Save Our Cemeteries Frequently Asked Questions:
Some of the more regular questions we get about Save Our Cemeteries are listed below. But if there’s anything else, then please email us!
• If you are inquiring about a person or families for the Lafayette cemeteries, contact the New Orleans City Cemeteries department at (504) 658-3781.
• If you are inquiring about a person or families for the St. Louis cemeteries, contact the Archdiocese of New Orleans at (504) 861-9521.
St. Louis Cemetery #1 & #2 is owned by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Call them at 504-596-3050.
Lafayette Cemetery No 1 & 2 is owned by the City of New Orleans. Contact the City Cemeteries department at (504) 658-3781.
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is owned and operated by the city of New Orleans. They list the cemetery hours as Monday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. Hours may fluctuate based on the availability of city personnel to open and close the cemetery gates. If gates are locked, please call the City Cemeteries Department at 504-658-3781.
As of March 1, 2015, the Archdiocese of New Orleans requires that all tourists are required to enter St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 with a licensed tour guide. All other cemeteries in the city are open to the general public.
Our office Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm CT. We are closed Saturday & Sunday.
Our office is CLOSED on all major holidays: Christmas Day, New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Mardi Gras Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4th), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day (and day after Thanksgiving).
Research & Genealogy
There are 42 historic cemeteries in New Orleans, and each cemetery owner/operator has it’s own rules about record keeping. Check out our Research & Genealogy In New Orleans page to get started on doing historical and genealogical research.
Bayou Preservation LLC specializes in the hands-on conservation of historic and artistic works. Based in New Orleans, they carefully restore historic tombs and mausoleums, sculptures, objects, and architectural elements, and also perform materials analysis for historic buildings. You can contact Bayou Preservation LLC at (214) 668-5604 or through their website bayoupreservationllc.com.
Save Our Cemeteries does not own or operate any of the cemeteries in New Orleans. It’s a bit of a complicated issue. Restoration and preservation work in cemeteries frequently poses problems dealing with such things as tomb ownership and other legal issues. We are constantly seeking funding and grants to perform tomb restorations, it’s a huge job to do. We are actively trying to save every tomb that we can. SOC has completed millions of dollars worth of capital improvements in the cemeteries over the years.
Tomb Ownership & Other Legal Matters
No. There are no age restrictions. Adults and children of all ages are welcome to take our tours. For SOC tours, children under 12 get free admission.
Neither the City of New Orleans nor the Archdiocese of New Orleans allow pets on tours, with the exception of service animals (ie: Seeing Eye dogs/ guide dogs). Service animals are animals that have been trained to perform tasks that assist people with disabilities. Therapy dogs/animals are not considered Service Animals.
• If you are taking the tour for St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, Tours will begin at the front entrance of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church – International St. Jude Shrine, 411 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112. – THE TOUR DOES NOT MEET OR START AT THE CEMETERY ENTRANCE. –
• If you are taking the tour for Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, it meets at the main gate to the cemetery located on the 1400 block of Washington Avenue across from Commander’s Palace Restaurant.
• If you are taking the St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 tour, you will meet at the Conti Street gate at the cemetery.
The weather in New Orleans can be unpredictable, stormy and hot. SOC suggests you bring hats, umbrellas, bottled water, sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes.
Tours typically last 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Please allow at least 2 hours to take our tours. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before tour begins, as our tour guides start their tours promptly at the scheduled times.
We conduct tours rain or shine. The exceptions are for severe thunderstorms in the cemetery area or for imminent threat of a hurricane. Cancellation of tours are at Save Our Cemeteries discretion.
Save Our Cemeteries offers a unique & educational tour experience for school field trips, corporate groups, families and other larger parties.
Tours can be catered to the interests & ages of your group, and are offered in the following cemeteries: Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, Metairie Cemetery, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, The Canal Street Cemeteries.
For adults, group tour tickets are $20 per person, with a minimum of 10 people. For school children, we offer a discount based on the number of students. Please contact us for more information (504) 525-3377.
If you are interested in a special tour for your school or group, please contact Lora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not take “reservations” per se (holding a spot on a tour without prior payment). A New Orleans City Ordinance limits tours to a maximum of 28 people. Due to this fact, we cannot just “hold” a place for people who may or may not show up. As a result, you must book a tour. This can be done three ways: 1.) online through our website using a credit card. 2.) by phone using a credit card. 3.) you can just walk-up before the tour starts with payment of cash only. With the walk-up option you will be taking a chance that the tour has already reached it’s maximum of 28 persons. Bookings by website or phone must be made at least 2 hours before the tour starts.
Yes, we give cemetery tours 7 days a week, all year long. We do not give tours on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Mardi Gras and Easter Sunday.
We don’t currently offer tour discounts for students, military, seniors, AAA or other groups. We do occasionally offer promotional coupon codes online and through advertisements. SOC tours for children under 12 years old are free.
When you purchase tickets online you will receive an email confirmation which you can printout. It is not necessary to have a paper copy to show your tour-guide to take the tour. Our tour-guides will have a list of people booked for their tour, so your name (or whomever booked your tour) will be listed on their manifest along with the number of people booked in your group.
You can buy a ticket from the tour-guide before the tour starts, it is cash only. But since there is limited room on our tours (the tour size is set by a city ordinance) you will take the chance that the tour has already been booked to capacity. Tours can fill up quickly. It is highly recommended that you book your tour online in advance to guarantee you a spot on our tours.
To reschedule your tour booking, please click on the link provided in your confirmation email.
Customers who cancel their tour at least 24 hours in advance will receive a full refund. If cancellations are made under 24 hours there is no refund. If Save Our Cemeteries cancels a tour SOC will provide a full refund or offer the customer the opportunity to reschedule for another day/time. If you need to cancel your tour for any reason, you can call 504-525-3377 or email email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: Although SOC conducts tours 7 days per week, our office is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and all major holidays. Office hours are 9 am to 5 pm CT, Monday through Friday.
Unless otherwise noted, the prices listed below are for our regular/daily tours of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Special tours, themed tours and group tours may have their own individual pricing and restrictions. We highly recommend that you book your tour online, in order to guarantee your reservation. Tour bookings made online will receive a reduced rate.
Bookings Online: The price to reserve a space on a regular tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 & No. 2 is $20.00* per person (ages 12+). Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 tour reservations can be made at a cost of $15.00* per person (ages 12+). *-an additional small service fee will apply. Additional discounts, (such as promo codes) can only be redeemed online.
**Reservations online must be made at least 2 hours prior to the tour.
Bookings By Phone: If your reservation is made at least 12 hours in advance, you will be given the online discounted rate. Reservations made by phone less than 12 hours before the tour will be charged the “walk-up” price, and the additional service fee.
Walk-ups: Individuals who have not booked a tour through our website or phone will be charged $25.00 per person (ages 12+) to tour St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 & No. 2. Tours of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 will be at a cost of $20.00 per person (ages 12+). Walk-up prices are Cash Only.
You can book your cemetery tour HERE.
We do not do after hours tours. Cemeteries in New Orleans typically close around 3 pm each day and no tours are allowed after the cemeteries close. Our last tour of the day is at 1 pm (for St. Louis Cemetery No. 1) Monday-Saturday.