One of my favorites. Call for times and see a prie -dieu with a dambala snake carved in it. Voodoo and Catholicism has become one in the same. Our Sacred Stories Educating through Storytelling More...
Beautiful site,the staff was wonderful.
Attended a wedding here. It was very nice the way that it was all decorated and how the space was used. The only thing is that guest tables were separated quite a bit. Would go back to actually hear the full history of the museum. More...
Must go to if you visit New Orleans. This was a great eye opening experience in New Orleans. If you want to understand history of New Orleans from another perspective this is a go to! You learn and get questions answered an get clarification on the black history of New Orleans. Great place for family,couples,single just everyone to visit! More...
CupCake Fairies is Awesome!!! The store is beautifully designed and decorated, it’s so welcoming. The staff is Awesome they truly care about everyone that comes through the door. Their FairyCakes are so original and addictive. Plus you have the options to customize your cupcakes, cakes, etc. They have great lunch specials and good breakfast options. I love the frappes!!!! More...
Excellent historical experience. Superb tour and knowledgeable staff.
It was excellent and the presentation at the museum blew my mind. There was so much history involved at this site.
Very informative. A lot of knowledge gained about free people of color and slaves in New Orleans.Made me contrast with the black experience here in Chicago.
Very insightful. Schools should bring students here to see their history; because they do not know this history and African American children need to know this history; if they knew this I believe their behaviors toward each other would change. More...
These cupcakes should be against the law!!!!! I’m a certified cupcake eater and these were absolutely amazing! I’ve never tasted anything so unique. I wonder if they ship!!!
This place has so much history of non-whites in Mississippi.
Please go there you won't regret it. A knowledgeable curator leads you through the history of new Orleans and the slave trade. Small group so any questions can be addressed. Surrounded in a old home with lots of interesting art and historical documents. More...
This place is amazing. It has some of the most premier art work in the world displayed. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I really like the manicured gardens and the brick fence. It's a lovely space. It compliments the grandeur of Esplanade. More...
The history that Dr. McKenna and his wife accumulated and placed on display at this beautiful historic mansion on one of the Most Iconic and Historic streets in New Orleans, Is beyond words. The tour was remarkable and I gained more than Knowledge than I could imagine. The books in the BOOK NOOK makes you want to purchase them all. A great boutique museum. I will be visiting the other very very soon. More...
Historical Black History During Days of Slavery
Very interesting and informative tour. Nice, friendly staff and the curator seemed to be knowledgeable. I would recommend this place.
Great history. Kim was amazing historian and really knew her topic. The artifacts and documents were quite interesting to view. I'd defiently recommend going there. More...
The information was priceless. The atmosphere was reminiscent. Overall, this was a very educational, and enlightening tour. I enjoyed the experience very much. More...
Zoila Martinez Loeza
Amaizing Museum, if you ate i teresting i. The African American Histori you have to go.
Loved the tour. The curator was awesome very knowledgeable! Very informative a must visit!!
This place Is great Its very unique with stylish cakes specialized cupcakes and a variety of cookies. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the area feels lively.
I not only enjoyed my jumbo strawberry cupcake, but was greeted with a warm smile and wonderful conversation. These two young ladies are awesome. Thank you Cupcake Fairies.
Stopped by the museum today without an appointment (they do very small group tours by scheduled appointments), and was fortunate able to get fit in since they were under capacity for the tour. I learned a lot more than what I already knew. The tour guide, Kim, is both funny and informative. The paintings and photographs displayed are beautiful, and there's nuggets of historical documents and information nicely displayed. Additionally, the house and the grounds are beautifully maintained. I'd highly recommend going if you'd like to learn more about local history, especially since the city is undergoing a lot of demographic and cultural changes. More...
Loved the history tour and the staff was amazing!!
I lern a lot there .yesss
Learn alot about New Orleans on its History about how blacks play they on building it.
Es un lugar imperdible. Y si tienes suerte y te toca Kim como guía es todo lo que necesitas para entender la cultura de la gente libre de color de Nueva Orleans
luis de la torre g
Very beautiful place and educational
A lot of history guides will informed
Such a blessing to have this beautifully peaceful place in our own backyard!
