Cabildo 3.3 rating

  Museums

The Cabildo is a National Historic Landmark on Jackson Square that was built in 1795-'99 as the seat of the colonial Spanish government in New Orleans. The Louisiana Purchase agreements that transferred the city from French rule to the USA were signed here in 1803. The main hall, Sala Capitular, was used as a courtroom by the Spanish from 1799 to 1803, and then as the Louisiana Territorial Superior Court till 1812. The Cabildo was used as a City Hall till the Gallier Hall was inaugurated in 1853. It was also the seat of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1868 - 1910. Its French mansard roof and cupola date from the mid-19th century renovations.

Designed by Gilberto Guillemard, the elegant Spanish colonial building in neoclassical style has been preserved as part of the Louisiana State Museum. It has over 1000 artifacts and works of art associated with American history, including portraits of notable people from Louisiana, John Audubon's engravings, a rare Napoleon’s death mask, Eugene Louis Lami’s 'The Battle of New Orleans', painting, and self-portrait by Julien Hudson. It hosts exhibitions on a variety of themes such as 'Louisiana and the Mighty Mississippi', 'Freshly Brewed: The Coffee Trade and the Port of New Orleans', and 'From Dirty Shirts to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture'.

 Hours 
Sun
10:00
16:30
Mon
Closed
 
Tue
10:00
16:30
Wed
10:00
16:30
Thu
10:00
16:30
Fri
10:00
16:30
Sat
10:00
16:30
About Cabildo

 701 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, United States

 +1 504-568-6968

 http://www.crt.state.la.us

Cabildo and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Jackson Square

Jackson Square(0.1 km)
Named in honor of Battle of New Orleans commander and 7th US President Andrew Jackson, the Jackson Square on the Mississippi River bank is the heart of the city's French Quarter.

St. Charles Streetcar

St. Charles Streetcar(1 km)

St Roch Cemeteries

St Roch Cemeteries(2.3 km)
Perhaps the most famous historic site in the area, although comparatively little known to visitors.

Lower Decatur Street

Lower Decatur Street(0.3 km)
Right around the corner from the historic US Mint, and the French Market.

St Roch Market

St Roch Market(1.7 km)
The St Roch Market at St.

Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts

Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts(0.7 km)
This is one of the largest performance venues in the city, and is frequently used by the Louisiana Symphony Orchestra and for large scale dance performances and musicals.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Mercedes-Benz Superdome(1.8 km)
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is home to the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.

Old French Market

Old French Market(0.4 km)
While souvenirs for visitors have taken over a good bit of the space at this 250+ year old market, there are still vendors selling fresh produce as in days of old.

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