1850 House Tours and Activities
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Recreating the surroundings of upper middle class life in an antebellum row house, the 1850 House museum offers a fascinating look into times past. The museum is made up of rooms decorated in the most fashionable styles of the mid-19th century, when life in New Orleans was at its most prosperous.
Visitors often combine trips to the 1850 House with stops at other famous New Orleans landmarks with a multi-attraction pass or stop off at the house on a French Quarter walking tour. The museum is not intended to recreate one family’s home; instead, it features artifacts, furniture, and ornaments that reflect tastes in design 150 years ago. The collection includes a set of china owned by Louisiana politician John Slidell and porcelain pieces from Paris, among many other antiques and paintings. The oldest purpose-built apartment building in the US, the 1850 House was built by Baroness Micaela Pontalba, whose father helped finance the Cabildo building and St. Louis Cathedral.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There’s an admission charge to enter the museum.
- Discounted tickets are available for students, seniors, and active military; children under 6 are free.
- The house is arranged over different floors accessed by stairs and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
How to Get There
The 1850 House is located at 523 St. Ann St., on the edge of Jackson Square in the Lower Pontalba building. It is centrally located—close to many other downtown landmarks, including St. Louis Cathedral and the French Market—and is walking distance to the Mississippi River. The 5 and 55 bus lines stop close by at Decatur and St. Peter.
When to Get There
The house is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4:30pm. The busiest times are in the middle of the day, so get there early to avoid the crowds. The museum is closed for some holidays—check with front desk staff if planning to visit on a major holiday.
Local Art in Jackson Square
Almost every day of the year, local artists from New Orleans set up stalls in Jackson Square displaying their artwork. From colorful street scenes to detailed black-and-white drawings, there’s plenty to appreciate here—and you might just find a unique souvenir to take home.
Address: 523 Saint Ann Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA
4 Tours and Activities to Experience 1850 House
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Be enchanted by the historic and iconic French Quarter on this guided walking tour that reveals the area’s past, superstition, and individuality. Your passionate, knowledgeable, volunteer docent will show you what life was like in the past and provide you with access to the Pontalba Apartments of 1850 House Museum.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience 1850 House?
The best ways to experience 1850 House are:
- Go New Orleans All-Inclusive pass with 25+ attractions & tours
- French Quarter Walking Tour With 1850 House Museum Admission
- The New Orleans Sightseeing Flex Pass: Save Big on 20+ Attractions and Tours
- The New Orleans Sightseeing Day Pass: 20+ Attractions & Tours in The Big Easy
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