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Chris Brown…

Feb 12 - 12, 2016
Chris Brown returns to the Smoothie King Center on Feb. 12! for his Valentines… more

New Orleans Pelicans…

Feb 19 - 19, 2016
New Orleans Pelicans vs Philadelphia 76ers. Come experience NBA basketball at… more

Monster Jam

Feb 20 - 20, 2016
Monster Jam® is the most exciting form of family motorsports entertainment… more

The Orpheum Theater…

Feb 24 - 24, 2016
With this album, her 12th collection of new material, Melissa Etheridge teamed… more

New Orleans Pelicans…

Feb 25 - 25, 2016
New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder. Come experience NBA basketball… more

New Orleans Pelicans…

Feb 27 - 27, 2016
New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves. Come experience NBA basketball… more

Rock 'n' Roll New…

Feb 28 - 28, 2016
Join the Rockingest Run with Carnival Fun! Party through a 10K, 1/2 marathon or… more

New Orleans Pelicans…

Mar 3 - 3, 2016
New Orleans Pelicans vs San Antonio Spurs. Come experience NBA basketball at… more

Tyler Perry's Madea…

Mar 4 - 5, 2016
Don’t miss Tyler Perry’s Madea On The Run. Madea is at it again in… more

New Orleans Pelicans…

Mar 5 - 5, 2016
New Orleans Pelicans vs Utah Jazz. Come experience NBA basketball at its best… more

Experience Hendrix

Mar 6 - 6, 2016
Hailed by critics and fans alike as the ‘Guitar Event Of The Year,' the… more

New Orleans Pelicans…

Mar 7 - 7, 2016
New Orleans Pelicans vs Sacramento Kings. Come experience NBA basketball at its… more

Rihanna Concert Anti…

Mar 8 - 8, 2016
Global superstar, Grammy Award®-winner and multi-platinum selling artist,… more

311 Day Concert

Mar 11 - 12, 2016
Every other year on March 11th ("311 Day"), multi-platinum rock group… more

BUKU Music + Art…

Mar 11 - 12, 2016
BUKU Music + Art Project is set to return to New Orleans for its fifth annual… more

Irish Channel St…

Mar 12 - 12, 2016
The Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club will hold its Annual Mass and Parade… more

The Orpheum Theater…

Mar 12 - 12, 2016

Il Volo Concert

Mar 14 - 14, 2016
It began as one man's story...became everyone's music...and is now Broadway's… more

Downtown Irish Club…

Mar 17 - 17, 2016
Join us for the annual downtown St. Patrick's Day parade. It begins on the… more

New Orleans Pelicans…

Mar 18 - 18, 2016
New Orleans Pelicans vs Portland Trail Blazers. Come experience NBA basketball… more

Chris Brown…

Feb 12 - 12, 2016
Chris Brown returns to the Smoothie King Center on Feb. 12! for his Valentines… more

Art & Culture

New Orleans' Old World roots have created a strong foundation and long-standing appreciation for the arts. Early residents of the city often traveled back to Europe for musical instruction or training in the visual arts, and operatic performances took place in the city as early as 1796.

Today the scene thrives via countless galleries, performance spaces and museums. But perhaps what sets our cultural institutions apart from those of other cities is their ability to embody the joie de vivre (joy of life) so prevalent in New Orleans. So whether it is a Ralph Brennan restaurant in the New Orleans Museum of Art or Thursday night musical performances at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans' unique culture and love of food, music and fun blends perfectly with our vibrant arts scene creating experiences you can't find anywhere else.

Here you can learn more about some of the city's most popular cultural institutions and attractions.

Performance Art

The New Orleans Opera Association

This opera association carries on a performing arts tradition dating back to 1796, when the first opera in North America was performed in New Orleans. 

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

The only musician-owned orchestra in North America is led by musical director Carlos Miguel Prieto, a rising star in the U.S. and Mexico for his dynamism and expressivity.

New Orleans Ballet Association

This nationally-recognized ballet association is the region's premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance. NOBA's dynamic season features stellar performances from a variety of world-class dance companies. 

Southern Repertory Theatre

New Orleans' only year-round professional theater, focuses on bold new-world and regional premiers by American playwrights. 

Visual Arts

The New Orleans Museum of Art

The premier art museum of the Gulf South is world-renowned for its photography, decorative glass collection and its collections of French, Asian, African and American art. 

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

This University of New Orleans museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world. 

Contemporary Arts Center

Located in the heart of the New Orleans Arts District, the CAC is home to bold experiments in painting, theater, photography, performance, music, video sculpture and more. 

