These places to learn about Voodoo in New Orleans are essential if you’re interested in this rather mysterious religion. Due to the misinterpretation of mainstream media, Voodoo is often associated with curses, animal sacrifices, and needles in dolls. In reality, it’s a religion that combines Catholic, African, and Haitian spiritual practices.

    Voodoo is part of New Orleans’ culture – iconic Voodoo figures in the 19th century include Marie Laveau and Dr John (or Bayou John), both of whom are still revered by practitioners to this day. Voodoo ceremonies in New Orleans are mostly private, but there are many excellent venues offering authentic experiences for curious visitors. Read on for our guide to real Voodoo spots and activities in New Orleans.


    New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

    A great start to Voodoo culture in Louisiana

    The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum displays creepy artifacts relating to the practice of Voodoo. Exhibits include altars, candles, dolls, and paintings of Voodoo saints. You can walk through the museum yourself or book a guided tour to learn more about the background of the intriguing religion and lore.

    Learn about New Orleans’ Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, by joining a walking tour to her tomb. The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum also offers ghost tours, psychic readings, and academic research. There’s a gift shop selling Voodoo dolls and potions (that may or may not work, depending on your belief).

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    Location: 724 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 504-680-0128


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    Voodoo Spiritual Temple

    A formally established Voodoo temple in New Orleans

    The Voodoo Spiritual Temple has been a staple of New Orleans’ Voodoo culture since 1990. This place of worship was founded by Priestess Miriam and the late Priest Oswan Chamani. You can find it on North Rampart Street, about half a mile northeast of Louis Armstrong Park.

    The Voodoo Spiritual Temple has a gift shop selling voodoo ritual items, some of which are made by Priestess Miriam herself. You can find handmade dolls, mojo bags, oils, herbs, incense, art, jewelry, and candles. Priestess Miriam is available for a wide range of consultations and services, including readings, weddings, baptisms, and rituals based on Afro-centric American Voodooism and the Grand Spirits of New Orleans Voodoo.

    Location: 1428 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

    Phone: +1 504-943-9795


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    St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

    Visit the tomb of Voodoo queen Marie Laveau

    Established in 1789, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest and most-visited graveyard in New Orleans. It’s the final resting place of Marie Laveau, also known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.

    The city has a thriving Voodoo culture dating back to the early 19th century, and Marie Laveau is arguably the most popular icon of this religion. Many claim to have seen her spirit wandering the cemetery grounds, unsurprisingly drawing plenty of paranormal enthusiasts. Locals also believe that Laveau materializes to lead Voodoo worship during St. John's Eve every year.

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    Location: 425 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

    Phone: +1 504-596-3050


    New Orleans Voodoo tours

    A walking tour to St. Louis Cemetery and the tomb of Marie Laveau

    New Orleans has some of the most interesting walking tours in the world. With a long history and plenty of occult-like aspects to draw on, many of the walking tours in NOLA are related to Voodoo and the paranormal.

    These tours take you through the French Quarter and sometimes outside of it, like those in the Garden District. Guides are generally knowledgeable with some even dressing up in costume and providing theatrical shows. The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum organizes walking tours to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, where you can visit the tomb of Marie Laveau.


    Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo

    Authentic voodoo store offering spiritual readings

    Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo occupies the former home of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau’s daughter, who shares the same name. The store is located in the French Quarter, just a 5-minute walk from the St. Louis Cathedral. Inside, you’ll find an altar decorated with various voodoo talismans and charms, as well as shelves displaying books on Voodoo and spirituality.

    Spiritual and psychic readings take place in the back room from noon to 5.30 pm and from 6 pm to 10.30 pm. Spiritualists at Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo have over 15 years of experience in several forms of readings, including palm, past life, psychic medium, and Tarot card readings.

    Location: 741 Bourbon St, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 1.30 am, Sunday–Thursday from 10 am to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +1 504-581-3751


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    Voodoo Authentica

    A great place to learn about the practice of Voodoo

    Voodoo Authentica is a notable spiritual store on Dumaine Street, near Jackson Square. It’s a great place to learn about Voodoo in New Orleans, as it’s been owned and operated by real practitioners since 1996. There’s also a wide range of items for sale, including books, handmade oils and soaps, Voodoo dolls, talismans, candles, and potions.

    You can leave offerings at Voodoo Authentica’s working altars or purchase a gris-gris (mojo) bag if you want to attract good fortune or love. It has onsite practitioners offering services like Tarot card readings and spiritual cleansings.

    Location: 612 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 504-522-2111


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    Congo Square

    A culturally significant square in Louis Armstrong Park

    Congo Square has a storied history, serving as a gathering place for New Orleans’ slave population in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The square allowed free expression of African tradition and culture, including Voodoo. Hundreds of people would enjoy various activities, including trading, dancing, and taking part in local ceremonies.

    Today, Congo Square regularly hosts live music, social gatherings, spiritual ceremonies, and drum circles. Voodoo practitioners often perform rituals at the square on special occasions like St John’s Eve. You can find the square in Louis Armstrong Park, along the northern edge of the French Quarter.

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    Bayou St. John

    Where Voodoo traditions date back to the 1830s

    Bayou St. John is a neighbourhood on the northern side of New Orleans. It takes its name from the swampy area it sits on, which plays a significant role in the city’s Voodoo culture.

    Every year on Saint John's Eve (23 June), a head-washing ceremony takes place on Magnolia Bridge over Bayou St. John. This practice dates back to the 1830s, with Marie Laveau hosting elaborate feasts in honor of St. John the Baptist. Today, Island of Salvation Botanica continues the ceremony in Bayou St. John. Everyone can take part in this celebration – you’re required to wear white clothes and headscarves and bring offerings for Marie Laveau.


    Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

    A range of musical performances across the city

    The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is a 3-day cultural festival that features prominent musical acts from all over the country. The event, also called Voodoo Fest, takes place in City Park, about 15 minutes from downtown. It usually happens during Halloween, though dates may vary.

    Over the years, the festival has welcomed Foo Fighters, Metallica, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, and Duran Duran as headliners. You can also find interactive art, a mini theme park, and an open-air market selling items inspired by Voodoo culture.

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    Open: City Park, 1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA


    Island of Salvation Botanica

    Voodoo consultations by a modern-day priestess

    Island of Salvation Botanica is owned by Priestess Sallie Ann Glassman, a modern-day Voodoo leader in Louisiana. It’s an authentic Voodoo center, where you can have personal readings, rituals, and consultations with Glassman. The shop carries all the necessary items for Voodoo, including dolls, talismans, gris-gris bags, and candles.

    Every year, Island of Salvation Botanica hosts a Voodoo head-washing ceremony on Saint John's Eve (23 June). Practitioners in white clothes and headscarves gather on Magnolia Bridge to honor famed Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau.

    Location: 2372 St Claude Ave #100, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA

    Open: Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 504-948-9961


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