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Off-the-Beaten-Path: Four Very Different Museum in One Place on the Mississippi State University Campus (July 2018)

Explore Revolutionary War Sites in the South (July 2018)

So Cool, It's Hot: Southern Summer Bucket List (June 2018)

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Remember and Honor: Seven Military Museums to Visit Year Round (May 2018)

Postcard from Tupelo, Mississippi (May 2018)

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Seven Museums (and a Bonus) Not to Miss in New Orleans' French Quarter (May 2018)

Relax, Recharge and Refresh at Coldwater Gardens in Milton, Florida (April 2018)

Let's Go! Reconnect and Create Memories at These Seven Family Fun Destinations (March 2018)

So Many Reasons to Visit Nashville, Tennessee (February 2018)

Gowns, Costumes and History: 11 Museums (and a Bonus) That Highlight Mardi Gras (January 2018)

Take a Retro U.S. Road Trip with "Addicted to Americana" (January 2018)

Experience Valhalla Resort Hotel in Helen, Georgia (December 2017)

Shop Local: Nine Places to Find Distinctive Gifts (November 2017)

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A Quick Peek Inside the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta (November 2017)

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Take the Scenic Route: Three Drives not to Miss in the South (October 2017)

Postcard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina (September 2017)

Go, See, Do, Stay: Exploring Three Destinations in the Ozark Mountains (August 2017)

Edgar Degas and the Degas House in New Orleans (August 2017)

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Dive in Gulf County, Florida with Daly's Watersports' "Discover Scuba Diving" (June 2017)

Unpacking the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama (June 2017)

Get Out(side) and Explore Seven of North Alabama's Natural Attractions (May 2017)

10 Things Not to Miss When Visiting Dollywood (May 2017)

Let the Concierge be Your Guide for Adventure in Gulf County, Florida (April 2017)

Discover Farmview Market in Madison, Georgia (October 2016)

Postcard from Natchitoches, Louisiana (October 2016)

Discover the Essence of the Florida Panhandle at State Parks (October 2016)

Experience Fayetteville, North Carolina (October 2016)

Nine Fun Ways to Enjoy Fall Foliage in Georgia (October 2016)

Postcard from Lexington, Kentucky (September 2016)

Get Out and Explore: Six States, 16 State Parks (September 2016)

Checking In...The Henderson in Destin, Florida (September 2016)

What to Do in Blowing Rock, North Carolina (September 2016)

Postcard from Baton Rouge, Louisiana (June 2016)

From Alligators to Whale Sharks: 10 Aquariums in the South to Explore (May 2016)

Postcard from LaGrange, Georgia (April 2016)

Nine Experiences to Enjoy in Bowling Green, Kentucky (March 2016)

Postcard from Middleburg, Virginia (February 2016)

Go, See, Do: Six Getaway-Worthy Southern Destinations (January 2016)

16 Things to Do in the South in 2016 (January 2016)

Rider or Not, There are Many Reasons to Visit Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (October 2015)

The Great Georgia Escape: Discovering (and Enjoying) Big Canoe (September 2015)

Quick Glimpse into Birmingham, Alabama's Growing Culinary Scene (August 2015)

Discover the Vast Musical Side of the South with the Americana Music Triangle (June 2015)

Take Grilling to the Next Level with Grillocracy.com (June 2015)

True Cajun Experience Found at Crawfish Haven/Mrs. Rose's Bed and Breakfast (May 2015)

Experience Acre in Auburn, Alabama (May 2015)

Experience the Mississippi Delta with These Four Destinations (January 2015)

Four Days, Three Destinations: Exploring Columbia County and Augusta, Ga., and Aiken, S.C. (January 2015)

Finding the Perfect Southern Destination for Your Next Getaway (January 2015)

So Many Fun Ways to Spend Your Holiday Gift Cash in the South (December 2014)

Behind the Scenes: The Personal Collection (and Memories) at the Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square (December 2014)

Spending a Day or Weekend in Bardstown, Kentucky (September 2014)

