Museums >Musee Conti Wax Museum
917 Conti St, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7011229.957125 -90.068951
Neighborhoods: French Quarter - CBD, French Quarter
Educational & fun! – We'd read about Musee Conti in a guidebook of attractions in New Orleans. We thought it would be some cheesy celebrity-centric wax museum, but were pleasantly surprised that it was far from that. It's on a quiet street away from crowds and other attractions. On the day we visited, we were literally the only two people in the museum for the entire time we were there (about an hour and half)! Now, we counted this solitude as a plus--no whining kids, no pushing and shoving, just a leisurely stroll through the exhibits. There were push-buttons on what looked like speakers, but they didn't work for some reason. It was okay, though, because each exhibit had a written description of the scene depicted. The wax figures were convincing, and we learned quite a bit in a short time about New Orleans history. It was a relaxing diversion on a hot spring afternoon!
Statesmen, stars and spooks pose with unwaning appeal. – The Scene
The Wax Museum stars more than 150 characters, many of whom shaped New Orleans. They're meticulously re-created out of beeswax treated with special chemicals. The eerily lifelike figures represent movers and shakers from over three centuries and appear in settings that define their importance in our local evolution (Napoleon in the bathtub?).
The elaborate scenes, some with special lighting and sound effects, are presented on raised platforms and organized in several rows. Visitors walk through an informative maze to view each scene and read about the historical event depicted at each station. Despite the educational displays featuring Frenchmen and Englishmen who built New Orleans, the museum's most popular draw is the Haunted Dungeon, a historically unrelated scarefest presumably based on fact, but only if Dracula and Frankenstein are part of your reality.
Surreal – Tucked in a back corner of the French Quarter, I lived in New Orleans for 20 years and never knew it was there! It was amazing to find this little gem within the city! The Currator was wonderfully abliging and everything was so interesting! Definitly something different in this town!
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