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New Orleans Museum of Art

Front view of NOMA Front view of NOMA Photo by Frank Kovalchek via Flickr

New Orleans is a city full of diverse culture and unique people. In 1911 one of these ‘unique’ individuals named Isaac Delgado offered the city government $150,000 to build an art museum like no other, and he wanted it built in City Park. The government went along with the plan, took his money and built an astonishing 25,000 square foot temple-like museum for all to enjoy.

Today, the museum has expanded to include a full-time collection of over 40,000 objects. Collections total a mind blowing $200 million. One of the most popular galleries of the NOMA is the Arts of Americas. This collection comprises of art and paintings from North, Central, and South America including objects from the Mayan culture. As you walk around this awe-inspiring museum you will not only see art from the Americas but also European, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Asian areas. Paintings and art from both the French and American cultures are splashed in among glass sculptures and photography from local and international artist. There is simply too much to see in one day, but you can attempt to do so if you have no pressing requirements.

In addition to fantastic art that is sure to please even the pickiest art connoisseur, the New Orleans Museum of Art is also home to a beautiful sculpture garden. The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is five-acres in distance and resides in an outdoor secret garden with New Orleans Oak trees that are over 200 years old. These trees represent the history and art that resides at their base. If you would like to visit the sculpture garden only and leave the paintings for another day, the garden has a side entrance and admission is free of charge to the public.

Whether you are visiting New Orleans for the day or staying for a week, the New Orleans Museum of art is a must see. It’s rated in the top 25 percentile of the largest and most important museums to visit, and is by far the best museum in the southern United States. So drop by the New Orleans Museum of Art and soak up the rich history and beauty from the rare works of famous artists all over the world.


Tuesday through Thursday 10 am - 6 pm (until 9pm on Fridays)
Saturday and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm and Closed Monday
The Sculpture Garden is FREE admission and opens daily 10 am to 6 pm
Address/Map:  One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park New Orleans, LA 70124
Phone: (504) 658-4100
Website: New Orleans Museum of Art
Admission: $10 for adults $8 for seniors and $6 for children (age 7-17)
Wednesdays are FREE and always free for children ages 6 and under
Sculpture Garden is always FREE for everyone (opens everyday)