"Celebrate" Your Getaway to The Pearl on Rosemary Beach (September 2014)

College Football Hall of Fame Debuts in Atlanta (August 2014)

Discover Alabama's Varied Culinary Side during Alabama Restaurant Week (August 2014)

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Four Reasons to Plan a Getaway to Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (July 2014)

So Many Ways in the South to Make This Summer One to Remember (June 2014)

Amp Up Your Doughnut Making (and Eating) Experience with Sublime Doughnuts' Kamal Grant's Cookbook (May 2014)

Streamsong Resort: A Golfing Resort Beyond the Ordinary in Florida (April 2014)

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Celebrating Farmers and Farm Life with the Farm Star Living Website and App (March 2014)

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Checking Out Charleston's Culinary Scene with Charleston Culinary Tours (February 2014)

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Season Two of "Emeril's Florida" Highlights Culinary Gems of South Walton (January 2014)

Chatting with Barbecue Champion and Restaurateur Melissa Cookston (November 2013)

"Cast Iron Chef" Competition to Heat Up the 3rd annual Brooks County Skillet Festival (October 2013)

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Discovering Georgia's Lake Oconee Area (July 2013)

Honoring the Man in Black: Johnny Cash Museum (June 2013)

Experience Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island (June 2013)

Build Your Own Memorable Experience in Columbus, Georgia (May 2013)

South Walton’s Art Culture: People Behind the Creations (May 2013)

Louisville, Kentucky Beyond the Derby (May 2013)

City Insider: Mark Wyant, owner, The Saint Hotel in New Orleans (February 2013)

Dining Out at Osteria Tulia (January 2013)

Discover Florida's Charm with Emeril's Florida (January 2013)

Taste Nostalgia (and Fun) with Pure Sodaworks (December 2012)

Find Serenity (and More) at Red Horse Inn (December 2012)

In Tall Cotton: Chef Cory Bahr and Restaurant Cotton (November 2012)

Under the Grand Chapiteau with Cirque du Soleil’s Totem (November 2012)

Feelin’ Presidential: Presidential Sites Throughout the South (October 2012)

Eight Cool Southern College Towns (September 2012)

Mark Your Calendar... Fabulous Southern Fall Music Festivals (September 2012)

In the Kitchen with Chef Eric Fulkerson (August 2012)

Visiting The Inn at Magnolia Oaks (August 2012)

Journey to New Orleans Plantation Country (August 2012)

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Dazzle Your Summer with Fata Morgana (July 2012)

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100 Years and Counting: Riding the African Queen (May 2012)

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Published: May 2018
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Seven Museums (and a Bonus) Not to Miss in New Orleans' French Quarter  

Vibrant, quirky and intriguing are three words that sum up New Orleans' French Quarter. Where else but here can you enjoy an order of fresh beignets and café au lait while people watching, imbibe at what's believed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States and eat at a restaurant that has a table set for their ghost, all within a day. And that's just a tiny sampling of the experiences awaiting you.

Beyond the restaurants, shopping and music venues, the culturally diverse district offer a wide variety of museums like the Cabildo, The Presbytere, Historic New Orleans Collection and others that help tell the story of New Orleans. The further you venture into the French Quarter, you'll discover smaller museums that provide insight into the personality and flavor of both the Quarter and New Orleans as a whole.



The Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum on the second floor of Arnaud's highlights the pageantry of Mardi Gras.



Named after the daughter of Count Arnaud, the museum features over two dozen elaborate costumes that include 13 of Mrs. Wells' queen costumes and a some of her family's outfits. Also on display are vintage photographs, Carnival masks and krewe invitations and much more.

813 Bienville St. Open during regular restaurant hours. Admission is free.

In the 1800s, New Orleans resident, Louis Joseph Dufilho, Jr., became the first licensed pharmacist in the country. Today, his former residence and apothecary shop has been turned into the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. The multi-level Creole townhouse highlights pharmaceutical and medical practices from the 19th-century.



