Cabildo
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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. 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. 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. The popular tricentennial exhibition "We Love You, New Orleans" gives a great overview of all there is to love about the city.
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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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  • Heath W
    Denver, Colorado64 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Skip it
    It’s fine but not great. The whole thing feels a little run down. There’s a few informative exhibits but you are NOT going to come away with a good overview of New Orleans history. The subject matter is all over the place: a small overview of NO culture, an exhibit of the battle of New Orleans (1814) and an art exhibit. That’s it. If I knew ahead of time what to expect I would have taken a pass on this one. Also, visiting the sister building on the opposite side of the cathedral, the Presbytère, requires an additional ticket.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 January 2024
  • Jenny from Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz, California797 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    2/3 exhibitions were good, 1/3 frustrating
    We learned a fair amount at this museum (the Cabildo), but liked The Presbetyre next door better. When we were at the Cabildo, there were 3 main exhibitions. The one on the overall history of New Orleans was interesting. The contemporary art in the temporary exhibition was fun to walk through briefly. But the exhibition about the Battle of New Orleans was disappointing because it was mostly about its pop culture history, and didn't do a great job of explaining the actual historical event. And the volume on the videos playing in the space was way too loud to be able to focus on anything else.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2024
  • Michael O
    Lichfield, United Kingdom803 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An historical venue featuring the story of NO
    The Cabildo is the former power centre of old Louisiana - a Spanish style structure restored at the end of the last century after a disastrous fire. Many historical feature and some of the story of the city. Must see.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2024
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Cody
Roswell, NM99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
I was with a group that received a guided tour of the building. Not sure if that is an option for individual visitors, but I recommend it if so.

The museum was once a state building and focuses on events that it played a role in—The Louisiana Purchase, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Reconstruction.

Additionally, there are some nice views of Jackson Square from the second floor.
Written 14 July 2024
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David C
43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
June 21, 2024 around 12 p.m. CDT

The museum was an excellent chunk of history and art work from local artists. The exhibits were eye catching and informative. The articles in the museum were relevant and pretty neat! The botanical exhibit on the first floor was nice but it was poorly organized or poorly explained, I’m not quite sure which. The writings beside the exhibits were confusing to me and really did explain the botanicals. I use herbs to make some traditional medicines and was really excited about this part of the museum but left rather disappointed in the exhibit, I was selfish and wanted more!

What ruined the visit was the woman at the ticket desk. A person with a service dog approached her and politely asked if they could renter because they needed to take the dog out to use the bathroom. The woman asked, “How did he get in here? I have to ask if he’s a service animal,” the person told her yes and then the ticket counter woman said, “Do you have your papers? I need to see the papers.” The person explained that according to ADA entities were not allowed to ask for papers only the service the animal provided. The woman at the ticket counter lost it! She started going off on how she didn’t care let the dog do what it wanted and run around. The started to go on telling the poor person how dogs used to throw up in there because of the heat. The person said kindly, I only asked you if I could come back in after we take him to the bathroom. The woman replied, “Do what you want I don’t care.” IT WAS AWFUL. TERRIBLE. SO DEMEANING TO THIS INDIVIDUAL WITH THE SERVICE ANIMAL. Shame on you ticket attendant lady!
Written 21 June 2024
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DayTrip44613
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I was really looking forward to seeing this place while visiting nola. The website said it was open so my wife and i worked it in our schedule. Terribly disappointed to be told it was closed for a private showing.
Written 7 May 2024
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Michael O
Lichfield, UK803 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Cabildo is the former power centre of old Louisiana - a Spanish style structure restored at the end of the last century after a disastrous fire. Many historical feature and some of the story of the city. Must see.
Written 2 April 2024
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Angela C
193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very cute museum. I liked the history about the place. So many little things to see. Nice collection of a few artists as well which was a surprise.
Written 2 March 2024
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Jenny from Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We learned a fair amount at this museum (the Cabildo), but liked The Presbetyre next door better. When we were at the Cabildo, there were 3 main exhibitions. The one on the overall history of New Orleans was interesting. The contemporary art in the temporary exhibition was fun to walk through briefly.
But the exhibition about the Battle of New Orleans was disappointing because it was mostly about its pop culture history, and didn't do a great job of explaining the actual historical event. And the volume on the videos playing in the space was way too loud to be able to focus on anything else.
Written 5 February 2024
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Heath W
Denver, CO64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It’s fine but not great. The whole thing feels a little run down. There’s a few informative exhibits but you are NOT going to come away with a good overview of New Orleans history. The subject matter is all over the place: a small overview of NO culture, an exhibit of the battle of New Orleans (1814) and an art exhibit. That’s it.

If I knew ahead of time what to expect I would have taken a pass on this one.

Also, visiting the sister building on the opposite side of the cathedral, the Presbytère, requires an additional ticket.
Written 18 January 2024
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amoskus
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Across from Jackson Square, this details history of the area with maps and interesting audio clips. Building itself has served many functions and is worth an hour or so.
Written 9 November 2023
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Stuart Beesley
St. Albans, UK575 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
It’s ok. Interesting if you like history, especially of the battles. Not really a lot there. It wasn’t for me. Has aircon….
Written 25 July 2023
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dothebrittany
Walker, LA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This was a great place to learn about history and tour when in New Orleans. We visited with our two kids and they enjoyed it as well.
Written 29 April 2023
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