Absolutely delicious and great customer service
A very nice place and day for a wedding, parking wasn't bad either. So much rich history in this place my wife and I loved it. If you are in the city it is most definitely a stop.We left there and went and got snowball, (Snocones) More...
Ordered unicorn cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday and they are just divine! Beautifully decorated and so tasty. Wonderful customer service too! We will be back!
Wonderful tour, docents very knowledgeable and shared personal anecdotes that made tour more intimate.
Awesome history of freed blacks from the Louisiana culture, pre- America up till modern day. A must see if you are in New Orleans
Staff was welcoming and very informative. I learned more intimate details about the struggles of my people. It was difficult to hear some of the trials, heart breaks and triumphs that still continue in some forms. It's very important to know ones history so it is not repeated. Thank you for the lessons to carry back to share with others. I will return to sit on that beautiful porch and enjoy the gardens. More...
Both museums in the McKenna collection are not to be missed for their historic perspective. The tours are wonderful as led by Kim who is a fountain of information and forthright speech. The collection of art is fascinating and worth spending a lot of time with in both museums. Not to be missed, More...
I was looking for a cupcake for my daughter's birthday...Googled this place, went there and bought 2, a lemon and red velvet. ..Delicious...I'll be back...Thank you Cupcake Fairies!!! More...
Ray Morrow Jr
Amazing young woman gave a fact filled narration of the history of free people of color's history. Fascinating artifacts on display.
Kristin Evenson Hirst
Guide Kim was splendid, delivering so much information with grace and humor. Get out of the Quarter and see this place. Beautiful house filled with antiques, so many paintings and prints, documents (with printed transcripts for those in difficulty scripts).
Terrific tour!!! One of the best things we did in NOLA. Very unformative about the life of free blacks in early New Orleans. Kim was a wealth of information--a wonderful guide to More...
This place was beautiful and a great resource of knowledge. Our guide was super sweet and led us throughout the museum as it she was our friend. Telling us stories and information, not reciting a lesson to us. I enjoyed it a lot and highly recommend. If you are looking for places to go they give their own map of black owned business to go to throughout NOLA. Their courtyard is beautiful too, great for pictures. #culture #rainyday #accessible #mustsee #learn More...
red velvet cupcake, one of the best cupcakes to melt in your mouth
Shared my double cupcake with my husband and he said “this is the best cupcake I’ve ever eaten!”
Excellent as always, great conversation, great beverages and excellent confections. The strawberry lemonade is the absolute truth!!!!!
Always delicious and they ladies there are so nice
Thank you so much for making my daughter’s birthday special Again. The cupcakes are DA BOMB, but you ladies are really the treat. Love you, love the cupcakes and cookies. Sincerely, the girls from Orlando More...
Katrina Randolph Luma
Great ladies serving yummy treats!
Please visit this place. And when you do, I hope Kim does your tour .She's the museum's curator and gives an excellent tour. She's so good, I kept asking myself "How can she remenber all of this information?" Please stop by when you visit New Orleans. Be sure to make an appointment. And they do accept debit and credit cards for the entrance fee, which by the way, is well worth the cost. More...
Lovely house museum filled with art and artifacts related to New Orleans' Free People of Color. The best part of the visit was the fantastic tour/lecture from our docent Kim Coleman. My group of 15 highly-trained volunteer and professional tour guides were unanimous in their praise of Ms. Coleman's depth and breadth of knowledge and her engaging style. Our hour-long visit flew by! More...
I love this place so much, I come just alot everyday for their lunch special and to just be around the very pleasant owners. You can feel the great spirit within the establishment and it always smells so yummy in there. Definitely recommend their Macarons! They are my favorite! Great place overall. More...
I love it! Thanks a bunch..its highly recommended!
I highly recommend going here to cater to your sweet tooth. We met the owner, who was very pleasant, and basically gave us a full view of the menu and a description of everything on display. It's a clean, beautiful establishment and the cupcakes were AMAZING!!! My favorites were the caramel and the cookies and cream. We hope to return when visiting New Orleans again!! More...
Grafton G. Salvant
Their confectioneries are are great. Support small businesses in our community.
