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10 places to visit near the Rampart streetcar line

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Last October, the City of New Orleans and its Regional Transit Authority introduced its North Rampart—St. Claude streetcar line to its public transportation service. With an estimated cost of $42 million, this line runs 1.6 miles between Canal Street and Elysian Fields Avenue on North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue.

Now that the line has matured, why take a trip on this line today?

From learning about Mardi Gras Indians to a deadly museum, here are 10 places to visit near the North Rampart—St. Claude Streetcar line. We’ve organized the map points from West to East.

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

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One of the most iconic cemeteries in New Orleans sits two blocks from the Rampart Streetcar line. It’s rumored to hold the tomb of renowned Voodooist Marie Laveau. And, As a fun fact, Actor Nicholas Cage has a pyramid-shaped tomb reserved here as well.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel

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Previously named the Old Mortuary chapel, this site ranks as one of the oldest religious-related buildings in New Orleans. Built circa 1826, the founders created this chapel to hold funerals for yellow fever victims.

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture

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As a great place to learn about the history of New Orleans, this museum has exclusive exhibits on Carnival Kings and Queens, Mardi Gras Indians, and other masking traditions throughout the city’s history.

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Museum of Death

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If you’re dying to see something new, this morbid museum, which is open seven days a week, sits two blocks from North Rampart Street. Its exhibits explores different records of death packed into a one-hour self-guided tour. Its sister (and original) museum in Hollywood, California, opened in 1995.

Congo Square

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One of several historic sites in New Orleans, you can visit Congo Square from the St. Ann Streetcar stop. Now part of Louis Armstrong Park, this section of Treme served as a place of music and cultural exchange for slaves of African descent in the 18th and 19th centuries. On Sundays, the Congo Square Preservation Society holds drumming performances from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Square.

Golden Feather Mardi Gras Indian Gallery (By Appointment Only)

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Open by appointment only, this Rampart Street restaurant gallery showcases unique Mardi Gras Indian art and masks. The Golden Feather also provides detailed lectures on the history of the masking tradition dating back to 1718.

Louis Armstrong Park

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This 32-acre park has beautiful scenery—including its several sculptures, pond, and water fountain. If you’re in for an architectural treat, the park also holds an old firehouse that is reminiscent of a Creole Cottage.

St Augustine's Catholic Church

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Another historic church in New Orleans, this site is the home of the Tomb of the Unknown slave, a monument dedicated to slaves of African descent who were not given marked graves and tombs upon death.

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Backstreet Cultural Museum

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Located a block from Rampart Avenue, this museum has exhibits relating to Mardi Gras Indians, Baby Dolls, jazz funerals and other African-American Carnival and social traditions.

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Cabrini Playground

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While most homes do not have front yards in the French Quarter, it’s still nice to see green space every once in a while. If you’re heading to the Quarter, check out this fenced park that has a picnic pavilion, a play station, and an open-grass area.

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

One of the most iconic cemeteries in New Orleans sits two blocks from the Rampart Streetcar line. It’s rumored to hold the tomb of renowned Voodooist Marie Laveau. And, As a fun fact, Actor Nicholas Cage has a pyramid-shaped tomb reserved here as well.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel

Previously named the Old Mortuary chapel, this site ranks as one of the oldest religious-related buildings in New Orleans. Built circa 1826, the founders created this chapel to hold funerals for yellow fever victims.

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture

As a great place to learn about the history of New Orleans, this museum has exclusive exhibits on Carnival Kings and Queens, Mardi Gras Indians, and other masking traditions throughout the city’s history.

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Museum of Death

If you’re dying to see something new, this morbid museum, which is open seven days a week, sits two blocks from North Rampart Street. Its exhibits explores different records of death packed into a one-hour self-guided tour. Its sister (and original) museum in Hollywood, California, opened in 1995.

Congo Square

One of several historic sites in New Orleans, you can visit Congo Square from the St. Ann Streetcar stop. Now part of Louis Armstrong Park, this section of Treme served as a place of music and cultural exchange for slaves of African descent in the 18th and 19th centuries. On Sundays, the Congo Square Preservation Society holds drumming performances from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Square.

Golden Feather Mardi Gras Indian Gallery (By Appointment Only)

Open by appointment only, this Rampart Street restaurant gallery showcases unique Mardi Gras Indian art and masks. The Golden Feather also provides detailed lectures on the history of the masking tradition dating back to 1718.

Louis Armstrong Park

This 32-acre park has beautiful scenery—including its several sculptures, pond, and water fountain. If you’re in for an architectural treat, the park also holds an old firehouse that is reminiscent of a Creole Cottage.

St Augustine's Catholic Church

Another historic church in New Orleans, this site is the home of the Tomb of the Unknown slave, a monument dedicated to slaves of African descent who were not given marked graves and tombs upon death.

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Backstreet Cultural Museum

Located a block from Rampart Avenue, this museum has exhibits relating to Mardi Gras Indians, Baby Dolls, jazz funerals and other African-American Carnival and social traditions.

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Cabrini Playground

While most homes do not have front yards in the French Quarter, it’s still nice to see green space every once in a while. If you’re heading to the Quarter, check out this fenced park that has a picnic pavilion, a play station, and an open-grass area.

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