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Address: 701 Place John Paul Deaux, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
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+1 504-568-6968
10:00 - 16:00
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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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Interesting Presentation of New Orleans History

This is a very interesting museum, with three floors of exhibitions. The top floor has a plantation exhibit with clothing of the era, and focusing on slavery. Other floors... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very interesting museum, with three floors of exhibitions. The top floor has a plantation exhibit with clothing of the era, and focusing on slavery. Other floors showcase the history of New Orleans, and Napoleon's death mask is housed on the main floor. Very educational!

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Pembroke, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful spot for a morning yoga class complete with jazz floating up to the hall where class was held. Sunny high ceilings completed the experience. Charming instructor worked with all levels and provided matts and blocks

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located adjacent to Jackson Square and the Cathedral, the Cabildo is a glorious building repurposed as a local history museum. Inexpensive and comprehensive, especially its second floor Battle of New Orleans exhibits. Logically laid out and well described, I feel you can trust its take on local history. Extra benefit is hearing the buskers' jazz stylings from in front of... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful historical collection complete with early history, battle of New Orleans, modern film interpretations, cultural, agricultural, antiquities and more. Beautiful building photos and paintings. A must see historical landmark.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although it is one of the most famous buildings of the old Place d'Armes or Jackson Square and is one of the twins of the Spanish Colonial set flanking the left and right sides of the fabulous St. Louis Cathedral, most travelers don't seem to realize that this incredibly beautiful Spanish architectural monument represents the Louisiana State Museum which provides... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The final battle of the War of 1812 that expelled the British from the US. I have an ancestor that fought in this battle so it was very interesting to me. Wanted to get out to the actual battlefield, but schedule did not allow it. This museum filled in a lot of gaps for me.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great way to practice yoga! You are in a beautiful spot with in the museum with fantastic views to outside. Helps one pause in this bustling town!

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Albany, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum. Gives a very detailed past. Museum itself only cost$6. Great for all kids all ages! I took 2 9th graders and they loved it. They got a chance to see artifacts from things they just covered before Spring Break. Give yourself time when you go, at least hour and a half. There are 3 floors.

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Corydon, Indiana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was entertained by the exhibits of the Cabildo, but it was a lot of walking and reading. If you're not interested in walking around and learning about things, then this is not the place for you. The stairs are a bit hard to navigate, so if your feet are sore, they have an elevator, which I would recommend. We... More 

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Foley, Alabama, United States
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

An amazing collection of historical memorabilia detailing the establishment of French, Spanish and British presence in the New World. Among the more impressive items on display was a death mask of Napolean, molded by his physician and donated to the city of New Orleans following the Emperor's demise. If only the raucous school children running through the museum had been... 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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