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Cabildo

701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
+1 504-568-6968
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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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701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
French Quarter
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has interesting exhibits but it lacks detailed information/history. I took a tour of the French Quarter before visiting this museum and our guide told us The Cabildo traditionally focuses more on New Orleans’ history compared to the Presbytère, however they had a Spanish...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Opened in 1799, the Cabildo served as the seat of government during colonial rule by Spain. The Louisiana Purchase was signed here in 1803, an act that doubled the size of the United States. The building was then used by the territorial court and later...More

Thank Sowellman
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LA_State_Museum, Manager at Cabildo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for such a great overview of the museum! Couldn't have said it better myself!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As someone who knew almost nothing about Louisiana before, this museum taught me so much about the founding of this state, the importance of New Orleans, the meaning of the word Creole, and how incredibly so many groups came together to win the Battle of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We kind of stumbled upon the Cabildo while exploring the French Quarter. It was MUCH better than we expected. While it was obvious that Spain has heavily invested a bit of 'cultural diplomacy' into this place, it was refreshing to learn new facts and insight...More

Thank BJ M
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LA_State_Museum, Manager at Cabildo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your flattering review! We are happy that you were able to catch the Recovered Memories exhibition, as it is only with us until July 8th! Come back in September to check out all new exhibitions!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our American history is pretty grim folks, but since we love history - we feel this is a MUST SEE. PHASE ONE - who came first and how did they react with the locals, This Museum lays everything out with photos and video so you...More

Thank heidi D
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LA_State_Museum, Manager at Cabildo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Our sentiments, exactly! We just hired an amazing education program director who will be improving the school tours even more!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum offers an array of artifacts dealing with early life in New Orleans/Louisiana. The building itself is gorgeous, with a lovely view looking over Jackson Square. You can hear the jazz music playing while walking through. The building is packed with artifacts, panels, and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some interesting history here from a Spanish point of view. Who knew that Spain was so important to the American/French victory at Yorktown! It may be oversold here but it will make me study more about it. Pensacola battle against Britain never made it into...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spur of the moment decision to visit the exhibition while in NOLA. What a find! I thought I knew American history - to include New Orleans. So much I didn't know or put together. Fantastic docent and a wonderful display. Should have spent more time...More

Thank Rick P
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LA_State_Museum, Manager at Cabildo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Very pleased that you enjoyed the exhibition! There will be all new amazing shows with installations starting at the end of July. Starting in September the Cabildo will be fully transformed once again! Come back and check us out this fall!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great museum packed with information about the Spanish involvement in Louisiana and also the US war of independence. A great deal of previously unknown history.

Thank Bob A
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I hadn’t realised the role Spain played in the establishment of the USA and its defence regarding the UK. Great exhibits and well worth a hour or so.

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LA_State_Museum, Manager at Cabildo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Surprisingly, we learned a lot about that very important part of our history during the development of this exhibition! Happy you enjoyed it, too!

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Tx2rist
26 January 2017|
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Response from Marvin M | Property representative |
Hi, Thank you so much for your interest in the Cabildo. While the Cabildo does not have a gift shop, the 1850 House Museum does! The 1850 House museum is in the Lower Pontalba building on Jackson Square only steps away from... More
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Alecx M
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Response from eringall4 | Reviewed this property |
I think you could spend 3 hours and really take your time or just move quickly through and not read every little thing for about an hour.
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