New Orleans Glassworks & Printmaking Studio

This studio offers breathtaking demonstrations of glassmaking and invites visitors to participate in the design process. The studio offers a range of demonstrations, from glassblowing and glass torch-working to copper enameling and Italian-style marbling.

Dutch Alley Artist Co-op. 

Over 20 local artists own and operate Dutch Alley Artist Co-op. Any day there are three or four artists working at the gallery. Local art from Katrina salvaged materials, blown glass, wood-turnings, Raku pottery, hand-dyed silk items, custom jewelry, photography and paintings are just a few of the unique original artwork items that can be found in the gallery. 
 

Museums

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Located in the French Quarter, this collection is the best introduction to New Orleans history you can get. Four exhibition spaces depict the multicultural stories of the region, from permanent displays on the evolution of Louisiana to rotating art and history exhibits.

The Cabildo

This flagship building of The Louisiana State Museum is the site of the Louisiana Purchase. The building served as the Louisiana State Supreme Court until 1908 and was the location of the landmark decision in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1892. Today it houses exhibitions on the Purchase and on Louisiana history, including one of Napoleon's death masks. 

The Presbytere

Designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, the Presbytere is located beside St. Louis Cathedral and was originally the residence of the Capuchin Monks. The museum's two permanent exhibits include a celebration of Mardi Gras and a commemoration of Hurricane Katrina. 

Madame John's Legacy

Located at 632 Dumain Street in the French Quarter, Madame John's is an excellent example of Louisiana Creole residential design at the end of the 18th century and is now a National Historic Landmark. The architectural complex consists of three buildings: the main house, kitchen with cooks quarters and two-story garconniere. It, too, is part of The Louisiana State Museum. 

The Old U.S. Mint

The Old U.S. Mint is the only building in America to have served as both a U.S. and Confederate Mint. In 1981, the Greek Revival-style National Historic Landmark opened to the public as a museum. The Mint now houses an extensive jazz exhibition, including Louis Armstrong's first cornet, Fats Domino's piano and much more. You can even catch live performances at the historic building as a part of their Music at the Mint program. 

The 1850 House

A prime example of antebellum architecture in New Orleans, the 1850 House offers a glimpse of middle- and upper-class life during the most prosperous period in New Orleans' history. The house is a part of the Lower Pontalba Building, which was built by the Baroness Pontalba and was the first apartment building in the United States. 

The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History

Located in the historic Faubourg Tremé, one of America's oldest black neighborhoods, the museum is comprised of 7 historic buildings and is anchored by the lovely Tremé Villa. The museum features rotating exhibits as well as a fine collection of African artwork and crafts. The museum acts as a gateway the Tremé and offers walking and bus tours of the neighborhood. 

The National World War II Museum

This historical gem transports you to a time when victory hung in the balance. Guaranteed to move and educate, The National WWII Museum features a 4D cinematic experience, interactive exhibits, soaring aircraft, personal histories and more. 

Upcoming Events

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“Awash with Color:…

Feb 12 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

18th Annual Dr.…

Feb 12 - Mar 31, 2016
Join us for the opening reception for the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King… more

After Party ft Johnny…

Feb 12 - 12, 2016

Amanda Ducorbier

Feb 12 - 27, 2016
AMANDA DUCORBIER - TRIO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel more

Antoine Diel at the…

Feb 12 - 26, 2016
ANTOINE DIEL - TRIO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel more

Chris Brown…

Feb 12 - 12, 2016
Chris Brown returns to the Smoothie King Center on Feb. 12! for his Valentines… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 12, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Food Truck…

Feb 12 - 13, 2016

Mahalia Jackson…

Feb 12 - 12, 2016
Peppa Pig, star of Entertainment One's (eOne) top-rated TV series, airing daily… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Feb 12 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

The Foundation…

Feb 12 - 28, 2016
*Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 - 6pm-10pm The Foundation Gallery will be… more

The Historic New…

Feb 12 - May 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The Music of the…

Feb 12 - 13, 2016
The Rolling Stones are one of the most iconic bands of the last 50 years. Their… more

The Photography of…

Feb 12 - Mar 1, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Feb 12 - 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more

Backyard Grooves

Feb 13, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Bolden Bar After-Party

Feb 13 - 13, 2016

Cooking Demonstration…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) is pleased to announce that Erik… more

Critter Cinema,…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
Join us for  Critter Cinema, sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA.  Great… more

Double Dose

Feb 13, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

“Awash with Color:…

Feb 12 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

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