Wonderful place that smells so sweet when you walk in. The aroma creates instant atmosphere.
I learned such history on this tour. Kim was a wealth of knowledge, everyone should partake in this education. I can't recommend it enough!
Really good, my girlfriend is super picky and enjoyed them! we tried the birthday cake and marble couple cakes. Great staff!
Everything was sweet from the cupcakes to the hospitable service. Thank you for welcoming me into your establishment and giving me the chance to celebrate your life with your family and friends. What a memorable experience
The cupcake was delicious. Thanks for giving me tips on other local places to patronize.
The unique character and history of les gens de couleur libres in New Orleans is on full display at Le Musée. This magnificent museum is a must see destination. Highly recommended!
An outstanding learning experience about the kind of narratives that don't make it into our history books.
Tanika Rhea Scott
Knowledge that is needed for all. If you are ever visiting Nawlins' you must visit this gem!
I was there for a wedding and it was beautiful and the staff was excellent. The food was great also.
I enjoyed visiting the museum, and I learned more than I have ever knew about black history. They have very pleasant and informative staff. I would recommend this museum to anyone. More...
Desmond G Muhammad
The lessons and atmosphere were eye opening. So much pride arises as you learn about the history of this place and the citizenry. Absolutely amazing!
Definitely a place to visit! So much history in one place. The ladies are very knowledgeable and inviting.
A must, experience!!!!! Learn the history of free people of color, told by free people of color.
Incredible history of a remarkable place. The docents' depth and breadth of knowledge is impressive, and the owners are gracious. The artifacts collected are breathtakingly ornate, creating a rich glimpse into New Orleans' unique culture. Call ahead and set up a tour. We would absolutely come back! More...
Heather Woodard Morris
We had such a special visit to the museum. Kim gave us an incredible informative tour. The museum is beautiful and intimate. It was the highlight of our trip to New Orleans. More...
Donovan Birch Jr
I had an amazing time! Sara was extremely knowledgable and interactive. Andrea is a wonderful leader and very hospitable. She connected me and my friend with a list of all the black businesses in NOLA and even revealed that you can stay at the FPC house . This is definitely a MUST see if you're in NOLA. More...
This entire Staff was amazing. It was the highlight of our trip. The artwork was wonderful not to mention the tour guide was very knowledgeable. They even helped us to select locations to visit during the rest of our stay. Stunning historical house. You'll want to peek into the inside of New Orleans. More...
Brenda Garibaldi Hatfield
A beautiful historical and informational place to visit and learn about Free People of Color. Also a lovely setting for literary meetings and book reviews, as well as receptions or luncheons.
Beverly and Dwight McKenna have made significant contributions to the history and culture of our society. More...
Shawn Sigl Gruenig
As a New Orleans native, I was embarrassed that I had no idea that this gem was there. I went for a book signing and reading. The house provided the perfect backdrop to an author who strives for ALL voices to be heard. I am definitely putting this on visitors to do list when they come to our awesome city. Wonderful venue for meetings or parties. More...
A C Butler Wheatley
It was a first for me to attend an event here but it was very nice. The set up and backdrop was befitting and showcased our city well. And now on to the food and staff, above average I must say. I diffently would recommend and revisit. More...
This museum is a must see for those folks wanting to learn about the little known history of Creole New Orleanians. This is a history vital to our culture and who we are today and what has made this city so loved by so many. Le Musee host many wonderful events all year long, so get on their email list today! More...
I live in NYC but when my partner and I decided to take a trip to New Orleans, I made it a point to visit the Musee. We had a tour with Sara and she was very knowledgeable, friendly, and a gifted storyteller. Growing up primarily in the midwest, I can confidently say that free people of color were not mentioned *anywhere* in my American History books, so to visit a museum devoted to those stories and legacies was really a revelation. Keep up the amazing work! More...
This has been quite the journey thus far! My husband and I have been blown away by the amount of history we've received!
Had a terrific tour with Kim this morning; a compelling view of the important and unique history of New Orleans.
This museum is a MUST SEE for everyone. I hesitate to say "visitors of New Orleans" because I met a lot of native folks in the city who had never visited this house for themselves. The history is so relevant and important for everyone to hear, especially in today's global climate. THANK YOU Kim for the amazing tour! More...
