St. Louis Cemetery #1 Tour

St. Louis #1, ‘The City of the Dead’, is just blocks away form the French Quarter, whose raucous streets are filled with life all hours of the day. Made famous worldwide in the 1969 movie Easy Rider, it is the oldest active cemetery in New Orleans – founded in the late 18th century. The cemetery contains a labyrinth of tombs, unique to most in the U.S., which hold the remains of some of the city’s important historical figures, including, as legend would have it, Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau.

**Please note that the Catholic Archdioceses of New Orleans, the custodians of St. Louis Cemetery #1, in response to recent vandalism inside the cemetery, has closed the cemetery off to regular tourism and decided to charge an entrance fee for guided tours only. Therefore, we are unable to offer this tour with no upfront costs, and need to charge a $2/person fee at booking time.  Fees collected by tour companies on behalf of the Archdioceses will go to the preservation of this historic cemetery.  (read more)

Join Free Tours by Foot on our St. Louis Cemetery #1 Tour, as we enter the world beyond and gain a true New Orleans experience. Get ready to be wowed by the resting places of New Orleans’ dead, and living (Nicolas Cage already has a tomb) and uncover a unique side of Creole Culture.  Be sure to check out our guide to New Orleans cemeteries.

Sights, people, and topics we cover on the tour:

* Homer Plessy’s tomb
* Mayor Dutch Morial tomb
* Marie Laveau and Voodoo
* Iconic “Oven” Wall Vaults
* Civil Rights in New Orleans
* Learn about jazz funerals
* The Italian Mutual Benevolent Society Tomb (Easy Rider Tomb)
* Bernard de Mandeville de Marigny
* Benjamin Latrobe Marker
* Musson Family Tomb
* Daniel Clark/Myra Clark Gaines tomb
* The Musicians Tomb

Check out our Things to See in St. Louis Cemetery #1 to learn more and watch a video of the cemetery filmed from a drone.

Tour information

St. Louis Cemetery 1 Tour Meeting PointReservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.  Groups of 10 or more persons should visit our group inquiry page.

When: @9: 30 am every day except Tuesday. View our full tour calendar.

Where: The tour starts and ends at DejaVu Restaurant at 400 Dauphine Street.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: Pay-what-you-wish.  $2 preservation fee required (see above).  Groups of 6-9 must prepay $12/person.  

Save more money in New Orleans with a tourist discount pass and consider a swamp tour and a plantation tour.