Education

The Cabildo

Come visit the Cabildo, the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies in 1803 and one of Louisiana’s most significant historical buildings. From landmark court cases to visits from international ambassadors, many important events in Louisiana have taken place within the Cabildo. The three floors of Cabildo exhibitions cover the history of Louisiana through the Reconstruction period and feature artifacts such as documents, paintings and 3D objects from the museum’s vast collection.

Field Trips

School tours are free for students and chaperones, and the Cabildo requires one adult chaperone for every 10 students. To schedule a field trip, please complete and return the reservation form.

If you are unsure if your group qualifies for free admission, please contact the education department at 504-568-2123.

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts in the Cabildo are a great way to engage your students and make exploring the museum even more fun. They are tailored to specific age groups, guaranteeing there is something to inspire your class during your visit.

Free Books

Who Won the Fight For Louisiana?

This book was written by fifth grade students of Harahan Elementary School in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. It tells the story of the Louisiana Purchase land transfer. After visiting the Cabildo (the building where the land transfer occurred) in New Orleans, the students wrote a story explaining the purchase of the Louisiana territory. The story is told by French mice that live in the walls of the Cabildo, and Spanish raccoons that live in the attic of the Cabildo. What is their reaction to becoming American citizens? 

Lesson Plans

Come visit the Cabildo, the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies in 1803 and one of Louisiana’s most significant historical buildings. From landmark court cases to visits from international ambassadors, many important events in Louisiana have taken place within the Cabildo. The three floors of Cabildo exhibitions cover the history of Louisiana through the Reconstruction period and feature artifacts such as documents, paintings and 3D objects from the museum’s vast collection.

My Louisiana

The My Louisiana guide offers an overview of Louisiana State Symbols, Early Louisiana Explorers, Acadians, Louisiana’s Natural Resources

Targeted Grades

3rd–8th

Primary Subject

Social Studies

American Indians and Political Cartoons

Pre-visit activities will introduce students to the principles behind political cartoons and teach them how to perform a detailed analysis of these cartoons.

During the museum visit, students will browse the museum’s galleries to find images of American Indians. Students will analyze each image to determine whether or not they are examples of political cartoons.

In the post-visit activity, students will use their newfound knowledge to create their own political cartoons.

Targeted Grades

6th–8th

Primary Subject

Social Studies

Primary and Secondary Colors

This guide includes pre-visit activities that will introduce students to primary and secondary colors.

On their museum visit, students will experiment with a hands-on activity that will create secondary colors, and each student will construct a colorful tambourine. Students will also use their booklets to record any primary and secondary colors they see while on a treasure hunt in the museum galleries.

Post-visit activities include mixing primary colors to create secondary colors and painting a color wheel (included) labeled with color names.

Targeted Grades

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Primary Subject

Math and Science

Raw and Manufactured Goods

The activities in this pre-visit guide provide students with the skills to differentiate between raw and manufactured goods and explain the process by which a raw good is processed to become a manufactured good.

In the post-visit activity, students will create an advertisement for one of the artifacts identified inside of the Cabildo.

Targeted Grades

6th-12th

Primary Subject

Social Studies

Simple Machines

The teacher’s guide on simple machines contains pre-visit activities that introduce students to the six types of simple machines and a post-visit activity that includes instructions on the assembly of those six types of simple machines, made from classroom materials. There is also a creative writing exercise that uses one of the machines as the main character of a fictional story.

The simple machines student booklet takes students on a scavenger hunt through the museum galleries to locate and note the six types of simple machines. Students should note in their booklets how each of the six simple machines made work easier for its user.

Targeted Grades

3rd-4th

Primary Subject

Science

What is a Museum?

This teacher’s guide includes a booklet with pictures that illustrate different types of museums, explains why museums are important and how museums tell stories and describes who works in a museum. 

The student booklet will be used by students to determine who works in a museum, what is in a museum and the sounds of the museum as they explore the galleries in search of artifacts shown on their picture cards.

The post-visit activities allow students to cut and paste pictures of artifacts into a museum cabinet (both included) to create a museum gallery. Also included is a family activity to promote parental involvement.

Targeted Grades

Pre-K-2nd

Primary Subject

Social Studies

Where Do We Find Shapes?

The teacher guide includes pre- and post-visit hands-on activities demonstrating basic flat and 3D shapes. The post-visit activity includes a guessing bags game and a writing activity using story starters.

The student booklets contain a list of shapes, and students will use their booklets to locate these shapes in artifacts throughout the museum. During the museum visit, students will also create a picture using foam shapes.

Targeted Grades

Pre-K-2nd

Primary Subject

Math

Meeting Friends in Early Louisiana

This guide offers an overview of the relationship between American Indians and European explorers. Pre-visit activities will introduce students to these two groups so that students will be able to recognize the characteristics of each and differentiate between them. 

During the museum visit, students will be introduced to different objects, artifacts and pictures that are representative of both American Indians and European explorers.

In the post-visit activity, students will use their knowledge of American Indians and European explorers to illustrate the relationship between the two groups.

Targeted Grades

Pre-K–2nd

Primary Subject

Social Studies

Battle of New Orleans Curriculum Guide

This curriculum guide is a perfect companion for a visit to the exhibition, “From Dirty Shirts to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture” on view at the Cabildo. The illustrated, comprehensive guide includes a battle timeline, explanation of why the battle was so important, problems and obstacles facing the Americans and British forces, and information on the series of engagements that led to the defeat of the British army January 8, 1815. The guide also profiles General Andrew Jackson and the role women played in the battle.

Targeted Grades

3rd-12th

Primary Subject

Social Studies

The Slave Trade In New Orleans

This lesson plan will analyze primary sources in relation to the slave trade in New Orleans during the 1850s. Students will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each type of document and then use the documents in tandem to develop a better understanding of the Antebellum south.  

Targeted Grades

8th - 12th

Primary Subject

Social Studies