Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo – New Orleans, Louisiana - Atlas Obscura

Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo

A museum and shop on Bourbon Street located in the French Quarter. 


Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau II — the daughter of the first Voodoo Queen of New Orleans — was known for her wild rituals in the swamps around New Orleans.

Born in 1827 in New Orleans, Marie Laveau died around 1895; some stories say she drowned in Lake Pontchartrain at the outskirts of New Orleans while performing one of her rituals. The shop is inspired by the practice of Voodoo. 

Both Marie Laveau II and her mother practiced Voodoo as well as Voudoun, and they had great influence on their multiracial followers. When on the night of June 23rd in 1874 Marie Laveau II performed one of her famous rituals at Lake Pontchartrain for St. John’s Eve, some 12,000 spectators came to be part of the event.

Marie Laveau’s House of Vodoo is a museum and store. Inside you can find many Voodoo-related items on display, as well as a Voodoo Altar, and spiritual items and books from around the world for sale. In a back room spiritual readings, spells, and Tarot card readings are held.

The shop recently moved from 739 Bourbon to 628. The shop is much smaller but holds the same great readings. Some believe the ghost of Marie Laveau is haunting Bourbon Street. 

Know Before You Go

You can visit Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 11:30 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 1:30 am. On busy days people show up at opening to sign up for readings, so arrive early to secure a spot if this is what you desire.

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