Tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
New Orleans is known for its unique cemeteries and burial customs – including above-ground graves. At Magic Tours, we offer unique St. Louis Cemetery tours in New Orleans, giving guests the full experience of being in the presence of these old and sometimes very famous graves!
The oldest cemetery is St. Louis No. 1, opened in 1789 in a relatively small space. Thousands of entombments have taken place here in the intervening centuries, accomplished through the local unusual customs of burial and re-use of tombs, meaning that multiple people can have been buried in the same tomb throughout the years. This cemetery is well over 200 years old and serves as the final resting place of some of New Orleans' most famous historic residents, including the tombs of the famous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau; the chess master Paul Morphy; and Homer Plessy of the famed Plessy v. Ferguson court case.
Our cemetery tour guides have an immense amount of information on hand to give your experience in the cemetery depth and color. You won’t just get to see the graves of some famous persons – you will also get to learn facts about their lives, the burial ground and so much more. What secrets lurk behind the great Voodoo Queen’s tomb that you have yet to learn? What mysteries lie within and around the crumbling walls of this historic cemetery? We can answer all these questions and more on this exciting and fact-filled tour!
We take great pride in the quality and amount of information we have to offer our customers. We strive to provide the most immersive experience possible backed by thoroughly researched and vetted information. All of our details are historically accurate and factually based, meaning that you’ll leave St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 feeling more knowledgeable and excited about the information you’ve learned.
If you’re a movie buff, we have a treat for you, too! In addition to the grave sites, during the cemetery tour we will also show you the former location of “Storyville,” the site of the filming of “Easy Rider.”
Plan your St. Louis Cemetery tour today. Trips depart twice a day (except Sundays) from the Royal House Oyster Bar, 441 Royal St., and last for about two hours. Guests must make reservations two (2) hours in prior to tour time, and online reservations are available at a discounted rate of $15, while all children younger than 6 are free. Guests who “show up” without an reservation will be accommodated if there is space available on the tour.
To learn more or to book your tour, call us today at 504-588-9693.
Tours depart daily @ 10 a.m and 1 p.m. (10 a.m. only on Sunday) from 441 Royal Street (In front of The Royal House Oyster Bar, at the corner of Royal and St. Louis). See map on Contact Us page.
Tour length: Approximately 2 hours
Tour cost: $25 for adults; $20 for students, military and seniors (60+)
CHILDREN UNDER 6 ARE FREE
All tours are $15 when reserved online. Click here to reserve your tour now! Online reservations must be made 24 hrs in advance of tour.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: (504) 588-9693.