New Orleans hosts a variety of museums, mainly concentrated in the French Quarter, but with many others spread about the city. You will find unique elements of American History--such as The Old U.S. Mint, National D-Day Museum, and The Museum of the Confederacy--alongside natural preserves like the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park & Preserve, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans Botanical Garden.
Offering something for everyone, the city has the Louisiana Children's Museum for the kids and numerous art museums, primarily American Italian Renaissance Museum, The New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art are more for adults.
Though not really a museum, the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is what New Orleans is all about. It's home is in Louis Armstrong Park at the edge of the French Quarter.
A portrait of Mike Jagger by Andy Warhol, street art style by Basquiat, surrealist painters (Magritte, Miro. . . ), impressionists (Boudin, Pissarro, Monet, Sisley, Degas. . . . . ), abstract and cubist painters (Kandinsky, Dufy. . . . . ), Rodin, Modigliani. . . works of great, very great artists are displayed in this museum, but here are also very interesting and moving local artists, some “political” works which make this museum more than just an interesting visit.
Wide rooms, good light, quietude, no crowds allow to a very interesting plunge in Art History in this museum, from the middle age to modern times.
There are a few Flemish school paints like this “follower of Barent Van Orley, 16th century), (picture 1), so expressive, in the tradition of Flemish painters following Breughel and Bosh for instance.
The museum is laid out on three main levels, the first one dedicated to temporary exhibitions and with small rooms for Italian and Flemish paints. The second floor, the biggest one has 11 big or small rooms and galleries dedicated to European and American art; the third floor is dedicated to pre-Columbian (American native) and African, Oceanic and Asian art.
It is a “dangerous” museum, as you can spend several hours there without noticing time is going. . . .
I tried to render the light the artist captured on this “Portrait of a lady with pearls” (Nicolas Maes, 17th) (picture 2); are not these pearls splendid?
Well, I like Flemish/Dutch painters, but there are also classical paints like this Louis XVI, exactly like in the history books I had when I was at school (picture 3), and this marble sculpture is so expressive (pictue 4).
We are here in the South, and remembering that a big part of the population had slave ancestors in an artistic manner is something good: picture 5 is a gouache by W.E. Scott representing Toussaint Louverture and the revolt of slaves in Haiti.
Oh! This tip is long, as the tile I spent in the museum. . . . which offered much more than I was expecting.
The museum is open five days a week,Wednesday, 12 p.m. to
8 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission, 10 US$; free on Wednesdays!
The New Orleans Museum of Art is really a gem. Currently there is a wonderful French exbibit featuring women. There's also a Faberge exibit. It's a nice streetcar ride down Canal. During my trip the weather was very cold and didn't really bring any warm clothing. It was 75 the day before and the temperature dropped to 45 degrees. The museum was a perfect way to spend the day and get out of the cold.
These barracks once served as one of the first Confederate posts at the time of secession. It was later the barracks for Union forces. The museum houses artefacts, weapons and memorabilia from every major American war, focusing on The Louisiana National Guard.