The New Orleans Museum of Art is suppose to be the finest art gallery in the Southern American States. It is pretty comprehensive in it's collection but I would not go out of my way to visit it unless you have specific interests in art or ethnological collections. In the latter aspect the NOMA is actually quite strong. There is a very good collection of African and New Guinean sculpture here. I was very impressed, however I know that this is not for everyone. There is also a very fine exhibit of Pre-Columbian artifacts here. Overall I thought they overshadowed the collection of European painting which had a few token works by some of the great masters from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Impressionist works is much better and you will find some good works by Monet and Manet here. There is a superb sculpture garden outside that is well worth exploring.
I visited the NOMA on a Wednesday when it is free (see what a savvy traveler I am!) Entry is usually $10.00 for adults. The museum has a very good café.
Art Museum has a fascinating collection. It’s located at the City Park which is a must see anyway.
They have a big part dedicated to Japanese and Asian art (isn’t it amazing to see with your own eyes a masterpiece 15 centuries old?), some halls to African art (a lot of wooden masks etc) but as usual we spent most of our time in front of the paintings. The museum is normal in size, although the building is big you feel very comfortable inside, you wont get tired, the works are nicely displayed so you will enjoy its nice collection which is full of sculptures, paintings, artifacts etc.
Photography is allowed, pic 1 shows part of Asian Hall while the following pics are some of the paintings I liked:
Apollo and the Muses(1955-60, oil on panel) by Maerten van Heemskerk (dutch, 1498-1574)
The Lawyer’s Office(1945, oil on wood) by Marinus van Reymerswaele (flemish, 1495-1566).
Woman in an Armchair(1960, oil on canvas) by Pablo Picasso (spanish, 1881-1973)
The Toilet of Psyche(1735-6, oil on canvas) by Charles Joseph Natoire (French, 1700-1777)
It’s open Thursday to Sunday 10.00-17.00 and Wednesday 12.00-20.00
The entrance fee is $10 or free on wednesdays
The New Orleans Museum of Art, the city's oldest fine arts institution, has a magnificent permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects, valued in excess of $200 million. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, African and Japanese works, continues to grow. The five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States, with 50 sculptures situated on a beautifully landscaped site amongst meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, mature pines, magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges.
Admission is FREE for Louisiana residents, but admission is a bargain at $8 for non-resident adults. The Besthoff Sculpture Garden is FREE for everyone, but donations are gratefully accepted. Between the two, it's a lovely way to spend a Saturday - and a romantic idea for a first date!
Today marks the opening of the first major art exhibit by NOMA since Hurricane Katrina. It is called "Femme, femme, femme" and consists of loans from a great many of the French Art Museums (over 80 paintings). As usual they are tastefully arranged and represent a social history of female activity in the 19th and early 20th centuries in painting. Numerous lesser known artists are represented who were more intent upon depicting the female condition than the "great names". Nevertheless the "big boys and girls" are here too (almost all are represented at least once) and on canvases you may never have seen before. As is usual in this museum (and all loan shows) there is no photography. The permanent collection is not compromised by the show and is on view as well. Outside, the Sculpture Garden is again open and almost all pieces are intact or repaired. The other Park activities are all open at almost "full steam ahead".
The last day of the exhibit is June 3, 2007. Fee for out of state residents $15 (with audioguide) reductions for seniors and children. Timed admission, obtained from Ticketmaster or at the Museum.
Compared to other cities museums and libraries, New Orleans gets a limp one. But even Gaugin's limp one is better than nothing at all. You get some interesting exhibits (my favorite is the top floor of international cultures, masks, statues, etc)
Less than informative guards wandering around, parlor classical works of men and their poodles and poodlely outfits - it just doesn't massage you into the deep sweat that a Prado, Louvre or Guggenheim can. Why not? We got the city for it... don't we?
All in all, recommended.
The New Orleans Museum of Art is a great escape from the heat, crowds and noise. Housed in an impressive building in City Park, the $200 million permanent collection fills 46 galleries with works from all over the world. Paintings, sketches, prints, photography, sculpture - it's a rich mix of many mediums that span eras from pre-Columbian to the 20th century. Of special interest are the Degas (he had family in New Orleans and did some painting there in 1871-72), and the extremely rare collection of Faberge eggs and other items crafted for the ill-fated Russian Imperial family. Outside, there is a peaceful sculpture garden that encompasses 5 acres of winding paths, pools and beautiful park-like surrounds - perfect for pictures!
Getting there is half the fun! Take the Canal Streetcar from the base of Canal Street all the way up to the end of its line on Carrollton Ave (look for the cars with "City Park" signs on the front). After exiting the car, walk left into City Park and up the street a little way to the museum. Hours are roughly 10-5 Tuesdays - Sundays (12:30 - 8:30 on Thursdays and closed on Mondays) and entrance fees are $8 (less for seniors, students and children). There's a cafe and a gift shop on site and the building is wheelchair accessible. The museum is reported to have come through the hurricane in very good shape but hours and fees could change when they reopen so check the website for the latest info.
Extra tips: The galleries are seriously air-conditioned - bring a sweater! Tuck your cell phones and cameras away while in the museum - they're no-nos.
The New Orleans Museum of Art or NOMA always has new showcases and events throughout the year. Currently showing 5,000 years of Chinese ceramics which I should go see since my camera seems to have lost all traces of Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors :-(
The New Orleans Museum of Art has inaugurated November 2003 a Sculpture Garden. I was very impressed by the quality and diversity of the sculpture. It is not as big as the open air sculptures parks in Antwerp or Arnhem, but the fact that you can see a number of sculptures, interacting with each other is fascinating. They have even a sculputure by Pomodoro, one of my favourites. Its shining surfaces contrast nicely with the tree it is under. But I would have placed in a direct straight line with the bridge.
See also my remark on the Botanical Gardens. (by the way: entrance is free, but buy a brochure for 1 dollar)
The New Orleans Museum of Art is near Carrollton in City Park off Carrollton Ave. by Esplanade Ave. It contains some excellent local and world renoun art works. There are seasonal shows, currently one about Old New Orleans. I always try to take friends there for a visit.
Nice gallery which lands good special exhibits every now and then (Fabrege,Degas,etc.) A good way to beat the scorching summer heat in New Orleans.They also have an small but comprehensive Japanese snuff bottle collection.
New Orleans Museum of Art was completed in 1911. It is located at the end of the long, tree-lined entry road to City Park. The permanent collection is particularly strong in French and American art.