St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tour

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Tours: Monday through Saturday at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm. Sunday at 10 am. Reservations are strongly recommended.

*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.

  • Tours typically last 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Beginning October 1st, 2017, there will need to be a minimum of 3 guests for the tour to not be cancelled. Any tours with less than 3 reservations will be cancelled 2 hours before the scheduled tour time, and full refunds will be issued.
  • Tours depart at Backatown Coffee Parlour, 301 Basin Street, Ste. 1 New Orleans, LA 70112. (MAP) 
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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. A portion of your tour ticket price will benefit Save Our Cemeteries’ education and restoration efforts.


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