Cabildo
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10:00 - 16:00
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About
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, California769 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 Kingdom761 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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DayTrip44613
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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, UK761 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
157 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, CA769 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
21 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, UK577 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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Eugenio H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Simone and Harold with The Friends of the Cabildo gave my students a great tour. A+ tour guides. They answered all of their questions and were age appropriate.
Written 16 March 2023
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Alan H
Toronto, Canada181 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
"Cabildo" is a Spanish word deriving from the Latin "capitulum," which in church Latin was used for a "cathedral chapter" or council of clergy. In Latin America it was used for a municipal council. Accordingly, in New Orleans, in the period when it came under Spanish rule, the word was used for the town government, and for the building in which it functioned. The Cabildo was built in the 1790s on the town square, now Jackson Square, along with other important buildings, notably the Roman Catholic cathedral (which is next door). After Louisiana territory was purchased by the USA, the building served for a while as the state Supreme Court building. In 1908 it became a museum. The building itself is therefore historic, although because of a serious fire in 1988 most of what you can see now is new or restored.

The Cabildo now houses an exhibition of New Orleans history on its first two floors, and a changing exhibition on its third floor. If you like history, as I do, you'll find the history of New Orleans very interesting; it's a city of diverse historical traditions and populations: Indigenous, French, Spanish, American settlers, slaves, free coloured, Creole, Cajun. The history is told here with a lot of explanatory panels, pictures and maps and artifacts, and a couple of short videos. (We had visited the Tennessee State Museum a few days earlier, which is quite modern and pretty high-tech; by comparison, the presentation here is old-school.) On the third floor, while we were there, was an exhibition of paintings by a local artist, Andrew LaMar Hopkins.

The history-telling itself is a bit old-school as well. After the Louisiana Purchase, the museum centres on white anglophone settler secular culture, with quite little about Indigenous, slave, or Cajun culture, or about church influence. As one example, I was struck with this presentation of the War of 1812: "In June 1812 the United States declared war on Great Britain to end [...] British attempts to incite Native Americans." The picture seems to be that Native Americans would have been okay on being displaced from their land by American militias, squatters, and land developers, except that they were manipulated by the British into being hostile. In reality, Native Americans were less simple than this suggests, and the motives of the U.S. government weren't quite as noble and innocent.
Written 26 February 2023
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