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Address: 701 Place John Paul Deaux, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: +1 504-568-6968
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

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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Nice museum of state history

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Heather S
Bath, Pennsylvania
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Bath, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Chicago, Illinois
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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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Irvine, CA
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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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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This museum is great for getting the history of the area. We had a docent to take us around and - while not necessary - did add to the experience. The area has an unusual history, and this museum helped me to understand better why New Orleans is what it is today. Highly recommended.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a terrific museum on the early history of New Orleans. There are only 3 exhibits but very good. I really enjoyed the exhibit on "the War of 1812." It's also a nice respite from the heat and it only costs $6.

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Galesburg, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We couldn't see the facade of the building. The inside was very good. Liked this display the most of everything we did today.

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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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