1850 House

Imagine living in one of America’s first apartment buildings during its heyday.

Built between 1849 and 1851 by the Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba, the elegant townhouses flanking Jackson Square continue to serve their original purpose with commercial space on the ground floors and private apartments above.

The 1850 House Museum is the only Pontalba apartment open to the general public. Furnished to the style and tastes of a prosperous merchant family in antebellum New Orleans, the museum is a showcase for furniture and decorative arts. Visitors will find outstanding examples of Old Paris porcelain, New Orleans silver, furniture by Prudent Mallard and J. and J.W. Meeks, Aubusson carpets, and portraits by noted Continental and Louisiana artists.

Browse for Louisiana-themed books and gifts or sign up for guided walking tours of the French Quarter at the Friends of the Cabildo’ s ground-floor museum shop. For more information, visit LouisianaStateMuseum.org.

After all the exploring, you'll surely have built up an appetite, so cross the street and enjoy beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde.