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The story of New Orleans begins here. No city celebrates life, or death, quite like New Orleans. Come learn about jazz funerals. Find out why most of our dead are buried above-ground. Hear tales of the famous soldiers, statesmen, musicians, and even Storyville madams who rest in our Cities of the Dead. Our tours are both historically accurate and entertaining. (You can’t make this stuff up!) Most importantly, proceeds from our tours go to preserving our unique cemeteries.


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We will work with you to make your ultimate Private Tour!

Tell us what you'd like to learn or share with others, and we'll work with you to put together a memorable experience!!

Whether for a solo person, a school outing, or private party, Save Our Cemeteries can put together an engaging Cemetery Tour just for you.  Contact us via email tours@saveourcemeteries.org or call us at 504/525-3377 to start the conversation.   


Combo Tour of the Historic Pitot House and St. Louis Cemetery No. 3


Combo tour of the Pitot House and St. Louis Cemetery No. 3
2 hours | Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am 

Start by touring one of the few West Indies-style houses remaining in Louisiana. Built in 1799 by Spanish merchant and ship owner, Bartholome Bosque, during the Spanish Colonial Period, The Pitot House has witnessed centuries of cultural history. Eleven families occupied the house; Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart used the home for a convent, and preservationists have cherished the building for its architectural beauty and historical significance. Then walk over to St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. This beautiful Catholic cemetery near tranquil Bayou St. John is an ideal place to stroll among the tombs as you learn about the burial customs of New Orleans and hear the real stories of the famous and infamous that fascinate the world and locals alike. St. Louis No. 3 is the final resting place of notable architect James Gallier, Storyville photographer E.J. Bellocq, and New Orleans chefs Leah Chase and Paul Prudhomme.   If you'd like to learn more about Pitot House, click here 

There must be a minimum of 4 guests per tour.    Requests for private tours are always welcome!   We are happy to work with you!   If a tour does not meet minimum guests you'll be notified by email/text.  We encourage early bookings!

Tips for the Guide are appreciated. Please review us on Google or Trip Advisor.

Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am 
Tickets $45, Kids under 6: free



Stroll through Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery


Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery Tour
2 hours | Sundays at 10 am | Named by Forbes as one of ten of “America’s Best Cemeteries.”

The most stunning “City of the Dead” is Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery. This picturesque cemetery boasts some of the grandest funerary architecture and sculpture in the US. Live oaks surround Greek temples, gothic and Islamic style tombs, obelisks, and marble monuments with beautiful ironwork and stained glass.

Metairie Cemetery is the resting place of many of New Orleans' most influential and notorious citizens, including nine Louisiana governors, seven New Orleans mayors, 49 kings of Carnival, musicians Louis Prima and Al Hirt, writer Anne Rice, and former Saints and Pelicans’ owner Tom Benson, rest alongside madams, brothel owners and other infamous characters.  

The cemetery was established in 1872 on a former horse racetrack and is the home of Save Our Cemeteries' annual Run Through History race fundraiser for the preservation and restoration of New Orleans Cemeteries.  Metairie Cemetery holds the graves of over 9,000 people on 65 landscaped acres.

There must be a minimum of 4 guests per tour.    Requests for private tours are always welcome!   We are happy to work with you!   If a tour does not meet minimum guests you'll be notified by email/text.  We encourage early bookings!

This is an easy walk on even surfaces. Wheelchair accessible. Reviews and tips for the Guide are always appreciated.

Sundays at 10 am

Tickets: 

  • $35 - Adults (ages 13 and over)

  • $17.50Ages 6-12

  • FreeAges 5 and younger



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Tour St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 near City Park


St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 Tour
1.5 hours | Mondays and Saturdays at 10 am

Just a short walk from City Park is St. Louis Cemetery No.3, on stately Esplanade Avenue. This beautiful Catholic cemetery near tranquil Bayou St. John is an ideal place to stroll among the tombs as you learn about the burial customs of New Orleans and hear the real stories of the famous and infamous that fascinate the world and locals alike. St. Louis No. 3 is the final resting place of notable architect James Gallier, Storyville photographer E.J. Bellocq, and New Orleans chefs Leah Chase and Paul Prudhomme. 

