New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum Voodoo Marie Laveau

No visit to New Orleans would be complete without exploring the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. Located in the heart of the French Quarter of the city, this is a fascinating museum complete with a history of voodoo, magic, secret rituals and the Voodoo Queens of the city that will assuage your sense of sight and sound. Although the museum is small, it is one of the most unique and interesting museums of the country and is a must-see on any excursion to New Orleans.

The founder of the museum, Charles Massicot, grew up on the tales of voodoo and the supernatural. The stories of his grandmother were handed down to her by her father, who has supposedly been raised by a Voodoo Queen of the city. Massicot was an artist with a great fascination for the history and eloquence of New Orleans and set up the museum so that he could share this fascination with others.

Some of the sights of this museum include a painting of Marie Laveau, which was done by Charles Gandolfo, a main altar used in the practice of voodoo, and numerous examples of voodoo dolls. The gift shop stocks many books about voodoo and the secret rituals involved in this practice. Learn the history of voodoo and how it was brought to America. If you have an interest in Zombies, there is no better place to learn about them than at this museum.

A visit to the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum will dispel many of the myths you may have heard about voodoo. Here you will gain an insight into this religion, which is three-tiered based on belief in one God, spirits and ancestors. However, God does not play a huge role in everyday life, but rather it is impacted by whole host of spirits.

One of the unique aspects of a visit to the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is that you can engage in a cemetery walking tour. The highlight of this tour is a visit to the tomb of Marie Laveau, one of the most famous New Orleans voodoo queens. On the way there, you will also meet a current voodoo priestess, who will answer any questions you may have. There are two tours each day and advance registration is required.

Another unique feature of this museum is that you can have a psychic reading if you wish for a fee of $40. Even though readings are offered on a regular basis, the museum does not guarantee any validation of the reading.

The museum is open seven days a week between the hours of 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. The cost of admission is $7 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and military personnel, $4.50 for students and $3.50 for those visitors under 12. The Cemetery Walking Tour costs $19 per person and this includes the admission fee for the museum.