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Best Museums in New Orleans

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Located on Magazine Street, National World War II Museum is made up of multiple sections, each containing a different exhibit that explores the events of the Second World War. A variety of artifacts, testimonies and documents, particularly those chronicling the World War II period, are on display here. The Arsenal of Democracy features a variety of artifacts, interactive displays, and memorabilia that tell the story of the people who helped win the war. Other exhibits include the Road to Tokyo, Road to Berlin, Bayou to Battlefield, and more. An on-site restaurant and soda shop offer a variety of dining options and beverages.

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 can 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. Take a guided docent tour of the museum to explore unique artwork and new exhibitions enriched with interesting conversations.

This Greek Revival mansion is home to original English and American antiques and eight acres (3.2 hectares) of formal gardens and decorative fountains. Although the floral blooms here vary with the changing seasons, visitors can count on a spectacular display year-round. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Longue Vue House & Gardens features ever-changing exhibits. The lovely Teatime at Edith & Edgar’s Museum Cafe serves a selection of snacks and loose leaf tea in a garden setting. A gift shop sells horticulture and decorative items, children's gifts, and reproductions from the Longue Vue Collection.

Located in the beautiful New Orleans City Park, this breathtaking museum houses nearly 40,000 paintings, sculptures and prints, plus the Cafe Noma and the Noma Museum Shop. The art at New Orleans Museum Of Art comes from across the globe and represents everything from Southwestern Native American art to 19th-century French Impressionists. Here, you can explore rare photographs, Grecian antiquities, global decorative art, and unique textiles. The museum shop offers interesting souvenirs such as jewelry, dishware, books, cards, and other trinkets.

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.

When in town, take your kids out for an unforgettable fun-and-learn experience at this spectacular 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.

Mardi Gras World is where Mardi Gras comes to life with the creation of Mardi Gras floats. Here, you can catch the artists and builders of the world-famous floats hard at work. There is a gift shop where you can buy Carnival memorabilia, so you can say you have seen Mardi Gras and have something to show for it. Mardi Gras World is a fun trip for children, as a chest full of costumes affords them the chance to dress in true Carnival style. When in town, Mardi Gras World makes for an unmissable family attraction.

This structure was built between 1795 and 1799 to house the city council when New Orleans was a possession of Spain. Today, the Cabildo is one of the flagships of the Louisiana State Museum. Interactive exhibits illustrate the history of Louisiana from European explorations to the post Civil War Reconstruction era. This stunning museum is located on Jackson Square near the St. Louis Cathedral. Group tours are available. Here, you can explore local and regional artifacts that explore aviation history, hurricanes, sports legends, architecture, art, and more.

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