Welcome to NADWCON 2017

We know it sounds odd, but there is life outside of the convention. So if you want to arrive early, or stay later, or simply make the most of what New Orleans has to offer, the convention hotel rate extends from August 24th through to September 10th! Why not make a full holiday out of your trip to the Big Easy and visit some of the wonderful local attractions. The following attractions are mostly from the French Quarter. Please note that selecting an external link will open a new page.

The 1850 House

523 St. Ann St., Lower Pontalba Bldg., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 524-9118, (800) 568-6968  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Faithfully furnished with domestic goods, decorative arts and art of the period, the 1850 House depicts middle class family life during the most prosperous period in New Orleans' history.

Archdiocesan Archives

1100 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 529-2651  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Research Facility

Description: The Archdiocesan Archives serves as the official research facility and repository for the records of the New Orleans Archdiocese. The organization’s ultimate goal is to serve and support the mission of the Archdiocese, which is to collect, organize, and document the records of Catholicism in Louisiana. The Archdiocese of New Orleans includes eight civil parishes in the surrounding area.

Beauregard-Keyes House

1113 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 523-7257  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant (P.G.T.) Beauregard was a New Orleans native who ordered the first shots of the Civil War fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina in April 1861. Frances Parkinson Keyes was a noted author of more than fifty books and short story collections. Built in 1826, the Chartres Street house they lived in at separate times nearly a century apart bears both of their names and is today a French Quarter landmark.

The Cabildo

701 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Site, Historic Building

Description: The Cabildo is one of the most historically significant buildings in America. Built between 1795 and 1799 to replace a structure that burned in the 1794 fire, the Cabildo served as the seat of government in New Orleans during the Spanish colonial period and is the location where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.

French Market

2 French Market Pl., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 522-2621  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Other Attraction

Description: Founded in 1791, New Orleans’ French Market is the oldest public market in the country. This open-air mall features shopping, dining and music in a tradition that is uniquely New Orleans, yet still reminiscent of some European markets.

Gallier House

1132 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 525-5661  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Among the most prominent architects of this glorious era were the Galliers – James and James, Jr. – father and son. Between the two of them they designed some of New Orleans’ most famous and recognizable landmarks. In 1857, at the height of their fame and prestige, the Galliers designed a home of their own in the 1100 block of Royal Street. It still stands today and Gallier House is one of the true architectural gems of the French Quarter.

Hermann Grima House

820 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70112

(504) 525-5661  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter is the Hermann-Grima House, thought to be the finest example of American architecture in the area. Built in 1831, this Federal mansion boasts the only stable and functional outdoor kitchen in the French Quarter. The mansion has been beautifully restored through historic research and archaeological studies, and accurately depicts the gracious lifestyle of a wealthy Creole family from 1830 to 1860..

Historic New Orleans Collection

533 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 598-7100  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home, Research Facility

Description: Founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and his wife Leila, the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) has a mission of preserving the French Quarter and New Orleans history. Its Royal Street Complex features seven architectural treasures..

Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans

933 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70112

(855) 514-8139  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Cultural Center

Description: Located on a historic French Quarter property the Irish Cultural Museum explores the over 200 year history of the Irish in New Orleans. The compelling saga is told through interactive kiosks, exhibits, genealogy resources and an award-winning documentary. Cultural events are scheduled throughout the year. The museum is also home to St. Patrick's Coffee House, a coffee and whiskey bar.

Museum admission is FREE and open to the public.

Jackson Square

751 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70181

Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Earns its name for one of three bronze statues of Andrew Jackson located in the center of the square.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Laura C. Hudson Visitor Center

419 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 589-3882  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The French Quarter retains much of its original character from the 18th and 19th centuries because it is among the oldest protected historic districts in the nation. The Laura C. Hudson Visitor Center on the eastern edge of the French Quarter features an extensive exhibition of the history and conflict that surrounded the founding and shaping of present-day New Orleans and the French Quarter. Life-sized murals transport the visitor into the swamps, rivers and bayous of southern Louisiana. Exhibits highlight the significance and importance of the Mississippi River to the city, alongside exhibits of native plants and wildlife. Interactive displays introduce guests to the beginnings of Louisiana food, folkways and festivals.

Le Petit Theatre

616 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 522-2081  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance), Historic Building

Description: This community theatre dating back to 1916 is the oldest continually-operated theatre in the country.

Madame John's Legacy

632 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Madame John's Legacy is one of the finest 18th century building complexes in Louisiana. It is one of the few French Quarter structures that escaped the great fire of 1794, which leveled much of city’s oldest section. The structures on the site in the early 1780's were destroyed by the conflagration and Madame John's was erected on the burnt-out lot in 1789.

Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo

725 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 486-6366  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Unknown

The National World War II Museum

945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 528-1944  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: ince its opening day on D-Day – June 6, 2000 – nearly two million visitors have toured the National WWII Museum. A must-see for history lovers and all patriots, it has been designated by the U.S. Congress as America’s official WWII Museum. Powerful images and extraordinary artifacts bring to life the American Spirit, the courage, teamwork and sacrifice of the young men and women who won the war and changed the world. From the 1930s prelude to war, to the Normandy Invasion and the battles of the Pacific Islands, visitors trace America's role in the war and on the Home Front.

New Orleans Athletic Club

222 North Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70112

(504) 525-2375  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Health/Fitness Club

Description: The New Orleans Athletic Club is centrally located in the French Quarter just minutes from the CBD, Metairie, and the West Bank. We are an exclusive club that offers many amenities including a library, full-service bar, salon, barbershop, multiple exercise rooms, pool, basketball court, spin room, yoga studio, and a complete line of plate-loaded equipment and free weights.