Many tours in the city offer a guide who learned from a guide what to say with an antiseptic approach about the unique history of New Orleans. Not here. Kim, the docent and our tour guide, shared an history of the free people of color in New Orleans with depth, perspective, and a sensibility that helped us learn more in one hour than we did on several other tours combined. We would have stayed for a second hour if the museum weren't closing.This is The Best Experience for people who want to understand the true history of the region, especially the implications the nuances of race. More...
This is a great cupcake place. There's a nice balance of frosting to cake. All of the flavor options are tempting and delicious!
While visiting NOLA from S.C I had to place an emergency order for my best friend which was a success!!! The company even called me back the next morning to make sure I received the invoice. They offered a reasonable and fast delivery price along with a friendly welcome...Last but not least the strawberry shortcake cupcakes I ordered were delicious!!!! More...
I had never been to New Orleans before, but generally speaking I am not a touristy person--I travel, I don't tour. That said, I knew I wanted to do *some* adventuring. I had learned a bit about free people of color in New Orleans, so I just googled that to see if there happened to be any museums dedicated to the subject, and voilà! Practically speaking, this museum is the perfect size and the tour the perfect length to make you feel like you got your money's worth and learned something but are not overwhelmed or exhausted. I spent about two hours there, and I like that they gave a tour but also allowed for time to just browse. It's only a couple rooms, but it's chock full of stuff--it reminded me of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, except that one is chock full and a mess, and this one was chock full but not so busy you couldn't focus on one thing at a time.The docents are really brilliant women who talk like humans, not tour guide robots, and I could tell it wasn't a script so much as a person with genuine interest just telling me about a subject they happen to know a lot about. I learned a lot, but not in a way that feels like attending class (like so many museum tours feel like). Highly, highly recommend! I'm finally getting to this review like three weeks after being there and I still have a strong memory of how much I enjoyed my experience there.The building itself and the grounds are gorgeous, and I can see why people hold weddings and other events there. More...
We love this place! The owners are the sweetest and they made my husband and I feel like fam. We’re from Austin and the gave us so many recommendations along with yummy cupcakes. Highly recommend!
Elaine Stewart Jones
My granddaughter and I stopped in for their delicious cupcakes OMG!! Their to die for.... Rich and flavorful God Bless you guys keep it going
Melissa CupcakeFairies Woods
The Cupcake Fairies Cafe is a Magical Experience!! EVERYTHING taste delicious.
Their Pineapple Upside Down Cake is my favorite!!!
Loved the tour and hearing about the history of free people of color which I had not heard before. I recommend making a stop here if you are visiting NOLA. Call ahead to get their tour times. More...
Absolutely a highlight of our trip to NOLA. It's quite frankly unbelievable that this museum is not more well-known. The museum aspect of this place is less important than the stories you get on the tour -- well worth the $15 (or more! !). Kim, our guide, told us the history we hadn't heard at any other site in New Orleans, both as it pertained to the free people of color (an absolutely incredible and rarely-discussed story) and also as it pertained to the city history as a whole. Truly a cornerstone of our education on this city! Go!! More...
How many people need to tell you that this is a five star stop on a trip to New Orleans before you go?! Looks like I'm the 22nd of what now has become many and plenty of visitors. Albeit small for a museum given that it looks like it's in a home, every inch (and I mean it) is filled with a fascinating piece of history. I learned, felt and experienced so much.The museum is open daily from 12-4 during the week and by appointment only on the weekends due to their limited staffing. I went on a Wednesday around 1 and we were the only patrons. In fact, I thought the museum was closed because all of the lights were off. Silly me! They were just saving some energy because no one was there. So if it looks closed during their open hours just give the door a hard knock or the door bell a ring or two.As the only people there, I guess you could say we were on a private tour. The house is divided into rooms based on time period with primary historical sources on display. I think a lot of people think slavery was some sort of cut and dry thing based on what we learn briefly in school or see in movies. It in itself is incredibly complex along with the long-term implications it's left behind (but I guess that's a discussion for a different website). All I'm saying is: race relations in the South were and are incredibly interesting. I'm glad to know more from such an incredibly engaging and knowledgable tour guide, Sarah. You can definitely tell that she is the heart of le musee.I also like that this is the only museum in the country that tells an African-American narrative from African-American NARRATORS! Who would have thunk it! About damn time! More...
