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This historic building in New Orleans has played an important role in Louisiana’s government and is now a museum.

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The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The façade of the Cabildo, 2023. Melissa Carrier, photographer.

The Cabildo is a national landmark and a major museum. Located in New Orleans, the Cabildo is where Spain passed control of Louisiana to France when it was still a European colony. It is also where France transferred Louisiana to the United States in an event known as the Louisiana Purchase. In the past the Cabildo has served as the center of Louisiana’s government. It has also served as New Orleans’s city hall and as the headquarters of the Louisiana State Supreme Court. Today the Cabildo is part of the Louisiana State Museum. As a museum the Cabildo welcomes thousands of school children learning about Louisiana history each year.