The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is the only voodoo museum that we know of, and of course, it has to be in New Orleans--the perfect place to explore the Voodoo religion and practices so intimately associated with the city. Voodoo as practiced here is a mixture of cultures, including those of Africa, the Caribbean nations, and Haiti, all incorporated with Christian traditions.
The museum was created in 1972 and is run by Jerry Gandolfo. It is located at 724 Dumaine Street, between Bourbon and Royal, and is open seven days a week from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. The local number is 504-680-0128. Separate fact from movie fiction in this small museum. The gris-gris and ritual room contains an real altar dedicated to the voodoo god Exu, the guardian of the crossroads. Many other authentic voodoo artifacts are on display, including old voodoo dolls, African masks and headdresses, and sculptures. You can't miss Baron Samedi, a skeleton, who is considered to be a loa or spirit messenger. The Ju-Ju's are dead animals that ward off evil spirits, and protect the museum. You will also see portraits of famous voodoo practitioners such as Marie Laveau. Marie Laveau is the celebrated voodoo priestess who lived and practiced in the nineteenth century. The gift shop sells gris-gris bags (bags with herbs that accomplish a specific purpose), and voodoo dolls.
John Martin is a voodoo priest who gives tours of the museum, along with factual information on the religion and practice. The Museum also offers a cemetery tour of St. Louis Cemetery #1, the city's oldest cemetery, and the place where Marie Laveau is buried. Many people visit her tomb to leave offerings and request special favors. The cemetery tours take place in the morning, and reservations must be made in advance. For more information, go to the official website.
On request, Priest Martin can provide private services, such as custom gris-gris bags, marital blessings for honeymooners, and other private rituals.
More About Voodoo
If you're interested in learning more about Voodoo, or it's practice, pay a visit to the Voodoo Authentic Cultural Center & Collection located at 612 Dumaine Street. Here you can consult with experts about spells and rituals, as well as purchase necessary items.