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“Multinational history in one city”
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Owner description: 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.
Orlando, Florida
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“Multinational history in one city”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

New Orleans is the name of the city, but it has been in four countries on the same site. France colonized it in 1682 for King Louis XIV, known as La Louisiane Française (French Louisiana), an area from the Gulf of Mexico, along the Mississippi to the Great Lakes. France ceded the eastern portion to Britain in 1763, and America kicked British butt in the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. The colony west of the Mississippi River was ceded to Spain to compensate the loss of Florida to the British in 1763, thus Spain also controlled New Orleans, as evidenced by photos below. It is from Spanish rule that the name Cabildo comes, defined as a colonial administrative council—fancy name for City Hall.

There’s a purpose to this history lesson: The museum has artifacts related to Louisiana when it was controlled by these countries. It’s best to be familiar with the state and city histories. Plan a visit on hot or rainy afternoons. At the northern side of Jackson Square, Cabildo is at 701 Chartres St., 504/568-6968, $6 adult fee is used to maintain the museum. It’s closed on Mondays.

Visited May 2013
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Mandeville, Louisiana
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“Lots of interesting and very old art, artifacts & more about Louisiana”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

We really enjoyed learning about Louisiana history, although we are from Louisiana. There were many very old pieces of art, along with artifacts (even some of Napoleon's belongings). This is a must-see when you have time and are in the vicinity of Jackson Square. Very educational & interesting. Plus, the view from the front of the Cabildo on the 2nd floor, you can see all the way across the square, and the artists selling their art, and see the river, plus listen to the beautiful music being played in the square.

Visited June 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Go to take pictures and admire the architecture”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Very pretty cathedral with tons of history. The building has needed renovation throughout the years but still remarkably original.

Visited May 2013
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

The people who run it think they are gods. They don't consider the sidewalk on the state side of the street public property and I have seen them treat people with total disrespect.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Great destination for a hot afternoon”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

If you like history and would enjoy seeing the interior of a gorgeous, historic building, then definitely check this museum out. There are dozens and dozens of portraits and paintings lining the walls and interesting exhibits to see. The museum holds many great old household and war-associated items from around the area. We were not disappointed at all, and strangely, we met only two other couples in the whole museum. I would definitely recommend a visit here!

Visited May 2013
Thank Melanie P
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