Set on historic Bayou St. John in New Orleans, Pitot House tells the story of life along the bayou since the earliest days of settlement. As the city’s only Creole colonial country house open to the public, Pitot House offers a tangible record of the way people lived in the past and valuable connections to those who have contributed to the beautiful fabric of our city.

Join us to explore the past at Pitot House, where we strive to spark curious minds and prove that history can be fun!

  • Admission: $7.00 per student

  • 1 Teacher/Chaperone required per 8 students (complimentary); $10.00 additional adults

  • School Visits are available by appointment Wednesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.


Field trips to historic houses help students appreciate Louisiana’s interesting history. Filled with beauty and mystery, historic buildings offer valuable insight and a connection with those who have contributed to the beautiful fabric of our city. They are tangible records of the way people lived in the past.

The location of the Pitot House on Bayou St. John is a potent reminder of the importance of this waterway to the early settlers. Sailing into the city by this route shortened the distance from the Gulf of Mexico by 75 miles and the travel time by several weeks. Bayou St. John remained the preferred water route to New Orleans until the 1820s when sailing ships were replaced by steam ships. Comparing maps used in the 18th and 19th centuries with modern maps is an interesting experience which lends itself to numerous extensions.

The Louisiana Landmarks Society is a preservation advocacy organization that was founded in 1950. Its mission is to promote historic preservation through education, advocacy, and operation of the Pitot House. The Pitot House, built in 1799, was acquired by Landmarks in 1963 and has been a museum since the completion of its restoration in 1972. The house is interpreted as it would have appeared during the time of its occupation by James Pitot, the first Mayor of New Orleans.