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Art museums

Art Museum
““New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), the city’s oldest fine arts institution, opened on December 16, 1911 with only nine works of art. Today, the museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the South.” -NOMA.org *While you are here, you can’t forget to visit the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.”
  • 304 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Just a great museum! If you happen to be so lucky to be staying on a Thursday evening, the Ogden hosts the "Ogden After Hours" which runs from 6-8pm it features live music and a few cocktail bars. Enjoy the Art, Music and have a drink as you explore the museum. Great views of the city from the roof top veranda. Very Fun!!!!”
  • 100 locals recommend
Art Museum
“New Orleans is all about art. And why not go to the art museum to see some of the greatest work displayed.”
  • 36 locals recommend
History Museum
“$7 excellent museum! 2 permanent exhibits worth your time. Both a hurricane Katrina exhibit and a history of Mardi Gras exhibit. Truly fascinating and not at all boring. Make sure to do the Katrina one first since it is super depressing :P Don't let them talk you into $12 to add the Cabildo Museum, it is boring as crap.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Degas House is the only home of Degas anywhere in the world that is open to the public. It is also the home of the Edgar Degas Foundation which seeks to preserve the legacy of Degas in New Orleans and provide education and cultural programming. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
History Museum
“Confederate veterans of Louisiana founded Memorial Hall, also known as the Confederate Museum, in New Orleans in 1891 as a repository for their memorabilia from the War Between the States.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The mission of the New Orleans African American Museum is to preserve, interpret and promote the African American cultural heritage of New Orleans, with a particular emphasis on the Tremé community. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Art Museum
  • 1 local recommends

History museums

History Museum
“TripAdvisor ranked #1 Attraction in N.O., USA Today top-rank Best Place to Learn US Military History, and Congress designated America’s official World War II Muesum. ”
  • 266 locals recommend
History Museum
“Backstreet Cultural Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collection related to New Orleans’ African American community-based masking and processional traditions, including Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals, social aid and pleasure clubs, Baby Dolls, and Skull and Bone gangs. The museum’s filmed records of over 500 events constitute the most cohesive archive documenting these cultural traditions. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the Backstreet Cultural Museum hosts public performances of music and dance, provides outreach programs, and creates an annual book, Keeping Jazz Funerals Alive, that chronicles the year’s jazz funerals.”
  • 74 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Cabildo is a Louisiana State Museum with some terrific artifacts from New Orleans' past. I love seeing an old K&B pharmacy signs and Pontchartrain Beach amusement park memorabilia. Experience a full Mardi Gras Indians suit and marvel at the intricate, year-round, hand sewing.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Museum
“Founded in 1966, THNOC has grown to include 13 historic buildings on three French Quarter campuses. Visit the new exhibition center, is at 520 Royal Street, for an ever-changing array of programs and installations.”
  • 38 locals recommend
History Museum
““The New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates the history of jazz, in all its forms, through dynamic interactive exhibits, multi-generational educational programming, research facilities, and engaging musical performances. The NOJM enhances New Orleans’ ongoing cultural renaissance by providing diverse resources for musicians and music lovers of all languages and nationalities. We fully explore America’s quintessential musical art form in the city where jazz was born.” -Nolajazzmuseum.org *Look out for the concerts at this museum located at the old U.S. Mint. If you are a lover of music, especially Jazz music, you can’t leave New Orleans without visiting this museum! ”
  • 28 locals recommend
History Museum
“A feast for the eyes as you step back to an era gone bye. ​Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic building within the Vieux Carre Historic District, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum showcases its extensive collection and provides interpretive educational programs to present and preserve the rich history of pharmacy and healthcare in Louisiana; past and present.  THE HISTORY OF LOUIS J. DUFILHO, JR. America’s First Licensed Pharmacist ​ Dufilho’s most significant contribution to the history and integrity of the field of pharmacy took place in New Orleans in 1816. In 1804, the State of Louisiana, led by Governor Claiborne, passed a law that required a licensing examination for pharmacists wishing to practice their profession. Prior to this law and before Louisiana became a U.S. State, there were some informal territory licensing measures, but none were enforced. A person could apprentice for six months and then compound and sell his or her own concoctions without any regulations or standards. The public received incorrect doses and erroneous medications. In 1804, Governor Claiborne established a board of reputable pharmacists and physicians to administer a three-hour oral examination given at the Cabildo in Jackson Square. Louis J. Dufilho, Jr. was the first to pass the licensing examination, therefore making his pharmacy the first United States apothecary shop to be conducted on the basis of proven adequacy.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Museum
“history and culture of this spiritual practice of voodoo. Guided swamp, plantation and cemetery tours are available.”
  • 11 locals recommend
History Museum
“$7 excellent museum! 2 permanent exhibits worth your time. Both a hurricane Katrina exhibit and a history of Mardi Gras exhibit. Truly fascinating and not at all boring. Make sure to do the Katrina one first since it is super depressing :P Don't let them talk you into $12 to add the Cabildo Museum, it is boring as crap.”
  • 18 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Park
“This is a lovely reprieve from the French Quarter. Right off of Jackson Square, you can wander down the Mississippi River toward the Harrah's. Great views of Algiers, the Crescent City Connection bridge, downtown high-rises. Remember to wander here during the daytime please. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“A great place to have a picnic or just hang out. Freight ships pass by, and often toot their fog horns at Fly picnic-ers. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Peristyle is the perfect scenery for that romantic picture, right next to the water. Worth visiting!”
  • 1 local recommends

