As a cultural epicenter and one of the most historically notable cities in the region, New Orleans boasts its fair share of museums. Fear not if you are a budget conscious traveler. New Orleans does, in fact, offer an abundance of museums that are free of charge for the museum-goers out there. Here is a short list.
Newcomb Art Gallery:
Tulane University, which sits just a streetcar ride away a few miles uptown, is home to an incredibly special collection of art. At the Newcomb Art Gallery, you can find a wide array pieces including, but not limited to, Tiffany windows, art from Nick Cave, and industrial art. Please note that it is closed during the summer months as school is out of session.
Madame John’s Legacy:
This National Historic Landmark, located in the heart of the French Quarter, is a delight to visit for everyone, but is especially riveting to those interested in architecture and the distinct style that is often associated with the city of New Orleans. Madame John’s Legacy is in many ways the paragon of Louisiana’ colonial architectural design.
House of Dance and Feathers:
Perhaps the least renowned on this list, the House of Dance and Feathers is aptly named as it serves to catalog, celebrate and remember New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians. Upon visiting this museum in the Lower Ninth Ward, you will have the opportunity to learn about the traditions, art, and history of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians.
The New Orleans Museum of Art
First opened more than a century ago in 1911, this museum houses more than 40,00 pieces of art. The collection is quite diverse, ranging from the modern to contemporary to the more traditional. The New Orleans Museum of Art, as its name would suggest, places special emphasis on artists from area. While it is not technically free, Louisiana residents can, in fact, visit the museum without charge every Wednesday.