New Orleans, Louisiana: Cabildo Museum - Death Mask, Caskets, Leeches

18th century Spanish building houses an eclectic collection, including funerary items, caskets, Napoleon's death mask, medical instruments, and an attractive leech jar.

Louisiana State Museum - The Cabildo

701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA
Louisiana State Museum - The Cabildo. Chartres and St. Peter St. on Jackson Square.
Tu-Su 10 am - 4:30 pm. (Call to verify)
Adults $6, 12 and under free.
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The Cabildo - Death Mask, Caskets, Leeches

We were having a lovely time in New Orleans and decided to visit the Louisiana State Museum at the Cabildo. It had lots of beautiful and interesting exhibits and a few really weird ones, too.

I loved the medical and funereal exhibits. Napoleon's death mask is a big draw, but I enjoyed the simpler things. For instance; the ceramic jar to hold leeches. And the the razor sharp lancets for bleeding patients. There were a couple of cast iron caskets both for adults and infants. Another favorite were the apothecary signs. Strange and fascinating.

When you're finished with the museum there's a beautiful park behind to stroll toward the river. we had a very enjoyable afternoon!

[Bam-Bam, 05/13/2013]

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