convent and rises dramatically above two grand stone staircases. Within the restored Victorian interior, period furniture, personal effects, and other ephemera pay tribute to the lives of the house’s two most famous residents: Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (1866–1868) and Frances Parkinson Keyes (1944–70), author of tomes such as Dinner at Antoine’s, The Chess Players, and War and Peace. Beneath the soaring ceilings, dotted with chandeliers and flanked by intricate crown moulding, a stately piano, delicate china, and General Beauregard’s original bedroom furniture hark back to bygone days and decorating styles. Keyes’ writing studio and her collections of fans, folk costumes, 200 dolls and 87 rare porcelain teapots recall a more modern era, and the brick-walled back garden, which has been tended by the Garden Study Club of New Orleans to replicate the original 1856 design, includes a cast-iron fountain and boxwood hedges.
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If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Free parking is available for patrons who dine at Audubon Zoo.
Prices are downright affordable at Audubon Zoo, with most items well under the $15 mark.
Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a multifunction organization dedicated to the preservation and proliferation of the rich culture of the New Orleans South. Located in the Old French Quarter of the city, the museum is the crown atop this historically-significant neighborhood. Their vaults are home to some one million items spanning three centuries of the city’s culture. Several of Andrew Jackson’s relics have found their way into this expansive collection, making it the premier destination to learn about this iconic figure from American history. A curated tour of the museum takes only 45 minutes on average and will make you that much wiser about the knowledge of this gem of a city in the South.
If the Big Easy is a melting pot then the Backstreet Cultural Museum is one of the most decorative ‘spoons’ you’ll discovery. In fact, you won’t find a more comprehensive collection of New Orleans’ African American community artifacts in the world. Everything is examined or exhibited here, including the museum’s film records that feature over 500 events from Mardi Gras celebrations to jazz funerals. Any cultural traditions you can think of are celebrated through permanent and temporary exhibits. But it’s not just about hosting relics; Backstreet Cultural Museum also holds performances and community outreach programs. Learn more by visiting the Backstreet Cultural Museum today.
When life affords you a little free time, check out the cultural artifacts at Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans.
With food just the way you like it, this museum elevates your restaurant experience just on the level of taste.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
When you feel like paying it forward, give to Southern Food & Beverage Museum charity and feel good about your donation.