The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) has one of the biggest art collections in the American South, with an impressive selection of French, Japanese, American, and African art, as well as the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Visitors stroll the gardens, explore the permanent collection, and attend oany of the many interesting temporary exhibits.
The art museum started life 100 years ago with just nine items on display. The collection has grown over time to include more than 40,000 works of fine art, sculpture, furniture, and historic artifacts. Of particular interest are the French impressionist and post-impressionist works by Degas (who lived in New Orleans for a time), Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, and more. The building itself, with imposing Doric columns and impressive classic façade, also deserves your attention.
The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a another highlight, which can be enjoyed via a guided audio tour or a self-guided walk. The shaded garden is home to 50 modern works of sculpture dotting the landscaped grounds. The museum is a stop on some New Orleans city tours and you can buy a pass with fast-track entry so you can skip any lines.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There is free parking at the museum.
- Wednesdays are free for Louisiana residents.
- Discounted tickets are available for students, seniors, active military (with ID), and children. Children under 6 can visit for free.
- The museum and sculpture garden are both wheelchair accessible, and there are a limited number of wheelchairs on-site for visitors.
- A café is available for refreshments.
- Entry to the sculpture garden is free of charge.
How to Get There
The New Orleans Museum of Art is at 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. The Canal Streetcar Line stops a short walk away from the museum, which is also accessible by car, taxi, bus or as part of a citywide guided tour.
When to Get There
The New Orleans Museum of Art is open Tuesday–Sunday. It is closed on Mondays and some holidays. Opening hours are: Tuesday–Thursday, 10am–6pm; Friday, 10am–9pm; Saturday, 10am–5pm; and Sunday, 11am–5pm. Plan on spending at least two hours here to give yourself time to enjoy the exhibits as well as the sculpture garden.
Riding the Canal Street Streetcar
Three lines operate the classic streetcars of New Orleans. Canal Street Line runs from the bottom of Canal Street downtown to the New Orleans Museum of Art at Collins Diboll Circle. St. Charles Line, the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world, travels through the Garden District’s antebellum mansions, from Canal Street to Carrollton and Claiborne avenues. Riverfront Line takes in the sights along the Mississippi River, such as Harrah’s Casino and the Riverwalk Marketplace.