This article was published on September 4th, 2011
Established in 1983, the Germaine Cezenave Wells Mardi Gras museum pays tribute to Germaine Wells, daughter of the famous Count, who reigned as queen over 22 Mardi Gras balls from 1937 to 1968; the most of any woman in the carnival’s history.
Inside the museum you will find 25 lavish Mardi Gras gowns and costumes beautifully displayed in glass cases. The gowns are decorated with colourful feathers, elaborate bead work and delicate trim.
There are also a number of costumes and accessories worn by other members of her family, including children’s outfits.
The museum is located on the second floor of Arnauds Restaurant located at 813 Bienville Street in New Orleans. The museum is open daily to the general public and is free of charge to enter during regular restaurant hours.