“No food, no drinks... just music”
Preservation Hall is located in the French Quarter, just three blocks from the Mississippi River. The Hall has served many functions over the years. Originally built as a private residence in 1750, the hall has evolved into a tavern, inn, photo studio and an art gallery. The inside of the hall contains portraits of the musicians who first filled it with the beautiful sounds of New Orleans Jazz. Preservation Hall opened its doors in 1961. The hall was created as a sanctuary, to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz which had lost much of its popularity to modern jazz and rock n roll. Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the hall's founders, wanted a place where New Orleans musicians could play New Orleans Jazz, a style, they believed, should not disappear.
Today, over 40 years later, the hall is still going strong. On any given night, the hall is filled to capacity with people eager to hear New Orleans jazz played by veteran musicians in their 70's and 80's and younger musicians learning and embracing music that is both sweet and very beautiful.
Preservation Hall opens at 8:00pm every day. Music begins at 8:15pm. Admission is $15 per person and all ages are welcome. We close our gates at 11:00pm.
A must do when in New Orleans! Try to plan ahead and purchase seats online - it's worth the extra cost! It makes it more enjoyable since you're sitting and you get a fan. It does get warm and crowded. But the music is great! Loved that the musicians stuck around to greet the guests afterwards.
This was my favorite thing we did in New Orleans. Yes, line is ridiculous and you have to plan ahead to be there waiting early. The bouncer at Pat O's next door (where we started in line) told us that if you're past to the Pat O's entrance (closest to Preservation Hall), you usually get in. The end of who gets in is usually at the lamp post just to the left of the Pat O's entrance. We got in and they let our kids sit up front on the floor when I asked (kind of to the side...not in the middle where the $35 "big shots" get to sit). The people running it were kind of snippy and unfriendly but man, the music was fantastic. So worth every penny! There are t-shirts and other little gifts available to buy after show (they take credit for those). No bathrooms, but they say you can use Pat O's. And you are allowed to bring in water. My only real complaint is that I wish the show was longer. I would go multiple nights if I was in town for long!
My favorite thing to do in New Orleans! You will not be disappointed!!
Yes, it's crowded and sorta touristy... but you cannot beat the history. Other cons: there aren't a ton of seats, it's a little pricey, and it's cash only, though. Shows last about 45 minutes each. It really is a cool place and the music is phenomenal, but yeah... definitely best to know what you're going in to ahead of time.
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