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!

St. Louis Cemetery Tour

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 subsequent centuries, accomplished through the local unusual customs of burial and re-use of tombs, meaning that multiple people could 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 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.

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 #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.

Tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Tour length - 2 hours

Tours begin promptly at:

10:00am, 1:00pm Monday-Saturday

10:00am Sunday

$25 per adult

$20 per student, military, seniors 60+

FREE - children under 6


Tour meets at 441 Royal St. (at the corner of Royal and St. Louis Streets) in front of the Royal House Oyster Bar.

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