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10 best New Orleans Museums

New Orleans is known as culturally rich and diverse city, and thus has much to offer for its visitors. We made a list of 10 great museums definitely worth a visit.

1. The National World War II Museum

This national museum covers the U.S. role in this war and recounts our involvement starting with 1930s before the war. Expositions tell the stories of abroad fights and the Home Front events. Visitors will learn about Normandy battles and Pacific Islands fights. Separate Boeing Center houses expositions about the technological advancement and the influence it had for WWII.
The National World War II Museum Those who want to experience what the soldiers went through should enter 4D Solomon Victory Theater to watch Tom Hanks' produced feature movie Beyond All Boundaries. This is a sensory experience bound to leave visitors shaken.
The museum continually expands, so there are some pavilions that are not yet finished. Archives - where guests can listen to oral stories of WWII veterans are available only with reservation. This section is mostly used for scholarly research.
Tourists will be wowed by their experiences at this museum and will leave better comprehending the sacrifice, bravery, and spirit of those that came before us and protected our way of life.

2. Audubon Zoo

This zoo is ranked as of the nation's best. It occupies 58 acres of beautiful scenery, exotic and local animals, and their natural surroundings. The museum is a New Orleans landmark and a living museum. It offers its visitors a look at some of the world's most wonderful creatures and participates in many breeding and species protection programs.
Audubon Zoo & Park, New Orleans Audubon Zoo has been continuously in operation since 1884 when it was called a World Exposition at Audubon Park. Modest beginnings turned into something grand today.

3. The Cabildo

This historic house is one the best known and important buildings in the U.S. It was built sometime between 1795 and 1799 in the place of burned wooden building that perished in the 1794 fire. The Cabildo Louisiana The Cabildo building was the official seat for the New Orleans government during the Spanish Colonial period. This is where the infamous Louisiana Purchase documents were signed in 1803.

4. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

This aquarium in the French Quarter is a historically significant and famous aquarium. It contains about 15,000 aquatic animals. Visitors will encounter various sea horses and dragons, brightly-colored South American frogs, and proud penguins. This living museum offers enough family fun for the entire day - you can visit southern Florida alligators, pet baby sharks, and lose the sense of time looking at fish. And finally, feel like an underwater scuba diver walking through a 30-foot long Caribbean Reef tunnel. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas This aquarium has been in the destructive path of Hurricane Katrina's path in 2005 and had to be partially evacuated. They lost most of the fish species during those hectic days due to power loss, but were able to rebuild afterwards.

5. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

This 50 acre property houses 50 beautiful statues. This a true New Orleans gem with all the priceless sculptures and picturesque views. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden This outdoor museum is built right next to the majestic New Orleans Museum of Art and features modern sculptures. Contemporary art lovers will be inspired by this beautiful exposition. Wandering through these wonder-inspiring grounds on a sunny day will be remembered for a long time.

6. Blaine Kern'r Mardi Gras World

New Orleans is tightly connected with Mardi Gras and is flocked by tourists during those days every February. The Blaine Kern's museum opens the doors to step into the history of Mardi Gras. The exposition is housed in the biggest float-building in the world.
Mardi Gras World The visitors will be guided by their tour guides and will step back in time. Horse-drawn carriages were used during the festival and are now available for viewing, alongside modern floats. Guests are invited to view colorful costumes and artifacts, floats, bead collections, and try some traditional delicacies, like coffee and king cake.

7. New Orleans Museum of Art

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) just turned 100 in 2011. The museum is housed in a beautiful neo classical Beaux Arts-style facility. The museum consists of 46 galleries that present 4,000 years of world art history. European sculptures and paintings from 16th - 20th centuries can be viewed here. Then American sculptures and paintings from 18th and 19th centuries follow. There are galleries for world prints and drawings; Asian, African, and Oceanic art; Pre-Columbian era Native American artifacts; a section for world photography; and finally European and American decorative arts.
New Orleans Museum of Art The museum also offers rotating special collections, such Faberge treasures or the Latin American artists' works.

8. New Orleans African American Museum

New Orleans history is closely connected with the African American community events and history. This museum offers a glimpse at the slavery and plantation times and then gradual development of civil rights movement. African American Museum The museum is dedicated to inform, educate, protect, and conserve the history of African American communities. Here the story of the African diaspora in New Orleans is preserved for generations to come.

9. New Orleans Jazz Museum

Just like with Mardi Gras, New Orleans is a birthplace and center of Jazz, so the museum of Jazz rightfully so is located between the French Quarter and the Frenchman Street - live music scene. The museum's purpose is to celebrate the Jazz culture and deep traditions through live expositions and academic programs. Visitors will enjoy interactive displays and musical presentations. New Orleans Jazz Museum The third floor of this museum is a beautiful concert location, where guests can hear live performances from some of the best current local and guest musicians. This space can be booked for special events, evening programs, and daily performances.

10. Pharmacy Museum

This is the historic home of the first licensed pharmacist in the United States. Louis Joseph Dufilho opened his shop in 1823 and this same building today offers the largest and most authentic collection in one location. Pharmacy Museum This apothecary shop has old authentic patents, medicinal books, prescriptions, and pharmaceutical tools all the way back from the 1800s.