Top Historical Places in New Orleans

Are you looking to explore the history of New Orleans through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in New Orleans including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of New Orleans. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through New Orleans ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about New Orleans, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in New Orleans for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of New Orleans with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Metairie Cemetery

    Cemetery, Sculpture

    The Metairie Cemetery is known for its elaborate tombstones and structures which are found all around the 150 acre cemetery. Formerly a race track, today the place- even though a resting place for the dead, is visited for the Brunswig mausoleum, the Moriarty monument, Estelle Theleman Hyams monument and many other highlights. The Moriarty monument is the tallest privately owned monument in the...Read more
  2. Historic New Orleans Collection

    Art And Culture, Historical Site

    The Historic New Orleans Collectionconsists of historical buildings and all its stories to keep the history of New Orleans and the Gulf South alive. The institution was established in the 1960’s and includes many historic buildings in the French Quarter and has about a million items spanning over 3 centuries! The Williams Gallery, the Louisiana History Galleries, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, ...Read more
  3. Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

    4.4 (2525 Votes)
    Lafayette Cemetery No. 1


    The Lafayette Cemetery No.1 is the resting place for many famous personalities including Judge Ferguson of the Plessy vs Ferguson, the Brunie family (known for their contribution to Jazz music) and Brigadier General Harry T. Hays who led the 1st Louisiana Brigade. Movies Double Jeopardy in 1999 and Dracula 2000 in 2000 are filmed at this cemetery. Take a walk around the cemetery to see the old ...Read more
  4. Saint Louis Cemetery

    4.1 (3018 Votes)
    Saint Louis Cemetery


    Located close to the French Quarter, the St. Louis Cemetery No.1 is listed in National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery was established in in the late 18th century and is the resting place of some of the best known icons of New Orleans. Etienne de Bore, Daniel Clark, Paul Morphy and Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau are all buried here. The highlights of the cemetery are the wall vaults, famil...Read more
  5. St. Louis Cemetery No.3

    4.5 (74 Votes)
    St. Louis Cemetery No.3


    The St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 is the most elaborate of the 3 cemeteries and consists of beautiful 19th century marble tombs that are its highlight. The Cemetery was built in 1854 and is the final resting place of composer Paul Sarebresole, photographer E. J. Bellocq and painter Ralston Crawford. The cemetery has a Greek Orthodox section and the local tours arranged here, give you a peak into the...Read more
  6. M. S. Rau Antiques

    4.9 (42 Votes)
    M. S. Rau Antiques

    Art Museum, Historical Site, Exhibition , Sculpture

    Selling authentic antique furniture, silver, clocks, porcelain artefacts, glass, canes, music boxes, fine art paintings and sculptures and real, precious jewellery by some of the most renowned designers from all over the world, a visit to M.S. Rau Antiques,completes the New Orleans experience. If you are an avid antique-collector or simply want to see some fabulous historic creations that spin ...Read more
  7. The New Orleans Holocaust Memorial

    Memorial, Sculpture

    Designed by Israeli artist YaacovAgam, the Holocaust Memorial is a modern sculpture made from 9 panelsthat stand parallel to each other and show various interpretations with every shift in the Observer’s position. The Yellow star design that played an important role during the Nazi rules is part of the sculpture and one of the designs also showcases the chaos and oppression that came with...Read more
  8. Joan Of Arc Statue

    4.6 (50 Votes)
    Joan Of Arc Statue


    The Joan of Arc statue was a gift by France to the city of New Orleans. The Orléans town in France was one of the places that Joan of Arc helped capture and her contribution to lead France into English territory and capture 30 cities was legendary. The cannons kept in front of the statue represent her weapon of choice. Today the monument pays homage to the brilliant leader and her iconic...Read more
  9. Madame John's Legacy

    3.9 (19 Votes)
    Madame John's Legacy

    Walking Area, Historical Site

    Built on the burnt grounds of a former house, Madame John's Legacy residential house was built in 1788 and is a fine example of classic 18th century Louisiana-Creole architecture and design. The name of the house was inspired from a character of George Washington Cable’s 1874 short story Tite Poulette. The residential complex consists of three parts- the main house, the kitchen and the tw...Read more
  10. Cypress Grove And Greenwood Cemeteries

    Historical Site, Cemetery

    The Cypress Grove and Greenwood Cemeteries built in the 1800’s offer arare park into the historic ‘Cities of the Dead’. The Greenwood Cemetery was established by the Firemen’s Charitable and Benevolent Association after they had success with Cypress Grove Cemetery. The graves at the cemeteries consist of elaborately designed graves and beautiful mausoleums. The cemeterie...Read more
  11. Lee Circle

    3.8 (19 Votes)
    Lee Circle

    Landmark, Walking Area, Monument, Square

    The Lee Circle is popular for the monument of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee,erected in 1884. Before the statue was raised here, the circle was called Tivoli Circle or Place du Tivoli and was a central point in the city that linked the upriver areas with the down river areas. Today the place is a popular spot to watch the colourful Mardi Gras parade. The The bronze statue that is placed on ...Read more
  12. Saint Roch Cemetery And Chapel


    The St. Roch and the Campo Santo occupies the land formerly known as ‘Little Saxony’ in the 1840’s and is one of the most unusual cemeteries in New Orleans. When you visit you can see the number of peculiar offerings of prosthetic body parts. The offerings are given to St.Rock who served many people during plague and was banished after he contracted the Black death. Today the ...Read more
  13. St. Mary's Assumption Church

    Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    Located in the Lower Garden District, the St. Mary's Assumption was completed in 1860 to serve the German Catholic immigrant population. Today, the ornately designed church also serves as the shrine and museum for Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos who contracted the yellow fever while helping during the plague. The church has been damaged by Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and Hurricane in 2005 and was res...Read more
  14. Monument To The Immigrant

    Walking Area, Monument

    The Monument To The Immigrant is located in the Woldenberg Park that overlooks the Mississippi river and is dedicated to the men and women who left their homeland for freedom and start a new life in a new country. Today the beautiful monument made by sculptor Franco Allesandrini carved from white Carrara marble showcases an immigrant family looking towards the French Quarter known for its popul...Read more
  15. The Presbytere

    4.5 (1017 Votes)
    The Presbytere

    Historical Site

    The Presbytereis an important historical building in New Orleans. It derives its name from the fact that the building was built on the site of the residence or presbytere of Capuchin Monks. The building was initially used for commercial purposes and later, it housed the Supreme Court. In 1911, it became part of the Louisiana State Museum. Out of the displays and exhibits currently at the museum...Read more