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“Stand in the room where the Louisiana Purchase was signed!”
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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.
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“Stand in the room where the Louisiana Purchase was signed!”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

The Louisiana purchase doubled the size of the USA and was, undoubtedly, a pivotal moment in the history of the country. The agreement was signed in a room on the second floor of the New Orleans Cabildo, which you can visit for a nominal fee. The Nola Cabildo is also the oldest government building in the country and is right next door to the Nola cathedral in the heart of the French quarter so you will almost certainly pass by it anyway. Definitely head inside and explore what the building (now a museum) has to offer. In the summer it provides a nice relief from the hot sun outside whilst still being able to hear the great jazz coming in from the square outside.

Visited June 2013
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“Excellent, excellent museum”
Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

You can learn a lot here. Very well done, lots of information, beautiful paintings, interesting artifacts, and a beautiful building. When we went there was a great exhibit on Mardi Gras as well as a mini-exhibit on Louisiana Rock n roll. We spent at least 1.5 hours there, we could have spent more. I strongly recommend if you want to learn--I think kids might get a bit bored because there's a lot of things to read and not a lot of interactivity.

Visited June 2013
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“Well done!”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Very much enjoyed the time we spent in the Cabildo Museum. The building is lovely. The displays of the exhibits and artifacts of the history of Louisiana and New Orleans were very well presented and interesting.
We'd also like to thank Officer Jackson for taking the time to show us where the Rock and Roll section was and for giving us information about other museums which we enjoyed also. New Orleans is such a friendly city!

Visited May 2013
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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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