The Cabildo

The Cabildo

An integral part of the Louisiana State Museum, The Cabildo is an architecturally gorgeous and historically iconic New Orleans attraction you must see during your visit.

This gorgeous Spanish Baroque style museum was once the seat of the Spanish Colonial City Hall of New Orleans, first opened in 1795. It was designed by prominent architect Gilberto Gullemard and sits along Jackson Square, adjacent to the St. Louis Cathedral. Many important historical events have taken place at the site of The Cabildo, including the signing of the Louisiana Purchase and the epic case of Plessy v Ferguson in 1896. This building served as the center of the city government until 1853, then the Louisiana Supreme court for a time, and today, as you can see, a history and education center.

During your visit to The Cabildo, you will be able to examine and learn about several rare artifacts of American history, with three full floors of exhibits, documents, paintings, photos, and 3D objects.  There are regularly changing exhibits throughout the year, as well as the permanent galleries and exhibits which include Mardi Gras; Carnival Time in Louisiana, The Golden Age of Aviation, and From 'Dirty Shirts' to Buccaneers, plus many more.

Book a guided public or group tour or simply explore the museum on your own self-guided adventure, either way, you will walk away with a much better understanding of the city and states epic history.


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