The Cabildo


The Cabildo will reopen with several new exhibits on Thursday 8/31.

Tuesdays – Sundays 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed Mondays and state holidays.


Adults - $9
Students, senior citizens, active military - $7
Children 6 and under - Free
Groups of 15 or more (with reservations) - 20 percent discount

The Cabildo

701 Chartres St.
New Orleans, 70116

An elegant Spanish colonial building located next to St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo was built under Spanish rule between 1795 and 1799, after a fire destroyed much of the French Quarter in 1788. Designed by Gilberto Guillemard, who also designed the neighboring St. Louis Cathedral and the Presbytère, the Cabildo was the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremony in 1803, which commemorated the United States’ acquisition of the Louisiana Territory. The Cabildo served as the center of New Orleans government until 1853, when it became the headquarters of the Louisiana State Supreme Court. Transferred to the Louisiana State Museum in 1908, the Cabildo houses a variety of objects related to the history and culture of Louisiana, including Napoleon’s death mask, made from a mold crafted by Dr. Francesco Antommarchi, one of Napoleon’s physicians at the time of his death.