Metairie Cemetery Tour: Historic New Orleans Exploration
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New Orleans
Explore the historic Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans on a tour with Save Our Cemeteries. Discover grand funerary architecture, influential citizens' graves, and more. Book now!
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
What's Included
  • Expert tour guide
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

When you embark on a journey with the non-profit organization Save Our Cemeteries, you contribute to the preservation and safeguarding of New Orleans’ historic burial sites. Our tour groups are small and emphasize historical authenticity.

Lake Lawn Metairie cemetery received accolades from Forbes, being referred to as one of the greatest cemeteries in America.

This scenic burial ground is home to some of the most grand burial architecture and sculptures in the US. The surrounding live oaks set a lush backdrop to Greek temples, gothic and Islamic style tombs, obelisks, and marble monuments adorned with intricate ironwork and colourful stained glass.

Acting as the final resting place for some of New Orlean’s most notable and infamous inhabitants, Metairie Cemetery is home to the graves of over 9,000 individuals across 65 beautifully landscaped acres. Among those interred here are nine Louisiana governors, seven mayors of New Orleans, 49 kings of Carnival, and three Confederate generals. They lay in eternal rest alongside madams, brothel owners, legendary bandleaders Louis Prima and Al Hirt, renowned vampire novelist Anne Rice, and former Saints and Pelicans’ owner Tom Benson.

The cemetery provides easy walking paths and is wheelchair friendly.

Location
Metairie Cemetery
Pontchartrain Boulevard
Meet at the Law Enforcement Memorial in front of the funeral home.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jason_h
Apr 10, 2024
Highly recommend to go and see Metairie Cemetery - Highly recommend this tour. Glen was very knowledgeable regarding the history of the cemetery and New Orleans away from the hustle and bustle.
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Brian_h
Mar 11, 2024
Great Tour - Great tour by guide Glenn who very obviously has a keen interest in the history & families of NOLA; he really knows his stuff. Very interesting and entertaining.
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Getaway279070
Mar 3, 2024
Captivating and educational tour - I had an exceptional experience with Glen as our tour guide at the Metairie Cemetery. His extensive knowledge and engaging storytelling brought the history and significance of the cemetery to life. His friendly demeanor and ability to answer questions enriched the overall experience. Five stars without a doubt!
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Amandahr1005tp
Feb 26, 2024
Highly recommend - Glenn is the guide for the Sunday 10:00 am Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery tour, which I would highly recommend. He is knowledgeable, passionate, willing to answer and further explain any questions you may have, and surprisingly not from New Jersey. Also, please do not let his cane fool you, I am pretty sure he only uses it as a statement piece because he will walk circles around you.
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Rachelfo4439ic
Feb 19, 2024
Great educational cemetery tour! - Great tour! Glenn, our tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. Lovely walk through a beautiful cemetery.
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Homegrown1210
Feb 6, 2024
Highly recommend this thoughtful and engaging tour of Metairie! - Glenn is an exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly guide who led us on a deep dive of the history of New Orleans via the beautiful Metairie Cemetery! This tour is an amazing way to get to know the city and its cast of characters, and learn how social, political, and economic trends play out over time. As a native of the city, Glenn helps visitors connect the dots between those buried at Metairie and the New Orleans we see today. Save our Cemeteries is also a very cool non-profit dedicated to preserving and promoting New Orleans' cemeteries, so this is worth the time whether it's your first visit or you are a seasoned pro. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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K9526hzrichardr
Dec 29, 2023
A Fascinating Stroll Through New Orleans History - During a recent visit to New Orleans, my wife and I took a morning away from the craziness of the French Quarter for a morning tour of Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery with Save Our Cemeteries. On the nearly two-hour tour, we learned about the history of burial practices in New Orleans, tomb architecture, and the role of cemeteries in society. But with so many famous (and more than a few infamous) folks buried there, we also got a broader picture of New Orleans history, culture, and politics. Our tour guide, Glenn, was the best! A day before the tour he sent a text with detailed instructions on where to meet in the sprawling cemetery—important if, like us, you are getting dropped off by an Uber or a taxi. He was very personable and possessed a seemingly bottomless reservoir of knowledge on a huge range of topics. He even gave out bottles of water at the end of the tour. We highly recommend this tour. It’s a great way to get a different perspective on New Orleans, its past, its present, and its people.
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Jill_n
Nov 15, 2023
Best tour guide ever - We had the best guide ever. So knowledgeable and fun! We learned a lot! So many stories about the cemetery and ll the people involved!
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Mobile14879327712
Nov 13, 2023
Pleasantly Surprised! - I was pleasantly surprised at how great this tour was. I was originally planning to book the St Louis Tour, but I’m so glad I was able to book this tour. It was a small group with a passionate and knowledgeable guide Glenn. He provided so much insight into the history of the cemetery. I’m so glad I could support a local nonprofit that helps ensure the history of New Orleans cemetery gets shared.
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Greg_t
Nov 8, 2023
Fantastic and informative - Incredible tour! Glenn was our tour guide, and he was brilliant! A knowledgeable guide full of facts and history, he made the tour delightful. We would definitely recommend this tour!!!
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