The Museums of New Orleans

New Orleans is a cultural center, and as such is populated with a number of small galleries as well as large museums. From southern art, to landscaped gardens, to World War II history, the museums in the city are diverse and distinct. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art gives context to the art of the American south. The New Orleans Museum of Art is one of the city’s most important cultural institutions, and is also home to the beautiful Besthoff Gardens. Meanwhile, the United States’ National World War II Museum is found in New Orleans, and educates visitors about the country’s role in the war. In this video, WatchMojo.com explores the museums of New Orleans.
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The Museums of New Orleans, Louisiana


Full of art and history, this southern city’s museums will fascinate you.

The city of New Orleans is populated with a number of small galleries, as well as larger artistic institutions.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art


Found in the Central Business District is the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. As its name suggests, this museum focuses on promoting art of the American South and giving it historical context. The city’s Contemporary Arts Center was established in 1976 in order to promote more modern art.

New Orleans Museum of Art


The New Orleans Museum of Art, or NOMA, is one of the most important cultural attractions in the city. The city’s oldest fine arts establishment, it was founded in 1911. It is found in City Park, and also features a sculpture garden on its grounds. The Besthoff Gardens cover 5-acres of landscaped terrain, and feature approximately fifty sculptures to discover on your walk throughout the grounds. Native flora dots the gardens’ paths, with magnolias, live oaks and pine trees growing beside gorgeous water features. The building itself – both inside and out – is a work of art, and features beautiful architecture. Within its walls, the museum’s collection presents a great selection of both French and American pieces of art. It has also included temporary exhibits that emphasize the city’s unique and vibrant traditions, ethnicities and culture, where jazz greats are immortalized.

National World War II Museum


The Central Business District of New Orleans is home to the United States’ National World War II Museum. New Orleans was a natural location for this attraction because of the city’s contributions during the war, in terms of boat design, construction and testing. The World War II museum adds yet another popular tourist attraction to New Orleans’ list, and draws almost two hundred thousand visitors annually. The content of this museum is centered on the involvement of the U.S. during that war, and its impact on specific encounters, like the Battle of Normandy. Opened in 2000 on the 56th anniversary of D-Day, this museum features scale models and interactive displays, as well as war paraphernalia and equipment. Learn more about the Allies’ strategic planning. See aircraft hanging overhead. Walk past tanks and jeeps and check out vintage posters. Visitors may explore the museum on their own, but guides are available for lectures to students.

With art spanning centuries and continents, and historical information to give these pieces context, the museums of New Orleans are great examples of important cultural institutions.
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