The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

916 North Peters St., French Market, New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 589-4806  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Theatre (Performance)

Description: New Orleans is universally considered to be the birthplace of the uniquely American brand of music known as Jazz. The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park was created in 1994 to commemorate this memorable musical legacy. The park’s purpose is to preserve information, resources, and sites related to the beginnings and progressions of jazz in New Orleans.

New Orleans School of Cooking

524 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 525-2665, (800) 237-4841  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Cooking School

Description: Experience the Fun, Food & Folklore of New Orleans at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter housed in a renovated 1800’s molasses warehouse, patrons learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking in an unforgettable way. Fun is a primary ingredient in this kitchen! Cajun / Creole experts teach New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, seasoning them with history, trivia and tall tales! The school can accommodate individuals, private group classes, special events and off-site events.

The front of the building hosts The Louisiana General Store, which is a thoughtful collection of the best locally sourced products, used and loved by the New Orleans School of Cooking's family of chefs. The store carries Cajun and Creole products, cookbooks, spices, gift baskets, cookware, and their signature seasoning - Joe’s Stuff™. The store is open for business 9am - 6pm Monday-Saturday and 9am - 4 pm on Sundays.

Whether you take a class, shop the store, or use their products at home – visit the New Orleans School of Cooking as a guest, and leave as family.

Old U.S. Mint

400 Esplanade St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Building, Research Facility

Description: Built in 1835, the Old U.S. Mint is the only building in America to have served both as a United States and a Confederate Mint. President Andrew Jackson advocated the Mint’s establishment in order to help finance development of the nation’s western frontier.Today's visitor finds a number of stunning permanent exhibits in the Old U.S. Min including the “New Orleans Jazz” exhibit featuring instruments played by significant jazz musicians, sheet music, and memorabilia chronicling the history of Jazz from its humble beginnings on the streets of New Orleans.

Old Ursuline Convent

1100 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 529-3040  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Building

Description: Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley. Completed in 1752, it is also the oldest surviving example of the French colonial period in the United States. Often referred to as the Archbishop Antoine Blanc Memorial Complex, the Old Ursuline Convent also houses the Archdiocesan archives. The building is known as the "treasure of the archdiocese".

Pharmacy Museum

514 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 565-8027  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Louis Joseph Dufilho, Jr. of New Orleans became America’s first licensed pharmacist. Today, Dufilho’s 1823 apothecary shop on Chartres Street in the French Quarter houses what is widely believed to be the largest and most diverse pharmaceutical collection in a single location in the United States, containing old patent medicines, books, and pharmaceutical equipment dating back as far as the early 1800s.

The Presbytère

751 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The Presbytère houses an elaborate and exquisite collection of Mardi Gras artifacts and memorabilia. The story of New Orleans’ extraordinary Mardi Gras tradition is dynamically told in a high-tech, interactive, permanent exhibition titled "Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana." The exhibit traces the celebration from its ancient origins to the 19th century emergence of New Orleans’ parades and balls to the present-day celebration that attracts millions of visitors each year.

St. Louis Cathedral

615 Pere Antoine Aly., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 525-9585  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Church/Cathedral of Interest, Historic Building

Description: St. Louis Cathedral, located in the historic French Quarter, is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. It was originally built in 1724 and rebuilt twice after a hurricane and a fire. The present church overlooks beautiful Jackson Square and was dedicated in 1794.

Steamboat Natchez

1 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 586-8777, (800) 233-2628  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Riverboat

Description: This classic Mississippi riverboat sails three times daily, at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Traditional New Orleans jazz is featured and the evening cruise includes dinner (reservations required).

The Sweat Social

Gazebo at Woldenberg Riverfront Park, New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 510-1973  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Other Attraction, Health/Fitness Club

Description: The Sweat Social provides wellness traveler's a cutting edge workout in 30 minutes so they can get right back to sippin' and shuckin'. We encourage a social, participative atmosphere for travelers to make fast friends. At the end of each workout, we raffle discounts and select offers to local restaurants, bars and boutiques to provide visitors a real sense of authentic New Orleans.

We host our workouts in a beautiful and breezy outdoor circular gazebo overlooking the mighty Mississippi in the French Quarter in Woldenberg Riverfront Park right next to the Steamboat Natchez.

Voodoo Museum

724 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 680-0128  For more information

Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description:Voodoo has been a significant part of New Orleans culture since the city was first established in the 1700s. The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum strives to preserve this aspect of NOLA history through education and entertainment. The museum explores the mysteries, legends, and traditions of voodoo, and educates visitors on the influence voodoo has had throughout the city’s history. Located in the heart of the French Quarter between Bourbon and Royal Streets, visitors can explore inside the museum or participate in haunted cemetery walking tours through downtown. The museum is open daily and is a great place to visit with families or friends to learn about the rich culture that shapes this unique city.

VooDoo Spiritual Temple

828 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 522-9627  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Located near Congo Square, featured on PBS, commercial TV and in movies. Teachings touch the soul of all people. Services offered include consultations, rituals, potions, tours, and lectures; under the direction of Priestess Miriam since 1990.

Williams Research Center

410 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 598-7171  Visit website

Attraction Type/s: Historic Building, Research Facility

Description: The Williams Research Center, also known as The Historic New Orleans Collection, is a research facility and museum dedicated to the preservation of New Orleans and Louisiana culture through historic documents, books, and photographs. The research center opened in 1996 and serves as the Collection’s primary public research facility. Inside, you can find original documents, manuscripts, and photographs, as well as over 35,000 library items, which contribute to the rich culture of the city.