Tours: Monday through Saturday at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm. Sunday at 10 am. Reservations are strongly suggested.
*Please note that under the new rules set by the Archdiocese of New Orleans, ALL visitors to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 MUST be accompanied by licensed tour guide. Families with loved ones buried in the cemetery, tomb owners, and genealogists can acquire a special pass by calling (504) 596-3050.
Departs from the Basin Street Station lobby
501 Basin Street (next to the cemetery)
Tours typically last 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
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, pioneer in sugar development; Daniel Clark, 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. Currently, all of our tour guides are volunteers, and much of our marketing & materials are donated, so over 90% of your tour ticket price will go directly towards our mission of cemetery restoration, education and advocacy.
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