New Orleans Museum of Art and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Located inside City Park

The New Orleans Museum of Art is an exquisite pearl wrapped inside City Park’s gorgeous natural landscape. The city’s oldest fine arts institution contains a permanent collection with more than 40,000 objects and is noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, as well as photography, glass, and Japanese works.

There is a gift shop and Cafe NOMA in the museum. You can enter the museum from the side entrance if you'd like to only have lunch and not tour the museum. See CafeNOMA.com for restaurant details.

Outside NOMA, the 11-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art holds more than 80 sculptures. These incredible works of art are nestled along meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, and 200-year-old live oaks inside the garden.

Sculpture Garden Hours:

The Sculpture Garden is open 7 days a week with free admission.

Summer Hours | April 1 – September 30 | 10 am – 6 pm

Winter Hours | October 1 – March 31 | 10 am – 5 pm

Closed Endymion Saturday, Lundi Gras, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The New Orleans Museum of Art and Besthoff Sculpture Garden are also conveniently located near Cafe du Monde and the Big Lake boat rental dock. 

Please visit NOMA.org for more information.

Join the NOMA Book Club!

Each month Book Club reads art-related fiction and non-fiction, and engages in discussion groups, curatorial programs and field trips correlating with each book.

Most Book Club programs start promptly at noon, but please come at 11:30 if you wish to bring a sack lunch and meet with friends. NOMA provides water and soft drinks. Please RSVP for the meetings you wish to attend.

Book Club members may buy their reading selections at the NOMA Museum Shop at a 20% discount. Call the Shop at (504) 658-4133 for more information.

To join NOMA Book Club, to get meeting dates, book titles, and for more information, contact Sheila Cork at (504) 658-4117 or at scork@noma.org.