New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) Tours
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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.
Address: One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
2 Tours and Activities to Experience New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
Embark on a quest in New Orleans and walk under the majestic live oaks in one of the United States’ largest urban parks. Learn about City Park’s past and present, from its plantation days to its current draw as a mecca for locals. Discover unique cultural and historical facts while solving clues and puzzles. + Discover the history and beauty of New Orleans City Park + Visit the 800-year-old McDonogh Oak, one of the top sculpture gardens in the country + Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt Discover New Orleans’ fascinating history as you walk in the beautiful City Park and solve clues. Explore this charming park in New Orleans by playing a quest with your friends, significant other or family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problem and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Immerse yourself in the old-growth-filled City Park of New Orleans on this app-enabled tour. As you stroll beneath the Spanish moss with your private party, the app will automatically play in-depth commentary triggered by the GPS locator. You can take as much time as you like and you'll learn tons more about the park and New Orleans' flora and fauna than you would simply exploring by yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)?
The best ways to experience New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) are:
- New Orleans City Park Private Tour and Exploration Game
- A Walk in the Park: City Park New Orleans Audio Tour
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