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GoNOLA Guide to New Orleans Museum Month

The New Orleans Museum of Art (Photo: Kelsey Campion)

By the time August rolls around, you may have already been to the beach or the pool a time or two. So this is the perfect month to enrich your mind by taking advantage of New Orleans Museum Month. For the whole month of August, if you’re a member of ANY participating museum, you’ll get access to EVERY Museum Month participating museum FOR FREE. If you’re not already a member, just join on the spot, and then visit any other museum on the list. If you don’t know where to start, check out some of the museums we’re looking forward to visiting in our guide.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

When you’re feeling artsy…

Ogden Museum

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art showcases and celebrates the art and culture of the American South. Housing the largest collection of Southern art in the world, the Ogden is home to works by well-known painters, folk artists, and contemporary artists still at work. Beginning in August, the Louisiana Contemporary exhibition will showcase the work of living artists, highlighting the visual arts culture of Louisiana and New Orleans’s position as a rising international art center.

New Orleans Museum of Art

Located in beautiful City Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art is the oldest fine arts institution in the city. The museum’s permanent collection boasts an impressive range of works from European and American art to African and Japanese works. Summertime exhibition “Bodies of Knowledge” displays the work of eleven international contemporary artists reflecting on the role that language plays in archiving and asserting our cultural identities.

Contemporary Arts Center

Right across the street from the Ogden, the Contemporary Arts Center is a multidisciplinary arts center dedicated to the production, presentation, and promotion of the art of our contemporary times. Opening August 3, the Contemporary arts Center is hosting a an Open Call Exhibition, showcasing the work of 23 regional artists.

The New Orleans Museum of Art  (Photo: Kelsey Campion)

When you need some culture…

New Orleans Jazz Museum

Located in the historic Old U.S. Mint between the French Quarter and the live music of Frenchmen Street, the New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates the history of jazz in the city where it was born. The museum takes a global view of jazz as one of the most innovative and influential musical genres history and has the largest collection of instruments owned and played by important jazz figures in the world.

Ashé Cultural Arts Center

The Ashé Cultural Arts Center presents visual and performance art by influential African-American artists and local theater groups including Chakula Cha Jua Theater Company. The Center also sponsors seminars and lectures that address social and artist issues relevant to the African American community.

Southern Food And Beverage Museum

Dedicated to the discovery, understanding, and celebration of the food, drink, and the related culture of the South, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum features an exhibit for each Southern state, plus the Galerie d’Absinthe, a demonstration kitchen, and the grand Museum of the American Cocktail.

The New Orleans Jazz Museum (Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz Museum)

When you’re brushing up on your history…

National World War II Museum

Formerly called the D-Day Museum, the National World War II Museum is dedicated to telling the stories of “the war that changed the world.” This Smithsonian-affiliated institution includes a special display of the Higgins boat, which was developed by Andrew Jackson Higgins of New Orleans. Special Exhibition “In Memory of What I Cannot Say,” will be on display all summer, showcasing the work of a French painter who channeled his combat experiences fighting the Nazis into moving works of art.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection is dedicated to preserving the history of New Orleans and the French Quarter. The newly-restored Royal Street Complex includes historic French Quarter residences dating back to the early 1700s. This summer, The Historic New Orleans Collection is hosting a special exhibition called “Art of the City,” featuring art from the post-modern period all the way to post-Katrina.

The National World War II Museum (Photo: Zack Smith)

Editor’s Note: Get involved with Museum Month by using #NolaMuseumMonth on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when you post photos of your museum visits.

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