Small Group Tour - enjoy a more personal experience!
Visit Congo Square where the slaves would dance on Sundays
Detailed explanations of tomb architecture and styles
Tombs of Marie Laveau, Homer Plessy and Bernard de Marigny
Future, final resting place of Nicholas Cage. Yes, the actor
About this activity
What's included, what's not
A licensed tour guide authorized by the New Orleans Archdioscean Cemeteries
Admittance to St. Louis Cemetery #1
Face Mask, covering or shield as required by the City of New Orleans to be on a tour.
What you can expect
Travel a labyrinth of old and new tombs in the Crescent City’s most famous above ground graveyard! Established in 1789, just outside of the French Quarter, the city's oldest cemetery has more than 50,000 residents in this 'city of the dead'. You will be guided past tombs that are more than two centuries old by an experienced and licensed tour guide. This is not just a sightseeing tour. Our cemetery is a bibliography of New Orleans. After the tour you will have learned much more than why we 'bury' our dead above ground.
The tour begins at Armstrong Park in the shade of the oak trees with an explanation of colonial geography and life. This will illustrate the reasons for the above the ground cemeteries and the fate of previous graveyards. You will also visit Congo Square and learn about how the Code Noir and voodoo influenced our burial customs. Then, it is off to the main attraction, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.
Once you reach the graveyard, we will explain how we entomb our dead. You will be shown several styles of tombs and explained how they work. Though out the cemetery you will also learn to identify Victorian symbols commonly associated with death. Of course, the highlight of this tour is the voodoo queen Marie Laveau's tomb. She is not the only notable from the city's past residing here. You will meet them all!
This tour is limited to 15 guests. We want everyone of our guests to have the same chance to see, hear, and ask questions.