NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - More than six weeks since a small fire caused the Presbytère to close its doors, the French Quarter museum is now open again.
"This is perfect timing with the busy Memorial Day weekend ahead," said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. "We encourage everyone to come by and show their support."
The museum closed to the public April 3 when a fire broke out in the mechanical room, damaging the air conditioning system. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was injured, and while there was no damage to artifacts or displays in the museum, the fire did cause some light smoke damage to some interior surfaces of the building
Temporary repairs to the air conditioning system allowed the museum to reopen while permanent repairs are made. The Louisiana Office of Risk Management estimates final cost of the cleanup and repair will be less than $500,000.
The fire did not affect ongoing exterior renovations to the Presbytère and Cabildo. The $2.6 million project includes exterior repair and renovation of both buildings. The project will be complete in August 2016.