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Top 10 New Orleans Museums

Updated on January 3, 2017
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As a diverse and multicultural as well as old city, New Orleans has different museums and galleries spotted all over the city. If you are a history buff or an art enthusiast or just a tourist want to explore the city's art, culture and history, you must visit some of these New Orleans museums. More than 45 museums located in this historic city represent the unique culture and the history of New Orleans, one of the most vibrant and lively cities of the United States.

The museums in New Orleans can be divided into different categories like history museums, historic houses, art museums, nature museums, religious museums, children museums, military museums and much more.

Find the list of the museums in New Orleans below -

Name
Neighborhood
Type
1850 House
French Quarter
Historic house
Algiers Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum
Algiers Point
Art
American Italian Museum
Central Business District
Ethnic
Ansel M. Stroud, Jr. Military History and Weapons Museum
Lower Ninth Ward
Military
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
French Quarter
Natural history
Backstreet Cultural Museum
Treme
African American
Beauregard-Keyes House
French Quarter
Historic house
The Cabildo
French Quarter
History
Confederate Memorial Hall
Central Business District
Military
Contemporary Arts Center
Central Business District
Art
Degas House
Treme
Historic house
Fort Pike State Historic Site
Lake St. Catherine
Fort
Diboll Art Gallery
Audubon
Art
Gallier House
French Quarter
Historic house
Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum at Arnaud's
French Quarter
Amusement
Hermann-Grima House
French Quarter
Historic house
Historic New Orleans Collection
French Quarter
Multiple
House of Broel
Magnolia Projects
Historic house
House of Dance and Feathers
Lower Ninth Ward
Culture
Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans
French Quarter
Ethnic
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
French Quarter
Culture
Longue Vue House and Gardens
Lakewood
Historic house
Louisiana Children's Museum
Central Business District
Children's
Louisiana State Museum
French Quarter
Multiple
Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum
Lower Ninth Ward
Local history
Madame John's Legacy
French Quarter
Historic house
Mardi Gras World
St. Thomas Development
Amusement
McKenna Museum of African American Art
Central City
Art
Le Muse de f.p.c.
Treme
Historic house
Museum of Death
French Quarter
History
Museum of the American Cocktail
Central City
Food
National Seelos Shrine
St. Thomas Development
Religious
National WWII Museum
Central Business District
Military
New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center
Lakeshore/Lake Vista
Maritime
New Orleans African American Museum
Treme
African American
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
French Quarter
Religious
New Orleans Fire Department Museum
Garden District
Firefighting
New Orleans Mint
French Quarter
Numismatic
New Orleans Museum of Art
City Park
Art
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
French Quarter
Medical
Newcomb Art Museum
Carrollton
Art
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Central Business District
Art
Old Ursuline Convent
French Quarter
Religious
Pitot House
Faubourg St. John
Historic house
The Presbytre
French Quarter
Historic Site
Southern Food and Beverage Museum
Central City
Food
University of New Orleans Art Galleries
 
Art

I've listed my favorite 10 New Orleans museums here those have interesting facts and amazing history. Based on your interest you can browse the museums at your own pace. Some of these are accessible with a small fee while some are absolutely free.

1. The 1850 House

You will get back to the 19th century when you enter this house because the residence depicts the decoration, art and furniture of that time. It represents the residence as well as the life style of the middle class families of that period. Carefully recreated with the furniture, artifacts, curtains and all other embellishments that would have looked like during that time. However, the house doesn't represent any particular family house setting, rather it reflects the mid nineteenth century's prosperity, taste, and daily life in New Orleans.

1850 House is an antebellum row house and it clearly bears the French architecture of the nineteenth century. This building is one of the most recognizable iconic landmark of New Orleans. Currently this historic house is maintained by Louisiana State Museum authority.

There is also a gift shop located in the 1850 House. Hand made art, crafts, ornaments, books and many other things can be bought from this shop as a souvenir.

Inside the 1850 House
Inside the 1850 House

Information

The 1850 House

Address: 523 St. Ann St., Lower Pontalba Bldg., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116

Neighborhood: French Quarter

Phone # (504) 524-9118

Hours:

Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 4:30pm

Closed Mondays and state holidays

Admission Cost:

Adults - $3

Students, seniors and active military - $2

Children 12 and under - free

2. The Cabildo

During the Spanish colonial period, the Cabildo was used as the seat of government in New Orleans. It was build between 1795 and 1799 to replace the original structure that was burned by a massive fire in 1794. This is the building where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803. For many of these reasons, the Cabildo is considered as one of the most historically important buildings in the USA. It showcases more than 1000 artifacts, artworks, portraits of prominent persons in New Orleans and many other interactive displays that truly represent the history of the state Louisiana.

The Cabildo
The Cabildo | Source
Exhibits in the Cabildo
Exhibits in the Cabildo | Source

Information

The Cabildo

Address: 701 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116

Neighborhood: French Quarter

Phone # 504-568-6968, 800-568-6968

Hours:

Tuesdays – Sundays 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed Mondays and state holidays

Admission cost:

Adults - $6

Students, seniors, active military - $5

Children 12 and under - Free

3. Old U.S. Mint

The Old US Mint is located in the heart of the city’s vibrant music scene, at the intersection of the French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street live music corridor. This free museum has interesting exhibits from the old coin minting process to collections of photographs and art. A free Jazz concert is held every afternoon on the 3rd floor. A great place for music and history of jazz in New Orleans.

