After Mardi Gras, keep the party going at New Orleans’ latest attraction

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  • Published on February 20, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Culture

Take in a panoramic view of NOLA’s spirited culture, music and costumes at Vue Orleans’ exhibit space.

If there is one truth about New Orleans, there always seems to be a party going on in the city. Mardi Gras, which is known as “Fat Tuesday,” falls this year on February 21 and marks the official end of Carnival in the Big Easy. Like so many things in New Orleans, the party never really ends.

Whether you are a local or visiting New Orleans during the Mardi Gras carnival season and want a fresh perspective on the rich culture and history on display during Mardi Gras, a visit to Vue Orleans might be the break from all the revelry you need—and allow yourself 90 minutes to experience it all for a fresh perspective on the Crescent City.

Vue Orleans offers a 360° panoramic view from their 34th floor observation deck.
Vue Orleans offers a 360° panoramic view from their 34th floor observation deck. Photos courtesy of Vue Orleans

Located on top of the Four Seasons Hotel at the foot of Canal Street on the Mississippi River, Vue Orleans is part of the re-imagined International Trade Mart that first opened in 1967 and closed in 2011 when it was known as the World Trade Center.

From the 34th floor observation deck that offers a 360° panoramic view of the city (there’s an indoor observation level on the 33rd floor), to interactive exhibits featuring the culture, music and costumes with narrative interpretation from Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., the exhibits and stories on display at Vue Orleans exhibits takes many ques from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Inside the exhibit hall at Vue Orleans, located on top of the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans.
Inside the exhibit hall at Vue Orleans, located on top of the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans. Christian Horan Photography Photos courtesy of Vue Orleans

After a $380 million dollar investment by New Orleans developer Woodward Interests and Boston-based Carpenter & Company, the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences, and Vue Orleans have given new life to the former World Trade Center as an extraordinary urban resort that brings the history and culture of New Orleans into full display.

“Even if you’re a native New Orleanian like I am, and have lived here almost all my life, you will learn something about New Orleans that you did not know here,” says developer Paul Flower on a walkabout around the 33rd floor observation level. “We wanted this opportunity to be the concierge to the city,” says fellow investor and local businessman Henry Coaxum.

He adds: “We’re really the amalgamation of the best the world has to offer. All here in New Orleans. So, it’s important to understand that every exhibit is in English, Spanish, and French, because that’s what we are.”

For a podcast link on Vue Orleans, click here.

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