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Address: 701 Place John Paul Deaux, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
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+1 504-568-6968
10:00 - 16:00
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A visit to New Orleans' historic French Quarter would not be complete...

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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Good Louisiana History

It's worth the time to visit this museum to refresh your remembrance of Louisiana, New Orleans and U.S. history. Nice displays, beautiful hallways and Jackson Square views.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Foley, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An amazing collection of historical memorabilia detailing the establishment of French, Spanish and British presence in the New World. Among the more impressive items on display was a death mask of Napolean, molded by his physician and donated to the city of New Orleans following the Emperor's demise. If only the raucous school children running through the museum had been... More 

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating exhibits. Fabulour old building. A great place to "save" for one of those stormy NOLA afternoons when you want to do something, but can't just wander the Quarter!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's worth the time to visit this museum to refresh your remembrance of Louisiana, New Orleans and U.S. history. Nice displays, beautiful hallways and Jackson Square views.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum had three floors dedicated to the history of NOLA and was quite well done. Very interesting if one had no idea of the history of the area.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent portrayal of the development of New Orleans and Louisiana. One of Napoleon's death masks is here. New Orleans has always been a place that likes a good party and seems to have been created by people with "spirit". Would count this and the WWII museum as top attractions.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

It was a museum so has what you expect, info and displays on the history of the place and has one of Napoleon's death masks. However I really liked the building itself. Fabulous big rooms, high ceilings, sweeping stair cases - just lovely. If you have time to spare I would pay a visit. Entry fee is $US6.18 including tax.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

I was in New Orleans and it was forty degrees and raining hard. By Jackson Square I ducked out of the rain and found myself in a history museum. There are three floors that tell the story. New Orleans' multicultural history, political intrigues, reliance on slavery, and a big display about Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans. It's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The Cabildo is worth visiting but he warned that most of it is "a book on a wall" -- old-school museum display with lots of text, which can sometimes upstage the artifacts. This makes it a bit of a slog (especially with impatient kids) but there are lots of things of interest nonetheless. Some upstairs displays are more interactive and... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is a cool old building, with scary uneven stairs leading to the second floor. There are some paintings, some photos, a few odds and ends (a couple of teacups, swords, army uniforms), and a whole lot of reading material. Don't miss Napoleon's death mask as you walk into the exhibit on the 1st floor.

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Bath, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

The museum is a lovely 3 floor museum of Louisiana State history there are a lot of steps. They do have an elevator if needed. The museum has everything from native artifacts, to early settlement history, and war related history it is best known for Napoleons death mask.

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French Quarter
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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