Welcome to the Old Ursuline Convent

The Museum is open for self-guided tours
Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm
1112 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

for large group tour information, please call 504-525-9585 x135


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 Curch, it forms the Catholic Cultural Heritage Center of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

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