On the first floor, the extensive collection includes tonics, elixirs, leech jars, voodoo potions and crude surgical instruments. Be sure to check out the 1885 soda fountain. Enjoy the courtyard before heading up to the second floor.



Once upstairs, check out sick room and a physician study. Also on view is the Dr. J. William Rosenthal's Spectacles Collection and other medical-related items.

514 Chartres St. Tues. -Sat., 10 a.m. 4 p.m., guided tours at 1 p.m., Tues. -Fri. $5 per adult, $4 per student and senior, and free for children under six.



If you aren't paying attention, it's easy to walk right by Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights Museum. However, if you don't stop in, you're missing out.



For over 70 years, the family-owned business has hand-crafted gas lights and fixtures, many of which decorate buildings throughout the French Quarter. The museum-slash-workshop provides panels detailing the evolution of the company, and you can chat with and watch coppersmiths at work.

316 Royal St. Mon. - Wed., 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thurs. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.



Madame John’s Legacy is thought to be one the best examples of French colonial architecture in North America. The house itself survived the great fire of 1794; however, the structures would later perish in a 1780s fire. What’s seen today was built in 1788.



While the complex consists of three buildings - the main house, the kitchen with cook’s quarters and the two-story guest quarters - only the main house is open for viewing.

As for the name, Madame John, it comes from George Washington Cable’s 1874 short story, Time Poulette, in which the mistress is named Madame John.

632 Dumaine St. Tues. - Sun., 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Free.



Voodoo is entwined in New Orleans’ culture much like jazz music. The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum delves into the mystique that surrounds the practice.

Within this intimate venue, learn about those who practiced and their influences. Step into the gris-gris room, view authentic altars, including Marie Laveau’s and more.

724 Dumaine St. Mon. - Sun., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. $7 per adult, $5.50 per senior, military and college student, $4.50 per high school student and $3.50 for children under 12.



Dating back to the mid-1700s, the Old Ursuline Convent Museum is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley and the oldest surviving example of the French colonial period in the United States. Not only did it serve as home to the French Ursuline Nuns but also as an orphanage and a school for girls.



Today, it is part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Catholic Cultural Heritage Center and houses the Archdiocesan archives.

Beyond the formal gardens, the museum features paintings and statues of religious figures, a hand-crafted cypress staircase, and exhibits on the convent’s history. Don’t miss the courtyard and herb garden in the back.

1100 Chartres St. Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 4p.m, Sat., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $8 per adult, $7 per senior and $6 per student and military.

Like many homes in New Orleans, Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum, across the street from the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, its share of stories, including being a site of a mafia shoot-out in the early 1900s.



The dwelling, completed in 1826, is named after two of its more notable residents, New Orleans native Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant (P.G.T.) Beauregard, who ordered the first shots of the Civil War fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in April 1861, rented the house after the Civil War, 1866-68; and author Frances Parkinson Keyes used it as her winter home from the 1950s - 70s and was instrumental in its renovation. She completed some works here, including Dinner at Antoine’s.



The interior reflects the period in which General and his family lived here, with some furnishings and pieces acquired from the Beauregard family. Also on display are various collections, like antique dolls, of Keyes. Don't overlook the garden, which reflects its 1865 design.

1113 Chartres St. Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $10 per adult, $9 per senior and student, $7.50 per military, $4 per child 12 and under, and free for children under 6.

Bonus…

Not too far from the French Quarter, in the Central Business District is the American Italian Museum.



Located inside the American Italian Cultural Center, this hidden gem walks you through the history and culture of Italian-Americans who immigrated to New Orleans and the Southeast. Learn about their contributions to jazz, the local culinary scene (Angelo Brocato’s and Central Grocery), the medical field and more. Plenty of photographs and new articles complement the exhibits. See St. Joseph altar display and read up on the tradition.



There’s also the Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame, which honors local and national Italian Americans in their respective sports fields.

537 S Peters St. Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $8 per adult, $5 per senior and free for children under 12.

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