The building to the left of the Cathedral is the Cabildo, constructed in 1795, which served as the Spanish municipal government and many years later as the Louisiana Supreme Court, where such landmark decisions as that of Plessy vs Ferguson were handed down. Today the Cabildo is home to the Louisiana State Museum. The permanent exhibit covers the full scale of Louisiana history and culture. The artifacts on display, though not in huge abundance, are interesting (death mask of Napoleon, for one) and the hands-on demonstrations make things fun for the intellectually-inclined kids. However, the exhibit is text intensive and may be most enjoyable for the history lover. Combo tickets for Louisiana State Museum properties are a good bargain.