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Art Museums

New Orleans Art Museums

Be it classical, contemporary, southern, modern or even digital, New Orleans’ Art Museums not only keep up with the best of an ever-changing Art world, but also stay true to original and archaic art forms and their most talented of creators. From the smallest Art museums within the walls of New Orleans’ major universities, to the grand showcase rooms of the New Orleans Museum of Art and Contemporary Arts Center, here, there’s beauty for every type of beholder.

New Orleans Art Museums
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 658-4100

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The neo-classical, Beaux Arts-style New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) turned 100 in 2011. NOMA houses a collection spanning 4000 years of art history in 46 galleries. View European paintings and sculpture from the 16th through 20th centuries; American paintings and sculpture from the 18th and 19th centuries; European and American prints and drawings; Asian, African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art; photography; and European and American decorative arts. Special collections include the Peter Carl Fabergé treasures and the Latin American Colonial collection.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 539-9600

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Celebrate the history, art, and culture of the American South at this acclaimed museum. Ogden is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world, showcasing art from 15 Southern states and the District of Columbia. On Thursday evenings experience Ogden After Hours, the acclaimed live music series held in the museum's atrium.
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
1 Collins Diboll Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 488-2631

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Garden

Description: With over 50 priceless sculptures set on five acres, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a true New Orleans treasure. Located next to the magnificent New Orleans Museum of Art, this outdoor space includes modern and contemporary pieces meant to inspire art lovers of all kinds. Take your time wandering the grounds and soaking in the beautiful scenery - there's something to delight you at every turn.
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-3805

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Theatre (Performance)

Description: Since 1976, the CAC has led the transformation of NOLA's Warehouse District into the vibrant cultural hub it is today. Over 30,000 square feet (it is a warehouse, after all) hosts bold experiments in studio and performing arts of all kinds, with world-class exhibitions, shows, educational programs and celebrations happening year-round. Step inside and admire its award-winning architecture and airy, transformational space.
New Orleans African American Museum
1418 Governor Nicholls St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 566-1136

Neighborhood: Treme
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The New Orleans African American Museum is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting through education the history, art, and communities of African Americans in New Orleans and the African diaspora.
George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art
2003 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 323-5074

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Featuring the private collection of Dr. Dwight McKenna, the George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art is an institution that collects, exhibits, and preserves the visual aesthetic of people of the African Diaspora.
Le Musée de f.p.c.
2336 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 323-5074

Neighborhood: Esplanade Ridge
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Le Musee de f.p.c. is a historic house museum dedicated to educating visitors on the culture and history of free people of color in New Orleans. Free people of color, abbreviated f.p.c., is a term used to describe Blacks who were born free before the Civil War. New Orleans was home to the largest population of free people of color during the time. The museum is located in the historic neighborhood of Treme on Esplanade Avenue. Le Musee houses a collection of art pieces, furniture, and documents that represent the valuable history of free people of color in the city.
Newcomb Art Museum
Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 865-5328

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Nestled among the majestic live oaks of Tulane University's uptown campus, the Newcomb Art Museum presents original exhibitions showcasing many of the most celebrated artists of the modern and contemporary periods. The museum also exhibits select works from its world renowned collection of Newcomb arts and crafts.
Diboll Gallery
6363 St. Charles Ave., 4th floor of the Monroe Library-Loyola University, New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 861-5456

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Located on the beautiful campus of Loyola University is a small museum dedicated to artifacts of Belgian Congo and other rotating exhibits. Visitors might find an exhibit of abstract art, pottery, prints, and graphics—all created by Loyola’s art students and faculty members.
The Guardians Institute
1930 Independence St., New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 214-6632

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Guardians Institute is the home of the Donald Harrison, Sr. Museum and Legacy Performance Pavilion. The museum houses artwork, music collections and many other artifacts from New Orleans' First Family of Art and Culture, The Harrisons, as well as other artists. In addition to our programs, Guardians Institute has curated dozens of exhibits, seminars, lectures, presentations and informances* here at home and through out the world.
Algiers Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum
207 Leboeuf St., New Orleans, LA 70114 [Map It]
(504) 261-6231

Neighborhood: Algiers/Westbank
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Specialty Experience

Description: Located right on Algiers Point, the Algiers Folk Art zone was opened in 2000 by self-taught artist, Charles Gillam. His work pays tribute to Louisiana's rich music heritage and culture.

Guided tours, educational workshops and community programs are available. Visit by appointment. Fees may apply.

Castillo Blanco Art Studios
4321 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 301-8201

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Specialty Experience, Cultural Center

Description: Castillo Blanco Art Studios is an art space that houses local artists' unique work and exhibits.
Art Garage
2231 St Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 717-0750

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Specialty Experience

Description: It all goes down at The Art Garage! Housed in a renovated auto body shop, The Art Garage is located at 2231 St. Claude Avenue. The latest outpost opened by Frenchmen Art Market hosts performance art, live graffiti and art exhibits on the third Saturday of every month, from 6pm-midnight. The unique space (with the best lighting in town) also serves as an event rental. For more info email or call 504-717-0750.
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