The best museum tour I've ever been on! Informative, emotional, and empowering. Great tour guide and Excellent curator.
Such an amazing experience!! I am from south Louisiana and still learned so much history. I would highly recommend you take the guided tour-you will gain so much more. The historian, Sarah was very well versed in the history and was able to answer our questions. Her tour helped clear up so many misconceptions about people of color in Louisiana and Louisiana history. She articulated the facts very well and referred several books during the tour(also on showcase). I HIGHLY recommend this tour to everyone, especially if you are African American. "Until the lion writes the story, the tale will always glorify the hunter" African proverb. More...
My friend found this museum and invited six of us to go along with her while vacationing in New Orleans. We had a private tour that was very informational and interesting! We even liked it better than the Degas museum tour which is right down the street (although that was a good stop as well). It was fascinating to learn about the Code Noir and how influential Free People of Color were in the city. There is definitely a difference between New Orleans' history with slaves and free people of color versus other towns' history. I learned lots of new things. More...
The young woman tour guide gave us a 90-minute personalized tour. Nothing short of incredible. The depth of her knowledge was extremely impressive, and she was able to seamlessly connect race, class, culture, power, and geography over various historical contexts. How do current racial dynamics relate to the ideas of power and culture in 19th century New Orleans? She can answer that. How does race drive Mardi Gras traditions? She's got that down too. I think you get the point. And the house is truly beautiful. If you have at least 36 hrs in New Orleans, this is a must-visit. No other American city has such complex and rich racial and cultural history than New Orleans and the museum highlights this. More...
I found this place on Google a few months ago while planning my trip to Nola, and I'm so glad I made sure to visit this place! It's so full of rich history and made me feel such a sense of empowerment. This museum highlights the contributions and successes of free people of color and helped me understand how the origins of the rich African culture remained deeply rooted in New Orleans. My tour guide was both gracious and knowledgeable. My fiancé and I even took a tour of the property as a potential destination wedding venue. I will definitely visit again! More...
One of the best museum experiences I've ever had, mostly due to how knowledgeable and amazing our tour guide Kim and Andrea were. Well worth the price of admission and I will come back every time I came to New Orleans and bring friends. More...
My wife and I scheduled our tour and we're guided by a knowledgeable docent who was generous with time and patient with our questions. The museum had a wonderful collection that told some history we hadn't known. The house and grounds were beautiful and we learned they serve meals and the venue can also be reserved for events. I'd say it was one of our more memorable experiences in New Orleans. Thanks! More...
We had been planning to go to Le Musee de FPC from the first moment we decided to go New Orleans. Months of anticipation was totally fulfilled in the tour. The guides were stellar with great insights on the deep, rich history of this French-Spanish-American city. The history of the free people is complex. Nothing like this experience exists outside of New Orleans, if you are visiting and you want something beyond the touristy detritus, run don't walk. More...
Just finished a tour with Sara. This is an underappreciated gem in NOLA, and probably one of the best museum tours I've ever been to. Tours run on the hour.
I took a tour of the museums during my visit. This was the best museums I have ever been to, the beautiful art and rich history makes it a must see. Thank you!
I am so thankful for places like these. Places that tell my story. This is a black owned museum that has strong ties in the local community. Jari and Andrea gave my family and I a tour and I loved that they knew so much, not just about the things in the museum but about history as a whole. I didn't feel like I was walking through a big sterile museum. I felt like I was walking through a friends home that I've known for decades. I also liked how this museum did not focus on slavery but on the accomplishments of black free people of color. I was only in NO for a little bit, but I was told that Le Musee hosts events as well, like weddings, art exhibits, and fellowship gatherings. I felt empowered when leaving the grounds of the museum. I felt like I had met long lost family. I recommend this place to all people of the African Diaspora. More...