The Old US Mint Building
The Old US Mint Building | Source

Information

The Old US Mint

Address: 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116

Neighborhood: French Quarter

Phone # 504-568-6993, 800-568-6868

Hours:

Tuesdays – Sundays 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed Mondays and state holidays

Admission cost: Free

4. The National World War II Museum

This is a military history museum founded in the year 2000 located in the Central Business District of New Orleans. The exhibition pavilions in this museum include -

  • The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
  • The Victory Solomon Theater Pavilion
  • The John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion
  • U.S. Freedom Pavilion
  • Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters

The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, National WW II Museum
The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, National WW II Museum | Source
Military exhibits in the National WW II Museum
Military exhibits in the National WW II Museum | Source

Information

The National World War II Museum

Address: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Neighborhood: Central Business District

Phone # (504) 528-1944

Hours:

Mon-Sun 9am-5pm

Closed on major holidays

Admission cost:

Adult - $26.00

Seniors (65+) - $22.50

Students, active military - $16.50

Children 5 years and under - Free

5. New Orleans Museum of Art

This is the oldest fine arts museum in the city of New Orleans. Starting from the European Renaissance to the modern art, this art museum houses over 40,000 permanent collections from around the world. You can see wonderful and famous paintings, sculptures, photography and decorative arts from Europe, Africa and America.

The museum building
The museum building | Source
A gallery in the museum
A gallery in the museum | Source

Information

New Orleans Museum of Art

Address: One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview

Ph # 504-658-4100

Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday | 10 am-6 pm

Friday | 10 am-9 pm

Saturday | 10 am-5 pm

Sunday | 11 am-5 pm

Closed on Mondays

Admission cost:

Adult: $10.50

Seniors: $8.50

Children (7-12): $6.50

Children 6 and under: Free.

6. Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a gallery and research center devoted to the review and conservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South locale of the United States. It is situated in New Orleans' French Quarter. The foundation was built up in 1966 by General and Mrs. L. Kemper Williams to keep their gathering of Louisiana materials in place and accessible for research and display to people in general.

There are seven historic buildings that comprise the Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) located in the Royal Street Complex and on Chartres Street. The Royal Street Complex Includes:

  • Merieult House
  • Counting House
  • Maisonette
  • Williams Residence
  • Townhouse
  • Louis Adams House
  • Creole Cottage

Historic New Orleans Collection museum on Royal Street
Historic New Orleans Collection museum on Royal Street | Source

Information

Historic New Orleans Collection

Address: 533 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Neighborhood: French Quarter

Ph # (504) 598-7100

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 - 4:30

Royal Street Complex also open on Sunday 10:30 - 4:30

Admission cost: $5

7. Louisiana Children's Museum

The Louisiana Children's Museum is New Orleans' most lively and instructive place for kids and families. Find more than 30,000 square feet of practical, intelligent shows that welcome and draw in youngsters and families as they investigate art, music, science, math, and health. Great place for interactive exhibits for the children as well as the grownups.

Children in the museum
Children in the museum | Source

Information

Louisiana Children's Museum

Address: 420 Julia St. New Orleans, LA 70130

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center

Ph # (504) 523-1357

Hours: Tues-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm; Sun noon-4:30pm

Admission cost: $8.50

8. New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

Voodoo has been a noteworthy piece of New Orleans culture since the city was initially settled in the 1700s. The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum endeavors to save this part of NOLA history through training and amusement. The gallery investigates the puzzles, legends, and customs of voodoo, and teaches guests on the impact voodoo has had all through the city's history. The exhibition hall is open daily and is an awesome place to visit with families or companions to find out about the rich culture that shapes this extraordinary city.

Voodoo objects in Voodoo Museum
Voodoo objects in Voodoo Museum | Source

Information

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

Address: 724 Dumaine St. New Orleans, LA 70116

Neighborhood: French Quarter

Ph # (504) 680-0128

Hours: 10am-6pm Daily

Admission cost:

General - $7

Students & Senior Citizens - $5.50

High school students - $4.50

Grade school Students - $3.50

9. American Italian Cultural Center

This museum has been established to honor and preserve the Italian-American history in New Orleans. Established in 1985 and nearby New Orleans' prestigious Piazza d'Italia, the AICC offers Italian dialect courses, music shows, occasions and excursions to Italy. Additionally, it promotes and supports other Italian-American associations and their occasions.

Information

American Italian Cultural Center

Address: 537 S. Peters St. New Orleans, LA 70130

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center

Ph # (504) 522-7294

Hours: Wednesday - Friday 10am-4pm

Admission cost:

Adults - $8.00

Students/Seniors - $5.00

10. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

The pharmacy museum is housed in the site of the apothecary of America's first licensed pharmacist Louis J. Dufilho, Jr. He established his pharmacy in the early 1800s. This location has now been turned into a museum that showcases various pharmaceutical equipment, medicine and books. This museum is considered as the largest pharmaceutical collections in a single place in the USA.

Shelves in the Pharmacy Museum
Shelves in the Pharmacy Museum | Source

Information

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Address: 514 Chartres St. New Orleans, LA 70130

Neighborhood: French Quarter

Ph # (504) 565-8027

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission cost:

Adults - $5,

Senior citizens and students - $4

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