July 25, 2018 | Kim Higgins
While visiting Jackson Square, don’t overlook the newly renovated Cabildo Museum, located along Jackson Square and adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral at 701 Chartres St. in New Orleans. Also known as the LA State Museum Cabildo, the building was constructed between 1795-1799 when New Orleans was under Spanish rule. The Cabildo was the city council during the Spanish occupation but remained the center of New Orleans government until 1853, when it became the Louisiana Supreme Court Building. Prior to becoming a museum, some important historical events occurred there, including the Louisiana Purchase transfer in 1803 that doubled the size of the United States. In addition, the Plessy vs. Ferguson landmark case originated there in 1892 when the Cabildo was still the Louisiana Supreme Court building. It was transferred to the Louisiana State Museum in 1908 and today the Cabildo is filled with artifacts from New Orleans and Louisiana history and is used to educate the public. The Museum is 3 stories high and contains an expansive collection of artifacts, paintings, documents and much more. It is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. For additional information, please visit the website at https://louisianastatemuseum.org/museum/cabildo or call 504-568-6968. 


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