Best Museum experience I have had, incredibly powerful and educational experience. Our guide was very insightful, and well versed on the history of NOLA in general and most importantly of the free people of color. Its a must in New Orleans and an experience to have - highly highly recommended. More...
My wife Crystal and I visited last month and had a great conversation with co-founder and collector, Beverly McKenna about this piece and how it spoke to her. They were so open and giving, we spent an extra hour (time before and after our tour) sharing stories about history and art and our relationship to each. It's a family-run business and Mrs. McKenna's cousin Andrea showed us their other properties nearby that could be used for people who use AirBnB. Visiting this museum was the first thing we did after landed (after we ate) and by far the best part of the trip. Definitely plan to return and show love. More...
We went to the museum this week for a guided tour. We had to call ahead to schedule our tour, and it was well worth it. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgable about all aspects of African American history and New Orleans in particular. He even knew about Philadelphia history, where we are from. He truly had an encyclopedic knowledge. This was the best museum we visited on our whole trip. The house itself is gorgeous and very well preserved. This is a gem, and a must see for anyone interested in black history. More...
My husband and I arranged a private tour, and it was well-worth it! The staff were pro-actively communicative via email about scheduling. Our guide was super-knowledgeable and accommodating, clearly proud of his own history as a New Orleans native and descendant of free people of color. And we met one of the owners after our tour - this is clearly a passion project of all involved. Support this place by visiting! More...
Hands down!The best venue to get married in New Orleans. We had guests in attendance from all over the US. They were in awe at the art and history of the museum. We were given a few tours before we actually got married. From day 1, I knew this was the place I wanted to get married. There were no hidden charges and everyone was so responsive. They worked well with our vendors, so everyone was happy. I think our photographer booked his wedding there as well. I loved the space. We had guests indoors on 2 floors and outdoors in a beautiful garden. There was not a bored soul in the space. I loved renting the cottage to get dressed and spend our wedding night. It was beautiful. They served great champagne, wine and punch. It was truly romantic. Thanks sooo much, Beverly, Andrea, Wendy, Clare. Happy wife, happy life. More...
My Husband and I chose Le Musee de FPC as our destination wedding venue and we could not have made a better choice. From the moment we decided that the museum was the place for us the owner Beverly was nothing but attentive and accommodating. We looked at multiple venues in New Orleans and there was always something about each one that wasn't quite right. Le Musee de FPC was perfect. The beautiful garden and outdoor space is just the start and the most picturesque setting for an indoor/outdoor ceremony and reception. The house itself is gorgeous and when you enter the museum you can feel the warmth that only comes from a place that has been loved. My husband and I were welcomed into the space and graciously shown around, the history contained within the walls is inspiring and breathtaking. It made the perfect back drop to the celebration we had there.On the day of our wedding there were reports of rain. Beverly was amazing and the museum is so spacious the wedding ceremony could have been held on either floor of the beautiful house. Thankfully the rain held out until the next morning but it felt great to know that her and her staff were working hard to make sure our special day went off without a hitch. The night ended with a bang when the surprise brass band showed up and led a 2nd line through the museum and out to the patio where they played the night away.We are so happy we met Beverly and that we made the decision to have our wedding at Le Musee de FPC. I highly recommend this museum to anyone, whether you want to see a wonderful collection of historical and cultural artifacts or you are looking for the perfect setting for a celebration. Le Musee de FPC on Esplanade is definitely worth the trip. More...
While planning my trip to Nola, I knew I wanted to get in some historical finds. So, I did a search on the tourism site and found this museum. Im not sure why i stuck out to me but I did. So I began to email the curator and owner of the musee. We were back and forth in correspondence and she was very accommodating to our schedule on the day of our visit. The museum was gorgeous and the back drop was this beautiful home on Esplanade Ave, which I was told where Solange lives at, lol. The owner, Beverly McKenna, happened to be our tour guide and eloquently painted a picture of the past and present of Nola. I think what surprised my friends and I the most is that her and husband had been collecting art from around their early 20s to know almost 40 years later. It was empowering to see that her and her husband were prolific A.A in the community that worked toward educating the youth of NOLA about their history and thereby instilling pride in our history. I recommend this museum for anyone who pays NOLA a visit and the FPC stands for Free People of Color... More...