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

18th century Spanish building houses an eclectic historical collection, including Napoleon's death mask and an attractive medical 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. (Virus outbreak may affect access to attraction. Call to verify.)
Adults $9, students $7, 6 and under free.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Cabildo Museum - Death Mask, Leeches

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Napoleon's death mask.

Cabildo Museum - Death Mask

The casket and funerary items are no longer on display, but the Cabildo is an amazing history museum. Still displays Napoleon's death mask.

[Amanda, 01/11/2019]

Cabildo exhibit.

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Andy Jackson: New Orleans' Favorite PresidentAndy Jackson: New Orleans' Favorite President, New Orleans, LA - < 1 mi.
Quirky Monuments of New OrleansQuirky Monuments of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA - < 1 mi.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum: LeechesNew Orleans Pharmacy Museum: Leeches, New Orleans, LA - < 1 mi.
In the region:
End of the Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA - < 1 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

June 3, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Louisiana Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada (Jun 1-7, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now


Favorite Quirky City Sights