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New Orleans is more than a celebration and Mardi Gras city – it is a place filled with life, culture, attractions and friendly people. Other than rejoicing in music and dancing, visitors and locals can visit the city’s museums, great places for sharing knowledge and insights about local and global culture. Check out the ten best museums in the city of New Orleans.
General L. Kemper Williams and Leila Hardie Moore Williams founded the Historic New Orleans Collection to showcase their various Louisiana artifacts. This museum, research center and publisher’s aim is to preserve New Orleans’ history and culture. Several historic buildings stand near the institution. Each building houses one million items from over three centuries, documenting major and minor historical events. There are four exhibits: the Williams Gallery, Louisiana History Gallery, Boyd Cruise Gallery and Laura Simon Nelson Gallery for Louisiana Art. Each exhibit reveals New Orleans’ multicultural stories and explores Louisiana’s historical evolution. The publication department has published award-winning books on Louisiana. They also offer an Architecture and Courtyards Tour which explores New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, the Vieux Carre.
Address & Telephone Number: 533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 523 4662
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium encourages visitors to use all five senses as they explore the world of insects. The garden offers more than fifty exhibits and different multimedia elements. This museum is labeled North America’s largest museum dedicated to insects. As tourists explore the place, they will discover why bugs are building blocks of life. While doing this, they will become bug-sized (figuratively) and wander through a Louisiana swamp. After the swamp, visitors will witness the bug awards show, hosted by the bugs, and view the butterfly garden. The butterfly garden is home to hundreds of butterflies and features a fish pond. Butterflies soar from one flower to another and rest on the shoulders of visitors sometimes. The interaction with the gorgeous butterflies will surely leave lasting vivid memories.
Address & Telephone Number: 423 Canal St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 524 2847
The New Orleans African American Museum (NOAAM) is located in Treme, the oldest surviving African-American community in the United States. The museum’s mission is to preserve and promote African-Americans’ contributions to New Orleans during emancipation, Reconstruction and contemporary times. NOAAM rests on a former plantation and houses seven historical buildings. The Meilleur-Goldwaite House was built in 1829. This is the museum’s main building, a cottage with large windows. Over the years, the house retained its original interior and external surroundings. As visitors tour the museum, they will have an opportunity to explore the history of New Orleans’ African-Americans. Some of the tours explore the St. Augustine church, Creole cottages, Treme artists and musicians and Congo Square, a gathering place.
The 1850 House offers its tourists a glimpse of middle and upper class life in New Orleans. The house’s construction was inspired by Parisian architecture. Art and décor objects adorn the walls and Porcelain China sets rest in cabinets. As visitors walk through the house, they are transported through historical times. Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba was the original owner of the house and she designed and financed the various buildings that surround it. Don Andres Almonester y Roxas, her father, was a Spanish colonial landowner who also helped finance the buildings. In 1921, Pontalba sold the building and it became a museum in 1927. The museum documents the Battle of New Orleans, Civil War sieges, conflagrations, floods, riverboat races and the Hurricane Katrina.
Address & Telephone Number: 523 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 568 6968
On January 8th 1891 Confederate Memorial Hall opened its doors to the New Orleans’ public. The museum is the oldest and largest collection of Confederate memorabilia in the United States. Tourists can embark on a journey through the military history and heritage of the South. CMH highlights the history of the Confederate States of America and covers the American Civil War. Frank T. Howard wrote a letter to the Louisiana Historical Association requesting acknowledgement of the Civil War’s survivors and victims. The hall resembles the city’s Howard Library. There are over 5,000 historical Confederate artifacts, several Civil War items and Confederate uniforms and flags in the museum’s collections.
Address: 929 Camp St, New Orleans, LA, USA
By Shay Lee