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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
+1 504-568-6968
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I suggest to go and visit this museum the first day of your stay in NOLA, it will help you to understand the mood of this particular city and you will enjoy it.

Thank filobraccs
Louisiana S, Manager at Cabildo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! We hope you can make a return visit in April when our big Spanish exhibit opens!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the Cabildo before I headed to the airport and I’m very glad I did. They have a lot of interesting things on display plus interesting exhibits on Louisiana and New Orleans history. It’s a great overview if you don’t have time to visit...More

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LA_State_Museum, Manager at Cabildo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for including us in your trip! We are very proud of our exhibits and most certainly, our historic building! The gallery (the area with the breathtaking view of Jackson Square) is a favorite spot for weddings and receptions!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cabildo is a collection of things that are far more interesting elsewhere in the city. There is a display on the Battle of New Orleans (just go out to the free battlefield 15 minutes by car), general New Orleans history (see the free New...More

1  Thank Chris N
LA_State_Museum, Manager at Cabildo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We definitely appreciate the feedback. The Cabildo is certainly a one-stop shop and does not delve as deep into each subject as our targeted neighbors that you mentioned. New Orleans is full of so many great options when it comes to museums! We do hope...More

Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

My husband loves history so I went along. It wasn’t my favorite but if you love reading and seeing bits of history this is your place. We only did the first floor as the elevator wasn’t working and we couldn’t walk that many stairs.

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Good place if you’re a history buff and want to read everything. I found nothing of interest here for me personally. If you are into all things history then this is for you.

Thank RayChell313
Reviewed 26 November 2017

It's a nice stop in for when you're in Jackson Square. Lots of good history here for this smaller museum, and the building has been upkept nicely.

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 24 November 2017

A lot of History in this museum, love seen the old artifacts used years ago, dresses that women wore and some of themas suits. a lot of items that open your eyes on things that happened in the past.

Thank Anna U
Reviewed 22 November 2017

A great museum to visit to understand how New Orleans developed. From the formative years from 1718 to the present day. Nor certain how the death mask of Napolean links in to it but as Hollywood notes: why let the facts get in the way...More

Thank Helena L
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

We stopped into the Cabildo as we were walking through Jackson Square. What a great historical stop! We learned so much about the history of New Orleans. On the second floor there is a small room off the main hall that discusses disease and death;...More

Thank Ryan M
Reviewed 17 November 2017

Visit soon since it is on the long list of PC incorrect places. It is a museum with many historical items that may trigger people unaccustomed to museums.

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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
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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
Alecx M
9 November 2016|
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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.