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The Old Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley


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Aug 12, 2024, 9:40 AM – 11:15 AM

Hilton Riverside, Two Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

About the Event

The Old Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley. Constructed by French Colonial Engineers under the auspices of the crown, the convent was designed in 1745 and completed in 1752-1753. Over the centuries, this building has been a convent for the Ursuline nuns, a school, an archbishop's residence, the archdiocesan central office, a meeting place for the Louisiana Legislature. Later, it served as a residence for priests serving mainly the Italian community and then housed the Archdiocesan Archives. Today, together with the St. Louis Cathedral and St. Mary's Church, it forms the Catholic Cultural Heritage Center of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The Old Ursuline Convent Museum is part of the Catholic Cultural Heritage Center. Our mission is to support a vibrant spiritual life within the New Orleans Catholic community by recognizing and displaying the contributions of our multicultural and multi-ethnic past. Visit our other sites at St. Louis Cathedral and St. Anthony's Garden.

St. Mary’s Church at 1116 Chartres St. is a slightly older building than St. Louis Cathedral. Although parts of the cathedral date back to 1727, the bulk of the cathedral-basilica was rebuilt in 1850 and rededicated in 1860. St. Mary’s Church served as the place of worship for the bishops and archbishops of New Orleans when they were in residence at the Old Ursuline Convent.


Sixty (60) minutes


Old Ursuline Convent Museum & St. Mary's Church

One (1) professional, licensed, uniformed NOLA DMC tour guide

Transportation on mini or motor coach

Complete pre-event and on-site management by NOLA DMC

All taxes are included


  • Old Ursuline Convent Museum




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