What to do in New Orleans: A Series, Pt. 8 – Beat the Heat in one of New Orleans’ Multiple Museums


Nolan Storey – Editor in Chief /Contributing Writer

There is so much going on in NOLA this weekend (of 07/20/18) that it can seem nearly impossible to decide what to do.  This is the seventh edition of a weekly series in which we here at Big Easy Magazine give suggestions on fun ways to spend a day, evening or afternoon in our beloved city.  So let’s begin! What’s a good way to spend a weekend in New Orleans, or more specifically, what’s a great way to use your time this weekend (that of July 20th) in the city of New Orleans?  Get out of the house and into one of the several distinctive museums that our wonderful city is home to!

The weather in New Orleans this weekend is expected to be in the mid to upper 90s with only a small chance of rain to cool things down.  You can not only get out of the house, but also out of the sun and heat by checking out one of New Orleans’ many unique museums. For the sake of the length of this piece, we’ll focus on three (and have a few honorable mentions with links)!  Let’s start with one of the city’s largest, and perhaps most famous museums, the New Orleans Museum of Art. NOMA is located in City Park in the mid-city neighborhood.  It’s accessible via streetcar on the Canal line and costs only 12 dollars for adults (and 8 for students).  With an ever rotating and changing series of featured exhibitions, as well as permanent installations, days can be spent exploring this museum before one has truly taken it all in.  Be sure to check out NOMA’s current featured exhibition on the history and life of New Orleans in honor of the city’s 300th anniversary.  Also be sure to take a look at their calendar where you’ll find weekly events ranging from yoga to film screenings to free live music.

While NOMA is impressive, it is also only one of many great museums in our city.  New Orleans is also home to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.  This art museum holds the art of well-known and famous southern artists, while also showcasing the art of lesser-known and up-and-coming southern artists.  Each piece features a small graphic of the state in which the artist is from on the plaque next to it. The Ogden truly is a journey through the south’s art history (and present for that matter) in one building.  Located at 925 Camp Street in the Central Business District, the Ogden is a short drive from just about anywhere in the city. With new and exciting exhibitions throughout the year, the Ogden is a place to spend multiple hours in more than once.   From after-hours music to photography camps and artist workshops, the Ogden has an event for everyone!  It is also worth noting that every Thursday access to the museum is free for Louisiana residents!

A few short blocks away from the Ogden sits another famous Museum well worth a visit.  At 945 Magazine Street, the National WWII Museum is one of a kind and well worth your time!  This beautiful museum has a six-acre campus! This includes many exhibits, historical material, restoration work, restaurants, and a forties themed dinner-theater!  Commissioned by Congress, the National WWII Museum has a unique and moving blend of exhibits, historical information and events.  Whether you are a recent history buff, or you’ve been one for a long time, immerse yourself in history with a trip to this museum.  It deserves a full afternoon at least, but be prepared to spend a full day exploring the museum and all it has to offer. Don’t forget to check out the list of events to line up your trip with a once in a lifetime opportunity, or even just to catch a weekly show that catches y our eye.  While this is a national museum, you’ll find that there is something about it that is uniquely New Orleans.

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, don’t forget to keep on drinking water!  No matter which museum you end up checking out, be kind! Be New Orleans! Lastly, don’t forget to check out the events section on our website for many other good ideas on how to get the most out of your weekend.

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