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

Things to Do
Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum

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.