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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Free admission
1300 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112

The Basics

The final resting place of thousands, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 occupies one square block just outside the French Quarter. Many notable New Orleans residents are interred here, including Homer Plessy and Etienne de Boré. Famous voodoo queen Marie Laveau is also rumored to be entombed here.

Most tours of the cemeteries are offered as a part of city sightseeing excursions via bike or bus. A guided walking tour through the burial ground is a true trip through Louisiana history and the only way to enter St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

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New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
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$55.00 per adult
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The tour guide was very knowledgeable. They picked us up from our hotel and the tour was worth the money and time.
Shirley_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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It was awesome! Highly...
Skyler_S, May 2022
New Orleans St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
It was awesome! Highly recommend this tour. Sally was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Answered all of our questions.
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Great Learning Experience in a Fascinating Place
Wendy_L, Apr 2022
New Orleans St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
We loved hearing about the meaning of various symbols and styles of tombs. We also loved hearing specific details about the people who are buried there. Finally, we enjoyed hearing more about how the cemetery operates and is maintained.
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Lovely interesting tour.
Shelley_p, Apr 2022
New Orleans St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
Our guide was fun and super knowledgeable and was able to fit the tour to our interests. Would love to tour other cemeteries with her.
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Sally for the Win
Amber_F, Mar 2022
New Orleans St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
Sally our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the history of those entombed as well as the symbolism, markings, and statutes of the crypts. Highly recommend going with Sally if you're a cemetary Nerd; all the other tours had come and gone and didn't cover the grounds as we did. We were a small group and Sally made sure we were all able to ask questions and see what we wanted.
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Fantastic!
Michaela_M, Mar 2022
New Orleans St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
Sally was so knowledgeable and you can tell she has a passion for these tours and graves. We learned a lot and she was a great tour guide.
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A tour not to be missed.
Dennis_N, Mar 2022
New Orleans St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
The tour guide demonstrated excellent knowledge and presentation skills. It was a great history lesson, filled with interesting anecdotes.
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Fascinating! A Must Do When Visiting New Orleans
Robert_P, Mar 2022
New Orleans St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
Sally Asher’s knowledge and stories about each of the graves was very informative and educational. I learned a lot, not just about the cemetery, but about the city of New Orleans.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Roman Catholic Archdiocese has closed St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 to the public due to a rise in vandalism. Visitors must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.

  • These cemeteries still host several funerals per year. Be respectful during an active burial.

  • No pets are allowed on tours, with the exception of service animals.

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How to Get There

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located within walking distance of Treme and the French Quarter. The cemetery is accessible via the city's streetcars, buses, or by car, but since you are required to visit with a licensed guide, you may meet your party elsewhere and arrive at the site together.

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When to Get There

New Orleans cemeteries are open daily but close weekdays around 3pm and even earlier on weekends. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is only accessible to those on guided tours with licensed tour companies.

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Society Tombs

New Orleans cemeteries feature society tombs and wall vaults containing the remains of people who chose to be buried with their social organizations rather than their families. Examples include the French Mutual Benevolent Society, the New Orleans Musicians Tomb, and the Orleans Battalion of Artillery Tomb.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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