The entertaining and informative Cabildo on Jackson Square in New Orleans' French Quarter explores the history of Louisiana from the first European explorations to the post-Civil War Reconstruction era from a multi-cultural perspective. The museum is the flagship of the Louisiana State Museum facilities and is housed in the historic building of its namesake, dating to 1799, originally serving as the Spanish city council offices. Two major historic events took place in the Cabildo building: the Louisiana Purchase Transfer ceremonies in 1803 and later a landmark Supreme Court decision was handed down here that legalised racial segregation. The Cabildo takes pride that five American presidents have visited it.

Address: 701 Chartres Street

Website: www.crt.state.la.us/museum/properties/cabildo.aspx

Telephone: (504) 568-6968

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-4:30pm. Closed Mondays and state holidays.

Admission: $6 adults, free for children 12 and under. Concessions available.