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Art Lover's Guide to New Orleans

Art Lover's Guide to New Orleans

A riot of color, music, and movement, New Orleans has inspired countless artists, from colonial architects and impressionist painters to mask makers and jazz musicians. Whether you’re in the mood for highbrow or carnivalesque, here are the top stops for an artsy exploration of the city. 

Degas House

French impressionist Edgar Degas spent a few inspiring months at this columned mansion on Esplanade Avenue, taking images of 19th-century New Orleans back to Europe and reigniting his career. Join a tour to hear the stories behind some of Degas’ most admired works and see the cramped garret room where he painted them. 

Longue Vue House and Gardens

The European-style gardens at this National Historic Landmark in New Orleans’ Lakeview neighborhood are a work of art themselves. Beyond the manicured shrubs and blooming fountains, the Longue Vue House is home to an impressive modern and op art collection featuring works by Kandinsky, Picasso, and Vasarely, plus rotating special exhibits. 

New Orleans Museum of Art

If you need a break from the humidity and heat, duck into the air-conditioned galleries of NOMA, one of the top fine-arts museums in the American South. Browse the impressive French, Japanese, and African collections, or take a stroll beneath live oaks in the lakeside sculpture garden. 

Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World

No matter when you visit New Orleans, you can see the colorful artistry of the city’s biggest party up close at this Mardi Gras museum and workshop. See extravagant costumes and watch craftspeople at work creating huge, papier-mâché floats and props for the next carnival parades.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

While a graveyard might not be the first place you’d look for great art, this legendary New Orleans “City of the Dead” is one of the best places to admire the city’s unique above-ground burial style. Ornate tombs, family crypts, and carved stone memorials offer a fascinating glimpse of funerary art throughout the centuries (it’s been around since 1789). 

Houmas House

Often called the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” this historic plantation west of New Orleans is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the state. Inside the antebellum mansion, well-restored finishes include an oversize sugar cane mural typical of the era.

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Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans

Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans

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Experience the elegance of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this full-day historical plantation tour. In a small group, visit Destrehan Plantation, then Houmas House Plantation, where you’ll view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and former slave quarters while hearing fascinating – and often somber – pre‐Civil war histories from expert guides.  You'll also enjoy a private, unlimited gourmet buffet luncheon, served exclusively for your group at Houmas House.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour

Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour

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Discover the grandeur and complex history of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this guided tour of Houmas House Plantation. Experience the authenticity of place as costumed guides narrate the history of this landmark sugar plantation, leading through the mansion’s elegant rooms before you head off for a private stroll through the estate’s stunning gardens. Houmas House is located one hour from New Orleans and 30 minutes from Baton Rouge. Please allow adequate time for travel. Should you miss your scheduled tour, do not worry. Your ticket is good all day and can be used for any of the remaining tour times on the same day.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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New Orleans Small-Group City, Cemetery, and Estate Tour
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New Orleans Small-Group City, Cemetery, and Estate Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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  • 4 hours
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