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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 St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
New Orleans St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
$25.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Educational, not creepy
Sally was amazing! It was like touring with the subject matter expert. She even brought extra umbrellas, which we used for sun protection. She was respectful, sharing stories of lives and accomplishments. The tone was educational, not macabre. Wish I had known there’s free street parking in front of the cemetery. We all enjoyed the tour!
Rachel_O, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Go!
Heather_B, May 2022
New Orleans St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
Sally was a wealth of information! I wish she could have taken us to all the local cemeteries. I plan on ordering her book for more insight.
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Cemetery tour is a must
Barbara_G, May 2022
St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 Walking Tour
Jeanne was very knowledgeable about the history and the burial process. She answered all of our questions and took her time to make sure that we saw everything.
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This was our first ever...
Pamela_W, May 2022
New Orleans St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
This was our first ever cemetery tour. Ms. Sally shared a lot of information. I never knew how much meaning and history was in a cemetery. She gave us a new outlook.
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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.
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The best tour in New Orleans
Lewis_S, May 2022
New Orleans St. Louis #3 Cemetery Walking Tour: Angels, Architecture and Ghosts
We spent three days in New Orleans and this was by far my favorite event. My girlfriend got me interested in walking through cemeteries so I really did this for her. But, I was absolutely fascinated. Sally is absolutely amazing and her knowledge was incredible. She really knows her stuff and is such a pleasure. I think she could get anyone interested in cemeteries regardless of who they are. I literally could have had this walking tour go on for another 2 hours and it still wouldn't have been long enough. Absolutely fascinating. She was the perfect guide. Thank you.
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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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