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New Orleans Museum's

Beat the Heat: Indoor Summer Fun in New Orleans

 

Arched windows of the Pharmacy Museum, wrought iron sigh hanger

 

If you’ve ever visited New Orleans in the summertime, you know what it means to be hot and humid. It makes being outside almost unbearable at times, and the thirst for indoor activities is stronger than ever. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy rather than walking around the French Quarter, hitting the Magazine St shops or visiting the Audubon Zoo.

Mardi Gras World is a popular attraction, with its mammoth halls filled with enormous, beautiful floats and Mardi Gras costumes and paraphernalia. Knowledgeable and experienced tour guides take you around behind the scenes of all the Mardi Gras action complete with history and interesting tidbits about the process behind the annual season. And in the end, enjoy a free slice of King Cake. Tickets are between $12.95 and $19.95, and there is a free shuttle with pickups at 20 convenient locations.

One of the newest museums in the city, Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond takes a closer look at Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, filled with exclusive photos, eyewitness accounts and state-of-the-art multimedia displays. There are a plethora of different iconic objects and pieces of wreckage on display which will offer a unique and unforgettable look at Katrina’s impact and the resilience of New Orleans and its communities. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and active military, and children are free.

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Jackson Barracks, a Delight for History Buffs.

Jackson Barracks

 

 

Memorial Day has just passed, it’s fitting to take a look at one of the oldest facilities in the United States for housing soldiers-Jackson Barracks, in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans on St. Claude Avenue.    It’s been through a lot since 1833-hell and high water, literally.  The old building could tell us some stories about all the military heroes, known and unknown, who served their country there, including some latter-day heroes who helped get New Orleanians out of harm’s way during Hurricane Katrina.    You can visit the Jackson Barracks Military Museum and see military artifacts dating back 200 years.   That trip is easily combined with a visit to the Chalmette Battlefield, part of the Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve, where you can see the site of the legendary Battle of New Orleans, fought January 8, 1815.

Jackson Barracks, originally known as New Orleans Barracks, was built after the War of 1812.    The first militia, consisting of four infantry companies, were housed there in 1837.  Built on the river, the original facility had a storehouse, four three-story guard towers, and a prison.   It had its own levee, road, railroad, and trolley car tracks.  Ulysses S. Grant, George B. McClellan, Robert E. Lee,  P. G. T. Beauregard and J.E.B. Stuart, were all in these Barracks before the Civil War, although not all at once.    After the Mexican-American War, it became the earliest Public Service Hospital for soldiers in the nation in 1849.

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U.S.Mint Jazz Museum

New Orleans is home to many performance venues, from funky neighborhood clubs to the recently renovated grand theater, Mahalia Jackson Theater for Performing Arts in Armstrong Park, www.mahaliajacksontheater.com/.  We recently told you about the reopening of the Joy Theater, as well as the slated reopening of the Saenger in downtown New Orleans.

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Experience the Cabildo

When most people think of New Orleans, they think of the food, drink, and music that this city is famous for.  While these things are worth savoring and experiencing, there is so much more to this beautiful city than simply food, drink, and music.  New Orleans is one of the most, if not the most, historically exciting cities in the United States.  This rich history is shown through in the architecture of this amazing city as well as the many museums that New Orleans has to offer.

To see the greatness of the museums that New Orleans has no offer one needs to look no further than the Louisiana State Museum.  This museum’s collection is so large that it cannot be housed in one building alone, but is spread throughout five different locations, all in the beautiful French Quarter of New Orleans.  One of these five locations is the Cabildo.

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