The Official St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tour:
Walk Among The City’s Historic Tombs

Step beyond the iron gates of New Orleans’ most well-known cemetery and discover the charming and moving stories etched into each stone.

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Walking Tour

Take a walk through New Orleans’ past when you visit St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Discover the tombs of famous residents, get up close and personal with the city’s unique above-ground burial structures, and learn interesting historical facts. Book your tour today!
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$25.00
DEPARTS

Every 15 Minutes

UP TO

20 Guests

*Recommended to reserve in advance
Denise
My favorite person buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is Homer Plessy because of his willingness to stand up for justice against segregation.

Unveiling The Lives of New Orleans’ Past Residents

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A New Orleans visit would not be complete without an excursion through the beautifully carved above-ground tombs of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Learning about a city’s buried residents is like stepping into a hidden world, one populated by the footprints of those who came before. The Official St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tour immerses visitors in the legend and lore that exist within its marble tombs.
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 operates by the tour schedule and requires reservations. To reserve a spot on one of our daily tours, all guests must book online or in-person. Without prior booking, there is no guarantee of availability for same-day visits.

To reserve a spot on one of our daily tours, all guests must book online or in-person before arriving at the cemetery gates. Due to popular demand, guests who haven’t pre-booked or are not properly ticketed for a guided tour will NOT be allowed to enter the cemetery. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 operates with specific time slots for entry, and without prior booking, there is no guarantee of availability for same-day visits.

Woman photographing statue in St. Louis Cemetery No.1
Historic white building with statue in front at St. Louis Cemetery No.1

What To Expect On Your New Orleans Cemetery Tour

With each tour, guests will be led by an experienced local guide who is well-versed in the history of New Orleans and St. Louis Cemetery No 1. Learn fascinating facts and surprising stories about the individuals buried within cemetery walls. Fans of architecture can marvel at the many diverse styles of tombs, including ornate family vaults and society tombs.

Come see New Orleans in a whole new way – Reserve a St. Louis Cemetery tour today!

Check-In is at Basin St. Station to receive your Gate Passes, and Tour Wristbands from the Tour Desk prior to your tour. While you wait to begin, explore the Visitor Center: home to comfortable seating, a break from the weather, pristine restrooms, and the Street Car Gift Shop and Basin St. Cafe.

What To Expect On New Orleans Cemetery Tours

Statue in front of white building at St. Louis Cemetery No.1

What To Expect On Your New Orleans Cemetery Tour

With each tour, you’ll be led by an experienced local guide who is well-versed in the history of New Orleans and its famous denizens. Learn fascinating facts and surprising stories about the individuals buried within cemetery limits. Architectural connoisseurs can marvel at the many diverse styles of tombs, including ornate family vaults and community plots. See New Orleans in a whole new way when you reserve a St. Louis Cemetery tour today!

Why Tour St. Louis Cemetery No. 1?

Small Groups & Dedicated Guides

At St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, we intentionally keep touring groups small for a more intimate exploration of the grave sites. Create a deeper connection with New Orleans and its inhabitants as you ask questions and receive answers directly from your dedicated guide.

Famous and (In)Famous Residents

Get up and close personal with the final resting places of individuals like Marie Laveau, the legendary Voodoo Queen, and Homer Plessy, the plaintiff who brought the landmark civil rights case Plessy v. Ferguson to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Detailed Historical Commentary

A cemetery tour is a great way to immerse yourself in the past. Get a sense of what life was like for the many generations of people buried in New Orleans. You'll even learn some interesting facts about the cemetery's distinctive above-ground tombs and the reasons that led to this unique regional custom.

Flexible & Easy Booking

Our customer service team prioritizes the positive experiences of all guests who tour with us. Our flexible and convenient online booking system can help you select a tour day and time that works best for you. Please note, that all guests must pre-book tickets and check-in at our cemetery tour desk located at 501 Basin Street before attending the tour.

Ready For Your St. Louis Cemetery Excursion?

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Richie
All those entombed in the cemetery have a unique story that contributes to New Orleans’ rich historical and cultural heritage. You’ll discover musicians, politicians, war heroes, pirates, inventors, civil rights activists, artists, educators, and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear during the walking tour?

Comfortable shoes are the most important item – many uneven surfaces exist in the historic site.

Light airy clothing in the hot summer months – jackets and hats in the colder winter months.

We highly encourage booking in advance to insure a place on the tour. Each tour departure is limited to 20 persons. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in with our cemetery tour desk at 501 Basin Street (Visitor’s Center) to allow time for ticketing & greeting!

Online on this site (Book Now button)  -or-  at the Cemetery Tour Desk at Basin St. Station (501 Basin St.) just across the street from St. Louis Cemetery #1. 

Tours are expected to book up – Don’t wait until the last minute! 

The walking tour lasts 45 minutes.

A maximum of 20 persons is allowed for each tour departure.  That’s why it’s so important to purchase tickets in advance.  Infants 0-2yrs  do not require a ticket or reservation, and may accompany adults for FREE. 

A Time Capsule Etched In Stone

Officially founded in 1718 by the French, New Orleans became famous for its Mardi Gras celebrations, distinct cuisine, and lively music. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 effectively functions as a de facto time capsule for the city throughout different periods of its history. From the mysterious life and death of the renowned Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau to the eccentric Nicolas Cage pyramid tomb, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 encapsulates the soul of the Big Easy in all its quirks and glory. In short, no trip to New Orleans is complete without a visit to this beautiful historic cemetery.

An Above-Ground Necropolis

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 hosts hundreds of above-ground tombs unlike any others in the United States. Established in 1789, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest extant cemetery in New Orleans. These distinctive above-ground tombs became increasingly popular in the city throughout the late 18th century due to the climate in New Orleans that made traditional underground graves impractical. As time went on, these burial structures evolved into ornate architectural works of art that reflected the social status of the families buried within.

Rahsaan
It is a privilege to be able to tell the stories of the legendary people who made this city famous. To everybody who seeks knowledge, clarity, and understanding, a St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 tour is for you.