Lower 9th Ward Living Museum, New Orleans

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  • A must see to learn the truth about the Lower 9th Ward. A lot of history here. A lot of pain here but also you can see how proud this community is.  more »
  • I brought my 14 yo daughters here to learn more about the area. This small museum is loaded with history, and the woman working there (a local high school teacher) provided even more interesting infor...  more »
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  • Fantastic museum! It's an old house that has been turned into a museum. Admission is free, and it can be gone through relatively quickly, so definitely stop by! There are ~4 rooms that roughly cover different eras. The first is more about the history of the Lower Ninth Ward during the earlier days of New Orleans, while the second talks about people who have come out of the area more recently. One room is dedicated to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Highly recommend this room! Regardless of how much you know about disaster capitalism and such, it is sobering to read about what happened (and is still happening) to the (mostly poor) people of New Orleans during and after Katrina. The last room is about organizations that have started since Katrina to help the Lower Ninth Ward and the city.
  • This is a small, simple museum but my wife and I were very impressed by it. It's just a few rooms with displays on the walls, but we found them compelling. They take you chronologically through the history of the Lower Ninth Ward, including 1927 when the levee was dynamited to flood the ward with water that New Orleans officials were afraid would inundate the parts of the city they considered worth saving. Lots of interesting and heartbreaking nuggets like that, as well as video interviews of locals. As small as it is, we spent nearly an hour there. The volunteer greeter was super nice. By the way, you can walk over the bridge to get there, but don't enter the bridge the way a car would. Walk in the alley on the side, at the end of which are stairs to a pedestrian path on the side of the bridge. At the end there's a passage where you can go under the road for a more direct route to the museum. Walking back, we found there's a path on the north side of the bridge too.

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