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A look at the cemeteries of New Orleans, featuring the work of the non-profit group, Save Our Cemeteries. This segment was produced for Time Warner Cable, filmed in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Watch it here.
Save Our Cemeteries is proud to have been mentioned in a September 28th article in the Smithsonian Magazine online ( Read the whole article here.
Save Our Cemeteries and the Pitot House & Louisiana Landmarks Society have partnered together to present a special tour on 19th century mourning and interment customs. The tour showcases both the historic Pitot House museum and St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, with light refreshments to be served afterwards. This tour is only available for a limited time. Book your tour here!
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and Save Our Cemeteries received a mention in MSN’s online Travel section ranking the Top 10 Historical Graveyard Tours Across America. Take a look!
Save Our Cemeteries is honored to be featured in an article from National Geographic! Nat Geo chats with SOC’s President, Adam Stevenson, about our “Open Tombs” project and recent repair efforts at Valence Street Cemetery. Read the whole article here.
In case you missed it, here is the segment from WVUE FOX 8 News Live Morning Edition (New Orleans) - thanks for having us! Watch the interview with Save Our Cemeteries Executive Director Amanda Walker and Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans Communications Director Sarah Comiskey McDonald, discussing the new "Tombs by Twilight" tours! Watch it here.


Take a cemetery tour in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 or St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, just outside the French Quarter, or in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans' historic Garden District.

Tour Schedule:

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 - in New Orleans' historic Garden District.
Daily at 10:30 am.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 - just outside the historic French Quarter.
Monday through Saturday at 10:00am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm. Sunday at 10 am.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 - a few blocks from the historic French Quarter.
This tour is only offered on the fourth Sunday of the month, and the second and fourth Monday of each month, at 10:00 am.

Reservations are required, so please book your tickets online. You must book online at least two hours before the tour begins.



As of March 1, 2015, all tourists are required to enter St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 with a licensed tour guide.

• Bike tours and other motorized bike/vehicle tours are prohibited.

• St. Louis Cemetery #1 will be closed Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

• All of our Catholic Cemetery gates are closed on Mardi Gras Day. Gates close early on the Saturday before Mardi Gras due to Endymion.

• The Archdiocese of New Orleans requires that you stay with your tour group at all times.

We ask all visitors to our Catholic Cemeteries to act reverent and refrain from any vandalism, littering, marking on graves, or inappropriate behavior. Please do not touch the fragile, centuries-old, plaster and bricks on tombs.

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Save Our Cemeteries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in New Orleans, LA. Our mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the historic cemeteries of New Orleans through restoration, education, and advocacy.

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