The National World War II Museum is made up of four sections, each containing a different exhibit. A variety of artifacts, testimonies and documents, particularly those chronicling the World War II period, are on display here. There is a permanent exhibit, as well as temporary exhibits and electronic exhibits, all of which transport visitors back to that time in history.
Idyllically laid within the ambit of New Orleans' famous French Quarter district, Jackson Square is steeped in a rich history associated with the epoch-making Louisiana Purchase. An arsenal of historic landmarks, including the three-steepled St. Louis Cathedral, The Cabildo and the Presbytere stand amid vast landscaped gardens, with the bronze statue of the heroic Andrew Jackson forming a compelling centerpiece. Although now buried under layers of history, the square harks back to a fascinating past, when it was originally known as the Place d'Armes. An erstwhile site for public executions, this square saw a dramatic shift at the turn of the twentieth century. At the height of the Roaring Twenties, this National Historic Landmark became widely known for its association with the arts, allowing artists to gather and participate in the exchange of ideas. Through the years, Jackson Square has been touched by fleeting, yet enduring associations with tarot-readers, jugglers, street artists, and paraders, echoing the very unbeatable ethos that New Orleans is known for today.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a repository of many of the things that make this area of the United States great. Fine art, architecture, folk art and artifacts of the bygone Southern era can be found here. You also find unique exhibitions, such as Looking Back, Looking Forward, Becoming Ida Kohlmeyer, Walter Anderson and Friends, Clementine Hunter and Melrose, the Treme Storytelling Quilt Project, and The Jazz.
Established in the year 1961, Preservation Hall has become a haven for traditional jazz fans. Even if you are not a jazz lover, the unique old-school decor and the heady ambiance which is attributed to the stellar music performances will ensure you have a fantastic time here and may even become a fan before you leave. The interior of the club is sparse and does not feature much in the way of comfort, but comfort is easy to ignore with such great musical entertainment. They do not serve food or drinks here, however, feel free to bring along your own drinks to enjoy while you watch the show.
A glorious jewel gleaming in the heart of the city, the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis is one of the most prominent landmarks in the French Quarter. Illustrious in the extreme, the Cathedral has often single-handedly solidified New Orleans' identity. Lording over the historic landscape of Jackson Square, this magnificent cathedral is a soulful amalgamation of culture, history and an inextricable French legacy. The Cathedral of St. Louis was first built in 1718 but became an established parish in 1720. The current cathedral is not the original, but a rebuilt expansion of the third version of the cathedral, built-in 1789. In 1964, Pope John Paul II designated the cathedral as a Minor Basilica. The graceful beauty of the St. Louis Cathedral and its surrounding courtyards in the French Quarter makes it a sight to behold. Cradled on the banks of the Mississippi River, the cathedral is considered one of the greatest symbols of Catholicism on the North American continent. Upheld by beautiful blue steeples and interiors which are just as ornate, this cathedral is an edifice hewn with an indelible French heritage.
This is one of those places that make you wonder if they ever close. Open doors and no cover charge lure tourists and locals to listen to some of the best music in town. Authentic jazz that is loud and lively is almost non-stop from mid-afternoon to the wee hours of the morning at Maison Bourbon. Players include Wallace Davenport, Steve Slocum and Tommy Yetta. Patrons must be 21 or older. There is a one-drink minimum.
The International Longshoremen's Association in New Orleans is an active association that represents longshoremen and related workers in New Orleans. Their union holds a monthly meeting in the ILA Hall. The hall is available for dance and musical performances. It also hosts gospel concerts and other shows featuring local talent.
While most galleries display art work to get you thinking about life, Angela King Gallery does much more. The artworks displayed here are so stunning and eye-popping that it will take many weeks for you to forget the paintings. Enjoy a visual feast as you scan and admire realist paintings of famous and unknown human figures, surrealist fantasies, contemporary sculptures and even pop art. Decipher scribbles forming fascinating patterns, sculptures depicting fluid and even surreal motions, and abstractionism at its finest. Definitely, life will take on a different meaning as you step out of this gallery but you will also have plenty of fun while doing so.
Café Baby showcases the colorful and whimsical artwork of Marc Bercier. Bright paintings of Bercier’s signature "Baby" symbol, based on a self-portrait his daughter drew when she was just five years old, and bold playful flowers draw art-lovers into this French Quarter Gallery. Once inside, visitors will find a large collection of Bercier’s paintings and portraits. Visitors will frequently find the artist in the gallery and available for questions. -Bethany Culp
James Michalopoulos expresses the feeling and spirit of New Orleans on canvas with vivid colors and a distinctive style. The Michalopoulos Gallery of New Orleans showcases these original paintings along with giclees, posters, prints and limited edition serigraphs made from the original artwork. Don’t miss the opportunity to stop in this French Quarter gallery to admire original works or to purchase a piece to display in your home. -Bethany Culp
Enter The Parish which is next door to the House of Blues through a brick alleyway with a large fountain depicting Atlas shouldering the globe. A 5,000 square foot of event space with a state-of-the-art sound system, The Parish is a hotspot for eclectic concerts. Drawing inspiration from the design of a cathedral, it features stained glass, hand-painted murals, it's certainly a sight to behold. The intimate atmosphere allows for a genuine connection to be forged between musicians and the audience.
New Orleans Musical Legends Park is a lovely outdoor space that is dedicated to creating awareness about the rich cultural and musical heritage of the city of New Orleans. A pleasant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city, the space offers visitors a tranquil oasis with interesting exhibits that chronicle the various influences that have shaped the culture of this vibrant city. Entrance to the park is free, and live musical performances are par course. Grab a table and some beignets from the Cafe, or simply settle down and enjoy a musical extravaganza in this beautiful outdoor setting at the heart of the French Quarter.