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Cabildo

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Address: 701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA
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A visit to New Orleans' historic French Quarter would not be complete...

A visit to New Orleans' historic French Quarter would not be complete without a stop at Jackson Square, which is where you will find the Cabildo. On loan from the Smithsonian, the coat Andrew Jackson wore during the Battle of New Orleans returns for this groundbreaking exhibition "From Dirty Shirts to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture." This elegant Spanish colonial building neighbors St. Louis Cathedral and houses many rare artifacts of America's history. Among them is Napoleon's death mask, one of only four in existence. It was made from a mold crafted by Dr. Francesco Antommarchi, who was one of Napoleon Bonaparte's physicians at the time of his death.

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Loved the building.

It was a museum so has what you expect, info and displays on the history of the place and has one of Napoleon's death masks. However I really liked the building itself. Fabulous... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a museum so has what you expect, info and displays on the history of the place and has one of Napoleon's death masks. However I really liked the building itself. Fabulous big rooms, high ceilings, sweeping stair cases - just lovely. If you have time to spare I would pay a visit. Entry fee is $US6.18 including tax.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

I was in New Orleans and it was forty degrees and raining hard. By Jackson Square I ducked out of the rain and found myself in a history museum. There are three floors that tell the story. New Orleans' multicultural history, political intrigues, reliance on slavery, and a big display about Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans. It's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The Cabildo is worth visiting but he warned that most of it is "a book on a wall" -- old-school museum display with lots of text, which can sometimes upstage the artifacts. This makes it a bit of a slog (especially with impatient kids) but there are lots of things of interest nonetheless. Some upstairs displays are more interactive and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is a cool old building, with scary uneven stairs leading to the second floor. There are some paintings, some photos, a few odds and ends (a couple of teacups, swords, army uniforms), and a whole lot of reading material. Don't miss Napoleon's death mask as you walk into the exhibit on the 1st floor.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

The museum is a lovely 3 floor museum of Louisiana State history there are a lot of steps. They do have an elevator if needed. The museum has everything from native artifacts, to early settlement history, and war related history it is best known for Napoleons death mask.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Next door to Cathedral. Construction happening to front of building. Many interesting portraits Beautiful staircase 3 stories of Louisiana history. Plight of slaves in slavery. Dresses, suits and uniforms Swords, guns, plates and tools. The ballroom is magnificent and a peak behind the white curtains can spark imagery of sultry breezes off the gulf cooling couples on the balcony after... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This historic old seat of government had very nice art and historic displays. There were three floors of displays.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

In the spring you need to be alert to school field trips - we encountered a number while in NOLA including our visit to the The Cabildo. It was initially noisy and a bit chaotic as students ran up & down stairs and were jostling all around. That said, when they finally left we enjoyed the museum's two floors -... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Wasn't all that interested in the history of Louisiana except for the Civil War exhibits. There wasn't a whole lot and only about 6 items. The museum is sort of a ripoff for $6. I know there is a Civil War Museum on Lee Circle, but this place could have had more from Ben Butler to the Washington Rifles. Would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is a good museum if you enjoy history. The collection reviews the history of Louisiana through the late 19th Century. I enjoyed the top floor -- the pre-Civil War, Civil War, and Reconstruction period the best. It told the stories of this era from a variety of perspectives. The Cabildo is definitely worth a visit. Allow a couple of... More 

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French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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