Art


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Gretna Heritage…

Oct 3 - 5, 2014
Celebrating 20 years the Gretna Heritage Festival, encompassing 25 city blocks,… more

Art for Arts' Sake

Oct 4 - 4, 2014
Created by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in 1980, this annual rite of… more

Gentilly Fest

Oct 10 - 12, 2014
Free to the public, Gentilly Fest celebrates all things … more

Treme Creole Gumbo…

Nov 8 - 9, 2014
New Orleans jazz and R&B by Treme artists, gumbo-cooking demos, crafts and… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 1 - 31, 2014
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans… more

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Jan 1 - 1, 2015
One of the great college football traditions takes place in New Orleans each… 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 other cities is their ability to embody the joie de vivre (joy of life) mentality 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. neworleansopera.org

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

The only musician-owned orchestra in North America is led by musical director Carlos Miguel Prieto. lpomusic.com

New Orleans Ballet Association

The 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. nobadance.com

Southern Repertory Theatre

New Orleans' professional theater, focuses on bold new-world and regional premiers by American playwrights. southernrep.com

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. noma.org

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The 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. ogdenmuseum.org

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. cacno.org

New Orleans Artworks at the New Orleans Glassworks & Printmaking Studio

BREATHTAKING demonstrations. Twice featured on NBC's Today Show. Visitors invited to participate, design wine glasses, print wine labels, copper enameling. Spacious open studio. Glass print metal amphitheater. Ideal hands-on tours/receptions. Creations by local artisans available in gift gallery. neworleansglassworks.com

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. 
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Museums

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Located in the French Quarter, this collection is the best introduction to New Orleans history you can get. hnoc.org

The Cabildo

This flagship building of The Louisiana State Museum is the site of the Louisiana Purchase. Today it houses exhibitions on the Purchase and on Louisiana history. http://www.crt.state.la.us/museum/

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. 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. http://www.crt.state.la.us/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. http://www.crt.state.la.us/museum/

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 neighborhood and offers walking and bus tours of the neighborhood. noaam.org

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. Nationalww2museum.org 

Upcoming Events

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American Theater…

Sep 18 - 21, 2014
American Theatre Project of New Orleans (ATPNO) returns to Dillard University's… more

Dillard’s 2014 Brain…

Sep 18 - 18, 2014
Dillard University's 2014 Brain Food Lecture Series promises to serve up a… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 18 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 18 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Jazz in the Park

Sep 18 - Oct 30, 2014
Jazz in the Park returns for nine straight weeks this fall,  with a… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Sep 18 - 20, 2014
Just a week later, the popular Broadway comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha… more

Le PETIT THEATRE…

Sep 18 - 20, 2014
In this regional premiere of Christopher Durang's uproarious Tony Award winning… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 18 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

New Orleans Burlesque…

Sep 18 - 18, 2014
The Opening Night of the 6th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival features… more

New Orleans Fringe…

Sep 18 - Oct 15, 2014
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Open Mic Night at…

Sep 18 - 25, 2014
Come on down to 125 Bourbon Street and celebrate with good music, food and… more

The Trio featuring…

Sep 18 - 18, 2014
Join us for The Trio featuring Johnny Vidacovich, Chris Severin, Nicholas… more

The Victory Belles…

Sep 18 - Nov 19, 2014
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

The Victory Belles…

Sep 18, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

True Colors Exhibition

Sep 18 - 18, 2014
This exhibition aims to represent people of all sexualities, genders, races and… more

Urban League Women's…

Sep 18 - 18, 2014
The Women's Business Resource Center of the Urban League presents "Women… more

"Thanks for the…

Sep 19 - 19, 2014
Take a seat in the crowd as Bob Hope takes the stage, just as he did during… more

Blue Nile Presents…

Sep 19 - 19, 2014
Come join us for Mississippi Rail Company w/ special guests Johnny Sansone and… more

Champions Square…

Sep 19 - 19, 2014
In support of his "True Believers Tour," Darius Rucker comes to Bold… more

Community Cinema…

Sep 19 - 19, 2014
MAKERS - Women in Comedyis one of a six-part PBS series profiling the impact… more

American Theater…

Sep 18 - 21, 2014
American Theatre Project of New Orleans (ATPNO) returns to Dillard University's… more

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