To Do in the Vieux this May:
Five Things You’ve Probably Never Done Before in the French Quarter.
New Orleans may be approaching her 300th birthday in 2018, but, believe it or not, there’s still a lot that’s relatively new in the historic French Quarter. Here are five “to dos” you might not have discovered yet.
Try on Crowns at The Mardi Gras Museum of Costume and Culture
1010 Conti Street
Like to play dress up? This fun new museum is for you. The collection includes elaborate Carnival king and queen costumes, hand-beaded Mardi Gras Indian suits, unique Cajun Mardi Gras outfits, and more. Whatever you do, don’t leave without riffling through the “costume closet” where you can try on the Mardi Gras getups of your choice and post selfies.
Experience Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue
This collaboration between the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York City and the Louisiana State Museum promises an extraordinary glimpse into Louis Armstrong’s life in New Orleans and his evolving relationship with the city after he left. It’s a wonderful exhibit about a wonderful life.
View Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast
Old U.S Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue
When New Orleans jazz legend Pete Fountain left us too soon in August 2016, it was the end of the era. In celebration of this legendary clarinetist’s life, the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U. S. Mint is presenting Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast. Come learn about Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr.’s life and his contributions to music and New Orleans.
Explore the Museum of Death
227 Dauphine Street
If you’re a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, Criminal Minds, or any show on ID, don’t miss this macabre yet extraordinary collection. Come see the skeleton of an alligator dining on a human leg bone, an original painting by “Killer Clown” John Wayne Gacy, a real shrunken head, caskets and more. If you’re traveling with kids, skip this one. This museum is strictly for mature audiences.
Breakdown and Take a Carriage Ride
Decatur Street in front of Jackson Square
Yeah, we know they’ve been around forever but have you ever taken one? What’s the matter? Too cool? The truth is carriage drivers are great entertainers and know this city like, well, the back of their mules. You can’t take life or yourself too seriously when you’re being escorted through the city by a mule wearing a floppy hat, donned with fake flowers. Isn’t that what vacation is all about?