New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is a great place to visit with family, friends or alone. The impressive building was partly designed by the former chief engineer of New Orleans Benjamin Morgan Harrod (February 19, 1837-September 8, 1912). Local philanthropist and art collector Isaac Delgado (1839 – 1912), a wealthy sugar broker, who at the age of 71, wrote to the City Park Board about his intention to build an art museum in New Orleans, commissioned Harrod to design the museum. The board approved his request and designated the circle, at the end of what would become Lelong Avenue, for the museum. On December 11, 1911, the Isaac Delgado Museum of Art opened its doors opened with 9 works of art. Today the museum hosts a collection of over 40,000 objects covering 4,000 years of art.
The new exhibit Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans celebrates art collector and gallery owner Arthur Roger’s gift of his entire personal art collection to the New Orleans Museum of Art. This contemporary art collection (on view June 23–September 3, 2017), explores the rise of modern and contemporary art in New Orleans.
The museum includes the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, a beautiful 5-acre landscaped area behind the main building. The gated garden features modern sculptures set among live oaks, pines, magnolias, camellias, lagoons, bridges, and a walking trail.
The museum also includes a gift shop, a small theater for film screenings, and Noma Cafe: A Ralph Brennan Restaurant.
Although City Park suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina, the museum is elevated and located on relatively high ground. As such, flooding was restricted to the basement, and most of the museum’s permanent collection was not affected by the storm.
$8 University Students with ID
Wednesdays are Free for Louisiana Residents
Sculpture Garden Hours:
Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
Free Admission Daily