• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: Flexible
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Spend a morning or afternoon in Impressionist‐era New Orleans with a tour of Edgar Degas’ former home and art studio, led by his great-grandniece. See the grand interior spaces that provided the setting for many of Degas works, learn about the artist’s Creole roots and stroll under the beautiful oaken canopy along Esplanade Avenue. Extend your tour with optional upgrades including a courtyard breakfast beforehand or a visit to the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art.

Highlights

  • Tour of the Degas House in New Orleans
  • Explore the former home and art studio of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas
  • Learn intimate details about this historic home from your guide, Degas’ actual great-grandniece!
  • See first-hand where Degas found inspiration for many of his greatest masterpieces
  • Peruse the gift shop for unique Degas-inspired souvenirs
  • Upgrade to enjoy a wonderful courtyard breakfast before your tour

What You Can Expect

Edgar Degas House Impressionist Tour in New Orleans

Breakfast in Degas House

Choose the morning or afternoon for your historic tour and enjoy a stroll down New Orleans’ picturesque Esplanade Avenue – dubbed ‘Millionaire’s Row’ for the prosperous Creole population that lived there – to the Degas House. This elegant property was the home and workplace of Edgar Degas during his five‐month sojourn from France, notably the only US journey made by any French painter of the Impressionist period.  

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a congenial host – one of Degas’ great‐grandnieces who manage the historic site. Begin your tour with a short viewing of the documentary A Creole Sojourn, an award‐winning film that details Degas’ stay in New Orleans, a critical turning point in his life and work. Learn about Degas’ Creole relations and the 18 paintings that he supposedly created in the house. Then take a more informed tour of the property that is listed in the French National Order of Arts and Letters and the National Register of Historic Places.

Your art historian guide will lead you through the property’s principal houses that now serve as a museum and a bed and breakfast. Learn intimate information about Degas life and work, appreciate immaculate period artifacts and furnishings, and see the settings that inspired Degas’ portrayals of Louisiana – the only scenes of 19th century American life depicted by an impressionist artist.New Orleans Museum of Modern ArtAdd this upgrade your guide will escort you to the New Orleans Museum of Art following your house tour. There, you’ll have a chance to see more stunning work by Degas among the museum’s remarkable 40,000‐piece collection. 
Courtyard BreakfastSelect this add‐on and arrive by 9am for an intimate courtyard breakfast before your morning tour. Soak up the distinctive beauty of the space as you enjoy a made‐to‐order meal featuring French waffles with fresh fruit, Creole Omelets, and French toast topped with caramelized bananas paired with a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

Customer Reviews

Laura H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Such a great tour of a really beautiful house. I learned a lot about my favorite painter and his family. There were definitely parts about his life I did not know about. Learning about his family was also very interesting and what life was like in New Orleans back then. Our tour guide was excellent and she definitely knew her history. Afterwards we also did a short walking tour around the neighborhood and learned about some of the beautiful surrounding homes. Highly recommend doing this!

Scott L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

It was very interesting to learn about the history of Degas, his family and how his time in New Orleans influenced his work and his life. Further, we were intrigued by the history of the house and how it came to it's present form. This is was a great opportunity to get deeper into the history of the city and see a part of the city we had not visited before. We included the breakfast as part of our tour and were delighted. Although it was unusually cold the day we were there, and we could not sit and enjoy it in the courtyard, we very much enjoyed having our meal in the dining room, visiting with the kitchen staff and the guests of the bed and breakfast.

K T S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was a very informative tour and our tour guide was well versed in the history, which made the story telling aspect come to live when we were on the grounds.

Radhot

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This is a great tour for anyone interested in art, Impressionist painters or New Orleans history. Although Degas only lived in the house, since separated into two homes, with his brother and family for six months, his mother was from New Orleans, there is a rich history to this period of his life and the change brought to his art. Both the houses are incorporated into the tour. The family alone could be a book. Even though we are all familiar with Edgar Degas work, the insight behind many of his works is explained in enlightening detail. We left with a entirely new perspective of this great artist.
Adding to the depth of intimate knowledge, and charm, is that the tour is hosted by the Great-Grand nieces of Degas himself.

ELIZABETH O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour was amazing!

ELIZABETH O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour was amazing!

CHRISTIANE C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Petit déjeuné très copieux mais surtout nous avons passé un très bon moment avec une descendante de Degas qui nous a ravis

agurnitz

4 star rating: Recommended July 2017

The tour is interesting. Our guideguide was related to Degas which was fascinating. The video could have been shorter.

Megan R

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

A great tour.

Margaret R

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

Liked it alot..v interesting and influential time of his life..quite a way so need a car/cab

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