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.
Cajun Pride Swamp Tour is a fun and informative way to see a scenic swamp and wildlife refuge. You might see a whole zoo's worth of creatures including: alligators, bald eagles, waterfowl, owls, beavers, raccoons and even black bears. Tours generally last about an hour and a half.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 1980, this turn of the century home opened its doors as the one of the largest showcases of regional artists. The artists use a wide variety of mediums, including oil on canvas, marble sculpture, and glass to portray many different themes. The amazing collection, here, consists of both two and three-dimensional works as well as a large selection of photos. Carol Robinson Gallery also specializes in custom framing. This is a great place for those looking to add some local spice to their collection.
If you head just north of the historic French Quarter, you will find this spectacular example of late Victorian architecture at its best. Our Lady of Gaudalupe Catholic Church was founded in 1826, making her the oldest church in New Orleans. She contains many antiques that date back to the year of her birth in the 1800s. Tours are conducted by appointment. Admission is free.
Only in the good old USA would you find an art gallery dedicated to cartoons. This fun, walk-through attraction features animation prints and art collectibles for the young (and young of heart). Its sources for such whimsical creations include Disney, Tom Everhart's Snoopy and his Pals, Chuck Jones, The Simpsons, and Warner Bros. There are also a few limited edition signed prints by Ronnie Wood, of the Rolling Stones.
Ethnic tribal jewelry, Louis XVI furniture, textile, and Impressionist masterpieces are few of the things that can be found at this 12,000 square feet gallery. Housing the finest artwork and antique collection, interior decorators and museum curators have long since hidden this lamp as a treasured secret. So take a stroll through the French Quarter and take home a piece of history with you.
The Manheim family has had a long intimate association with fine arts appreciation since 1919. Bernard Manheim fled Austria and set up an antique gallery and cabinet shop, which to this date serves as the Manheim Galleries. An eye for art is a skill that Ida Manheim has picked up from her famous art curator father, when she accompanied him on his world buying trips. The same skill and eye for detail is put to use when she works with a client. Her clientèle include famous celebrities, dignitaries and even art connoisseurs.
New Orleans Culinary History Tours showcase the cuisine of New Orleans, a large part of the city's cultural heritage. The tour takes you through some important historic landmarks that have contributed to the evolution of the city's famous cuisine. Some of the places that are visited as part of the tour are Napoleon House and St. Louis Cathedral. Visitors get to listen to stories about the French Quarter, learn about historic cooking techniques and even hear what was served in restaurants in the pre-Civil War era. This is a perfect pass-time for enthusiasts of history and food. This place opens at 2pm from Monday to Tuesday and from Friday to Saturday