There must be a minimum of 4 guests per tour.    Requests for private tours are always welcome!   We are happy to work with you!   If a tour does not meet minimum guests you'll be notified by email/text.  We encourage early bookings!

This is an easy walk. Wheelchair accessible. Tips for the Guide are appreciated. Please leave us a review on Trip Advisor and/or Google.

Mondays, and Saturdays at 10 am
Tickets: $25 Kids under 6: FREE

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Tour St. Roch Cemetery


St. Roch Cemetery Tour
1.5 hours | First Friday of the month at 10 am

Now is your chance to tour one of the least visited but most popular cemeteries in New Orleans. 

St. Roch Cemetery, founded in 1874, was established by the Rev. Peter Leonard Thevis. According to legend, during the deadly outbreak of yellow fever in 1868, Rev. Thevis prayed to St. Roch, the Patron Saint of Good Health, and vowed to build a chapel to the Saint if his congregation was spared. When no one died, a shrine and a chapel were built. The locals continued to revere St. Roch for graces of welfare and remission. For decades, believers left their polio braces, glass eyes, dental plates, and other parts of their prosthetic selves when their health was recovered. These are on view in the chapel which, unfortunately, is not open during these tours.

This cemetery was truly neighborhood-centric. With a large population of working-class Germans and French, it was a focal point of the community for both religious and social events.

St. Roch Cemetery is unique in that it has the Stations of the Cross depicted with statuary carved in Italy by the workshop of Italian sculptor Enrico Arrighini. An annual procession of the 14 stations is still celebrated every year on Good Friday.

There must be a minimum of 4 guests per tour.    Requests for private tours are always welcome!   We are happy to work with you!   If a tour does not meet minimum guests you'll be notified by email/text.  We encourage early bookings!

This is an easy walk. Wheelchair accessible. Tips for the Guide are appreciated. Please leave us a review on Trip Advisor and/or Google.

Tours are held the first Friday of each month when the chapel is open, also at 10 am
Tickets: $25 Kids under 6: FREE

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION   

  • Tours typically last one and a half hour. Please allow at least two hours to take Save Our Cemetery tours.

  • All tours leave on time, rain or shine.

  • There must be a minimum of 4 guests per tour.    Requests for private tours that allow for fewer guests are always welcome!   We are happy to work with you!   If a tour does not meet minimum guests you'll be notified by email/text. 

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour begins. Guides start the tour at the scheduled time. Be aware:  Streetcars do not keep strict time tables and may cause you to be late or delayed.   Please be sure to include travel time/parking to and from the cemetery when making your plans!   

  • Suggested items to bring: bottled water, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, hats, and umbrellas (to protect from rain and provide shade).

  • Please reserve your tour in advance.  It's not always easy getting wifi while you are visiting another city.  Booking your tour in advance takes that care off your shoulders. You can also call 504-525-3377 to arrange a tour or confirm your reservations.   

  • Requests for private tours are always welcome!  We are happy to work with you!  Do you have something special in mind?  Do you have a group of friends, bachelor/bachelorette party, just yourself, or you have a class that want to learn about cemeteries, tell us about it!  Email tours@saveourcemeteries.org or call 504-525-3377.

  • New Orleans' Cemeteries are sacred ground.  All cemeteries where Save Our Cemeteries conducts tours are active, and funerals may coincide during the tour. The Guide will provide instruction to respect the services being held.  Please remember that tombs are where deceased family members remains reside. 

  • Marking/altering a tomb is strictly prohibited and is against the law and causes damage to the tomb.  Marking and scratching causes permanent damage to the exterior and increases the structural vulnerability of a tomb. Removing brick pieces from tombs to use as markers can completely destroy what is left of an already crumbling tomb. Save Our Cemeteries asks that if you see vandalism occurring in any of the cemeteries, please photograph the tomb if possible and contact Save Our Cemeteries and/or the cemetery owner/operators to report the activity.  

  • Cancellations: Please use the booking app (Fareharbor) to cancel, email tours@saveourcemeteries.org or call 504-525-3377  Cancellations must be made more than 24 hours in advance of your tour to be refunded.

  • If Save Our Cemeteries has to cancel the tour due to unforeseen emergencies, you will be provided a full refund or an opportunity to reschedule for another day/time.  You will be notified by text/email 24 or more in advance whenever possible.