Save Our Cemeteries has partnered with New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries to provide a tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk. This special cemetery tour grants Save Our Cemeteries access to the cemetery after normal cemetery hours. Proceeds from the Tombs by Twilight Tours benefit restoration efforts in historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.
This unique evening tour is held on the fourth Saturday of each month. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of each tour. Tour is only available to persons 15 years of age and older.Book Your Tour
• Price: $50/person
• Total event time: 2.5-3 hours
• Cemetery tour lasts approximately 75-90 minutes
• Reminder: the tour is only open to persons 21 and older and fills up quickly
• Includes one complimentary drink and an appetizer at the Batch Lounge at the Hyatt Centric Hotel post-tour
Discounted Valet Parking is available at The Hyatt Centric at the rate of $15.00.
On-street parking is also available in the area, but is extremely limited.
About St. Louis Cemetery No. 1:
Founded in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located just steps outside of the French Quarter at the corner of St. Louis & Basin Streets. It is the burial ground of some of the most illustrious citizens of New Orleans, including Etienne de Bore, a pioneer in sugar development; Daniel Clark, a financial supporter of the American Revolution; Paul Morphy, world famous chess champion; and other local and national figures.
Notable structures include the famed oven wall vaults, the supposed resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and the magnificent tombs of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish societies.
Dramatically shown in the 1969 film, Easy Rider, the cemetery is the oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans. It is a maze of wall vaults, family tombs, and society tombs that artistically showcase the unique burial customs & traditions of New Orleans.
Save Our Cemeteries is the only non-profit in New Orleans that offers cemetery tours. Proceeds from your tour ticket price will go directly towards our mission of cemetery restoration, education, and advocacy.