1. LaLaurie Mansion
Every ghost tour in the city will swing by this historic building. Madame LaLaurie was a terribly evil woman who tortured and did experiments on slaves, which was finally revealed after a devastating house fire. Madame LaLaurie and her husband fled to France to escape punishment, but the tortured souls of her victims remain. 1140 Royal Street.
2. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
Built in the early 1700s, Lafitte’s is the oldest building in the country currently being used as a bar. Legend has it that Jean Lafitte used the building to run his Barataria smuggling operation, and many patrons and employees have reported seeing a figure standing in the corner, surveying the bar, only to disappear when your eyes meet. Others have reported seeing glowing eyes coming from the fireplace. Creepy! 941 Bourbon Street.
3. Muriel's - Jackson Square
Ever dined with a ghost? Well you just might be over at Muriel’s. In the 1800’s, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan spent years making the place his dream home, only to lose it in a poor game in 1814. Rather than move out, he committed suicide in the home. It’s believed that Mr. Jourdan is still present today, and that’s not the only spirit wandering the halls… It’s also believed that there’s a bit of a mischievous ghost that roams around and has been known to throw glasses around. 801 Chartres Street.
4. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
The city’s oldest burial ground is bound to have a few restless souls. While you can’t access the cemetery without a tour guide, when you do visit, you’ll see Marie Laveau’s tomb. You won’t have any trouble finding it, as it’s covered in several small red X’s and other offerings from visitors past who were hoping for the voodoo queen’s assistance. If you go, be aware that you are not allowed to mark the graves. 425 Basin Street.
5. Hotel Monteleone
Having been established in 1886, it’s no surprise to hear that this historic hotel may have a few spirits that have checked in indefinitely. There’s a restaurant door that opens and closes every evening, even though the door is locked and no one around it. Spooky? Well there’s other reports that the elevator will drop on the wrong floor, where people have reported seeing apparitions of children playing. One ghost is believed to be that of a toddler named Maurice Begere, and guests have reported seeing him in the room where he died. 214 Royal Street.
6. La Pavillion
La Pavillion might just be one of the most haunted hotels in the city. One paranormal investigating team visited the hotel and claimed that they believe nearly 100 spirits are stuck in between plains. The most common sighting is that of a well-dressed couple in 1920s evening attire which have been seen on the first floor lobby. There’s also allegedly a prankster ghost who hangs our on the 3rd floor and has been known to yank the sheets off of the bed and likes to move guests’ belongings around. 833 Poydras Street.
7. Pharmacy Museum
A trip to the Pharmacy Museum is always educational, but be warned you may come face to face with the paranormal. Allegedly haunted by the ghost of Dr. Dupas, who lived in the building from 1855 until his death in 1867. He is seen wearing a brown suit and a matching top hat, and is known for throwing books, rearranging display items in the museum, and even setting off the security alarms. 514 Chartres Street.
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