Historic sites

Neighborhood
“History and mystery, the French Quarter is filled with a million details you have to visit multiple times to even get a glimpse of. If you must see Bourbon Street, walk down one block then return to the more civilized areas like Chartres, Royal, or Decatur Streets. ”
  • 266 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“In the charming Garden District, oak-shaded streets are lined with a diverse mix of homes, from single-story cottages to the grand historic mansions and lavish gardens of St. Charles Avenue, on the Mardi Gras parade route. Leafy Lafayette Cemetery is filled with ornate, 19th-century tombs. Boutiques and antique shops sit alongside fine-dining restaurants, casual cafes and local bars on and around Magazine Street. ”
  • 91 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Street car line is right behind the U.S. Mint or at St. Claude and Elysian Fields. Highly recommend getting a day pass which can be used on any streetcar line or bus on that day. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“If you need some 'New Orleans-y' souvenirs to take back home this is the place. It's rows and rows of leather goods, trinkets, spices, food, t-shirts, art, and more. Once you get off the ferry there is a streetcar that will take you right to it. Keep in mind it closes at 6pm and on rainy days it might be a little sparse as not all vendors will be out.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Walkable New Orleans neighborhood on the Westbank (Locals do say, "The West Bank is the Best Bank" and if you live on this side of the river, in general, you're called "Wankers." Old Point Bar worth a look, Dry Dock Cafe and a walk along the river levee at dusk / sunset. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“A bustling open market of various nick nacks. If you plant to buy anything, this is a great time to barter. Most items are marked far higher than vendors expect to sell them for. Although it may be tempting, please don't purchase food or drink here. The quality is far better once you cross the street into the city. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This is the mansion which was filmed for the American Horror Story season "Coven." ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“For all your local souvenir and art needs, head to the French Market! For the widest selection, head out on a Saturday or Sunday morning.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Libraries

Library
“Jump on the Streetcar and in 5-10 minutes you are at a beatiful mansion donated and transformed into the "Latter' public library, one of the great ones in NOLA's public library system. if you get on the streetcar going the other direction on the Streetcar and go to the small library named the 'Nix' library (near Oak Street + Carrolton)”
  • 10 locals recommend
Library
“In front of the Alvar Library, there are "Blue Bikes" which you can rent for the hour, or by the day. Must create an account and download the app. More info at www.bluebikesnola.com”
  • 7 locals recommend
Library
“This beautifully restored library is one of the very first Carnegie libraries built in the United States and hosts frequent events such as book discussions and signings with local authors.”
  • 8 locals recommend
History Museum
“This Chartres St. location is likely to have a current exhibit of interest.”
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Like the Dome and the Convention Center, I am just providing a map in case you need it. However, there is a large branch library on St. Charles Avenue further uptown. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“Wonderful new renovation of beautiful neighborhood library, new cafe, children's section, easy to get to.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Wonderful new renovation of beautiful neighborhood library, new cafe, children's section, easy to get to.”
  • 1 local recommends
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