Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum
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Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum

813 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA 70112 | (504) 523-5433, United States
Arnaud's Mardi Gras Museum in New Orleans
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Great value, Free, Quirky/offbeat, Family-friendly, Off the beaten path

This is probably one of the city's best kept secrets. An instant bonus for visitors is that it's above a fine bar, the French 75 Bar, so you can order a cocktail first. Ask the bartender to show you the staircase up to this small but wondrous free museum. Germaine Cazenave was a glamorous socialite who graced many a Mardi Gras and high society ball throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In glass cases above this dining institution is a collection of her most fabulous costumes, all draped on mannequins to show you how they looked the day they were worn. There are a dozen displays to impress and delight.

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