If the name "New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum" does not bring you inside, nothing will. There are Voodoo walking-tours ... More
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
If the name "New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum" does not bring you inside, nothing will. There are Voodoo walking-tours featuring artifacts and sacred objects related to the realm of "voodoo." Learn everything you wanted to know about this spiritual practice and its history in the Crescent City. There are also guided swamp, plantation and cemetery tours. Be sure to stop by the gift shop to pick-up a voodoo doll, love potion or T-shirt.
I would suggest going here--if for no other reason than to be able to tell your friends back home that you've been to a voodoo museum. It's not that much $, and only takes 45 mins to an hour, so you can take it in on your way to dinner or between other attractions.
Yes, it's really just a little house with a hallway full of pictures and 2 rooms crammed with artifacts, but hey, it's a Voodoo museum. This stuff would look out of place in a big glizty gleaming museum.
People were friendly and they allowed pictures (apparently this is a change from earlier policy?). My son thought the skeletons were totally cool, and my daughter had fun writing out a wish and putting it in the Wishing Tree.
The place cost too much to get into and was no more frightening or interesting than my grandmother's bedroom. With so many things to do in New Orleans you can find a dozen better places to spend your money and lots of more interesting things to do than sit and watch a poorly-narrated history of voodoo VHS tape on an uncomfortable wooden bench.
It was too crowded and the tour guide we had was very boring. He couldn't keep the attention of the crowd. It felt like we were walking around someone's crowded study... not a museum. Spend your money on the Haunted History Tour instead. (Which I HIGHLY recommend.)
Strangely enough, the museum seems to have gone way too commerical and cookie cutter. The history is interesting and the place itself is not forboding as you would think. Very comfortable atmosphere. The souvenirs (like the other 3 VooDoo shops) look like something Id get out of a happy meal, but everyone is entitled to their opinions.
Whether you are interested in Voodoo from the point of view of serious folklore or cheesy movies, this place is a goldmine.
The very friendly staff will be happy to talk to you about the history of voodoo and its evolution to today. They will point out how voodoo has adapted to its surroundings. Also, they will make sure you understand that most voodoo practitioners practice "white" majick and that it is not the "evil" religion often depicted in the movies.
Additionally, the museum allows photos and encourages questions. It is a very personal experience.
One possible con is that even though the staff is very nice, the displays and dark surroundings may prove to be scary for little kids.
Overall, it is a very entertaining and informative museum. I've seen a lot of museums in my travels and this is one of my favorite small museums in the whole world.
This is the real thing, so if you're interested in finding out more about this religion or if you're just curious check it out. if you're looking for high entertainment and glitz and have no interest in or respect for alternative spirituality don't bother.
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