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While many folks try to keep anything that creeps, crawls, or flies out of their lives, the Audubon Insectarium is working to bring visitors eye to eye with the creepy and crawly. Thousands of mounted specimens and live insects make up the collection of interactive exhibits that are housed in the largest freestanding museum of its kind in the United States. Audubon Insectarium exhibits include Butterflies in Flight which provides visitors with an up-close learning experience in a free-flying Japanese Garden style exhibit, Life Underground which shrinks visitors to the size of our six-legged friends with oversized props and animatronic insects, and the Cooking Show and Cultural Café which gives everyone the chance to experience the joy of cooking with insects!
Woldenberg Riverfront Park, a green oasis of 20 acres (8.1 hectares) stretches along the old Governor Nicholls Street wharf to the Aquarium of the Americas at Canal Street. This promenade is located in the heart of the city and is scattered with numerous works by local artists. It boasts hundreds of beautiful trees such as oaks, magnolias, willows and crepe myrtle. Sit on one of the many benches and view the city's busy port, second only to Amsterdam in tonnage.
Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum is located on the second floor of Arnaud's Restaurant. It is dedicated to his daughter, Germaine Cazenave Wells who was crowned queen of 22 carnival balls for 17 different krewes during a 31-year period (1937-1968). On display are many of her ball gowns, costumes and accessories worn by other family members. The entrance is through the restaurant and admission is free.
The brainchild of J. D. Healy and Catherine Shultz, The Museum of Death was first opened in San Diego in 1995. Having grown in popularity it was later moved to Hollywood Boulevard and a second one of its kind was opened in New Orleans. Since then it has gone on to become home to the largest collection of death themed exhibits. Found here are a controversial collection of severed heads, photos of crime scenes, autopsy instruments, execution devices, taxidermied pets and several other eerie exhibits. If you can stomach graphic and gory displays do visit this museum.
Louisiana Children's Museum offers a toddler area and children's drama, dance, and puppet shows. There are also art and science exhibits, as well as hands-on math and physics exhibits, and a reproduction of a television studio. Many of the exhibits are geared toward learning through doing. This style of learning makes it fun for both parents and kids alike. This is a great rainy day field trip and a good place for anyone trying to get away from the "adult" aspects of the city.
The Presbytere, built in 1790, was originally called the "Ecclesiastical House." It served as a courthouse and a commercial business before becoming one of five buildings in the French Quarter that make up the Louisiana State Museum. Exhibits focus on paintings, furniture, pottery, clothing and every kind of craft or relic imaginable, as long as it illustrates Louisiana's culture and colorful past.
The Museum of the American Cocktail traces the colorful history of the American Cocktail—its ingredients, inventors, and evolution. Visitors will stumble upon classic cocktail shakers, bottles, prohibition-era literature and music, tools and other cocktail memorabilia. The artifacts are almost over 200 years old. The Museum hosts a series of informative and entertaining mixology seminars planned to coincide with popular events like Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, Jazz Fest, and Southern Comfort's 'Tales of the Cocktail'.
If the name "New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum" does not bring you inside, nothing will. The museum features are Voodoo walking tours featuring artifacts and sacred objects related to the realm of "voodoo." Learn everything you wanted to know about this spiritual practice and its history in the Crescent City. There are also guided swamp, plantation and cemetery tours.