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Family Museums

New Orleans Family Museums

For your next big family adventure, take your pick at one of these New Orleans Museums! From 3D and 4D theatre experiences to hands on encounters with sharks, elephants and yes, even friendly mosquitoes, to piloting a towboat down the Mighty Mississippi at the Louisiana Children’s Museum or Swing dancing at the National World War II Museum, New Orleans has something for all curious kids and grown-ups to learn and enjoy.

New Orleans Family Museums
The National World War II Museum
945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-1944

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

Description: The country's official World War II Museum lets you experience America's role in the war and on the Home Front - from the 1930s prelude to war, to the Normandy Invasion and the battles of the Pacific Islands. At The US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, see how technological innovations aided the Allies. Then, with Beyond All Boundaries - a multi-sensory cinematic feature from producer Tom Hanks, playing at the 4D Solomon Victory Theater - feel and experience what soldiers at the front experienced. New pavilions are under construction and anticipate opening in the near future. Archives- including oral histories of WWII veterans- are available for scholarly research by reservation. Through extraordinary artifacts and exhibits, get ready to discover the courage, teamwork and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation.
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394

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

Description: Audubon Zoo is a New Orleans landmark and a living museum filled with some of the rarest and most beautiful creatures of nature. There have been animals at this site since the 1884 World Exposition in Audubon Park. Today, Audubon Zoo is 58 acres of animals in their natural habitats. The Zoo consistently ranks among this country's best.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Aquarium

Description: Discover a world filled with 15,000 water-loving creatures, like graceful seahorses, neon-colored frogs and jaunty penguins. Come face to face with a white alligator. Pet a baby shark. And feel like an undersea explorer as you walk through the 30-foot-long Caribbean Reef tunnel. With so much to explore, you could spend all day at this amazing, state-of-the-art museum.
Louisiana Children's Museum
420 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 523-1357

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

Description: Learning is fun for everyone at this top-rated destination for children and families. Discover more than 30,000 square feet of hands-on, interactive exhibits that engage kids as they explore art, music, science, math, health, and role-playing environments. From stepping inside a giant bubble to making groceries inside a pint-sized store, there's so much to see and do!
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
423 Canal St., Custom House, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Dedicated to over 900,000 species of insects and their relatives, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium gives you a glimpse into the beautiful, exciting world of these curious creatures. Inside you’ll find a Hall of Fame showcasing amazing specimens, a recreated swamp habitat, a café with insect-themed fare, and a Japanese garden with free-flying butterflies. Bring your camera for incredible photo-ops in this interactive, 23,000-square-foot space.
New Orleans Jazz Museum
400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6993, (800) 568-2566

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Theatre (Performance), Historic Landmark, Historic Building


The New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates jazz in the city where it was born. Through dynamic interactive exhibits, multigenerational educational programming, research facilities, and engaging musical performances, the music New Orleans made famous is explored in all its forms. Housed in the historic Old U.S. Mint, strategically located at the intersection of the French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street live music corridor, the New Orleans Jazz Museum is in the heart of the city's vibrant music scene. Through partnerships with local, national and international educational institutions, the New Orleans Jazz Museum promotes the global understanding of jazz as one of the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art forms in world history For further details, visit

Cool Zoo
6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Specialty Experience, Amusement Park

Description: Cool Zoo, the wild and wet splash park, one of the top water parks of New Orleans. It is the hot spot for kids to cool down at Audubon Zoo. Highlights include jumping water spouts, a huge alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes and now featuring Gator Run, a lazy river. Make sure to pay a visit to the Roman Candy cart, to grab a stick or two of their famous, handmade taffy.

For after-hours fun, rent out the Cool Zoo for your own private party!

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.
The New Canal Lighthouse
8001 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 282-2134

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Building

Description: This famous NOLA landmark, first built in 1839, was rebuilt by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and is the fourth lighthouse on the site. Take a guided tour of the museum, visit the gift shop and hear about the history of a light, a lake and a coast. Or just take a cool stroll along the lake! Even cooler - the lighthouse beacon shines every night, to aid mariners as they navigate the basin!
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