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New Orleans Museum of Art

One of America’s most influential galleries celebrates the city’s rich cultural heritage as well as art from around the world.

The New Orleans Museum of Art, or NOMA, is the perfect place to explore the artistic heritage of Louisiana. Although most famous for its collection of American and French works, NOMA houses a world-class collection with a truly global reach. Collected works and exhibitions span from the pre-Christian period to the contemporary era, and include decorative, photographic and conceptual art.

The museum was a gift to the city in 1911 from Isaac Delgado, an elderly sugar plantation owner. While the building has been renovated several times over the past century, the vast majority of the original building is still intact and in use today.

Explore the European Art collection, including masterpieces by Monet, Lorrain and Picasso. Special attention is given to the French Impressionist Edgar Degas, who spent a few months painting and visiting with relatives in New Orleans in 1870. Look for a portrait of Degas’ cousin, Estelle Musson, on the second floor. You can also visit the Degas House, the residence in which he stayed, just a few blocks away. 

Download a free audio tour to your cell phone and follow the twisting paths through the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. This five-acre (two-hectare) landscaped park set among mature oaks and pines displays more than 60 sculptures from all over the world. Grab a mat and join locals for a tai chi or Pilates class in the garden. Tai chi classes are also held in the museum’s galleries. Check the NOMA website for fees and times.

Wrap up your visit in the NOMA shop and find creative souvenirs of New Orleans, including work by local artists.

NOMA is located at the southern end of New Orleans’ City Park, in the city center. The museum is open daily except Mondays. The Sculpture Garden is free and open seven days a week. There’s free parking and it’s easy to find by car, taxi, bike, bus or the Canal Streetcar.


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Lodging Near New Orleans Museum of Art

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Oakview Bed and Breakfast

Oakview Bed and Breakfast

1172 City Park Avenue, New Orleans
4.6
of 5, from 21 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this historic bed & breakfast is close to New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, and New Orleans Botanical Garden. Also nearby are Fair Grounds Race Course and Greenwood Cemetery.

Jazz Fest, City Park, Endymion Headquarters, Walk the Banks of Bayou St. John

Jazz Fest, City Park, Endymion Headquarters, Walk the Banks of Bayou St. John

1439 Moss St, New Orleans
4.3
of 5, from 9 reviews
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Situated in New Orleans, this property is close to New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, and New Orleans Botanical Garden. Also nearby are Fair Grounds Race Course and Greenwood Cemetery.

Colorful 2BR in Mid City by Sonder

Colorful 2BR in Mid City by Sonder

635 N Scott St, New Orleans
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in New Orleans, this property is close to New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, and New Orleans Botanical Garden. Also nearby are Fair Grounds Race Course and Greenwood Cemetery.

Delightful Bayou St. John Treasure/city Park Home

Delightful Bayou St. John Treasure/city Park Home

3614 Dumaine St, New Orleans
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in New Orleans, this property is close to New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, and New Orleans Botanical Garden. Also nearby are Fair Grounds Race Course and Greenwood Cemetery.

The Laurel Bed And Breakfast

The Laurel Bed And Breakfast

3626 Delgado Dr, New Orleans
4.9
of 5, from 22 reviews
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Situated in New Orleans, this bed & breakfast is close to New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, and New Orleans Botanical Garden. Also nearby are Fair Grounds Race Course and Greenwood Cemetery.

Adorable Recently Restored Bayou St John/city Park Apartment. Walk to Jazzfest

Adorable Recently Restored Bayou St John/city Park Apartment. Walk to Jazzfest

3614 Dumaine St, New Orleans
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in New Orleans, this property is close to New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, and New Orleans Botanical Garden. Also nearby are Fair Grounds Race Course and Greenwood Cemetery.

Romantic New Orleans Creole Cottage

Romantic New Orleans Creole Cottage

3045 Grand Route St. John, New Orleans
4.8
of 5, from 60 reviews
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Situated in the city center, this property is close to Fair Grounds Race Course, City Park, and New Orleans Museum of Art. Also nearby are New Orleans Botanical Garden and Mahalia Jackson Theater.

High-end, 3 rm, Private, Luxury Suite. Starting at $135 a Night

High-end, 3 rm, Private, Luxury Suite. Starting at $135 a Night

1315 Vignaud St, New Orleans
5.0
of 5, from 11 reviews
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Situated in New Orleans, this vacation home is close to Fair Grounds Race Course, City Park, and New Orleans Museum of Art. Also nearby are New Orleans Botanical Garden and Mahalia Jackson Theater.