The Cabildo


Built between 1795 and 1799 to house the city council, or Cabildo, of then-Spanish New Orleans, this building is the flagship of the Louisiana State Museum. The Louisiana Purchase was formalized in the Cabildo's Sala Capitular. Later, the building housed the Louisiana State Supreme Court, where many historic cases were heard on their way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Plessy vs. Ferguson, the 1896 case whose "separate but equal" ruling ultimately resulted in enforced segregation, was initially heard here. In 1911, the building was designated for use as the Louisiana State Museum. A devastating fire in 1988 prompted a five-year renovation effort in which 600-year-old building techniques were used to preserve the historic integrity of the structure. The Cabildo's comprehensive interactive exhibits illustrate the history of Louisiana from European exploration to the post-Civil War reconstruction era. The Cabildo is open 9 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday through Sunday; closed on all legal holidays. Admission includes the adjoining Arsenal property.


751 Chartres St
Louisiana State Museum
New Orleans, LA 70116


29.95759800, -90.06391100
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(504) 568-6968

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