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The Cabildo

701 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Built in 1795 to house the municipal government of the Spanish colony, the Cabildo was also the setting for transfer of the Louisiana Purchase. Part of the state museum, the landmark houses exhibits that chronicle Louisiana's past from European settlement through Reconstruction. Of particular interest are sections on the antebellum era and the Civil War. Artifacts of slavery, weaponry, uniforms, documents, and photographs are included. A rare prototype of the Confederate battle flag and the quill used to sign documents emancipating Louisiana slaves are also on view.


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From I-10 take French Quarter exit (Orleans). Follow Basin to signs for French Quarter via Toulouse. Take Toulouse several blocks to Chartres. Turn right on Chartres to St. Peter. The Cabildo is at the corner of St. Peter and Chartres.

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Public rest rooms, information, handicapped access.

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Adults $6.00, students, seniors, and active military $5.00; children (12 and under) Free


Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.



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