Just a short distance from the intersection of historic Esplanada Avenue and Carrollton Aveune is where you’ll find the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), located on the grounds of one of the nation’s most visited parks, City Park. With it’s breathtaking lawns and serene halls filled with art spanning from ancient to modern times, you’ll discover NOMA reflects the area’s strong history though its extensive French and American art.
Built in 1911 by a sugar cane planter turned phillantropist, Isaac Delgado, NOMA is twenty-five thousand square foot Beaux Arts-style temple. When you visit NOMA, you’ll be awestruck by it’s accomanied five acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden along with the grounds of the museum, which are veiled in the Southern beauty of New Orleans. Graced with the tranquility of winding footpaths, frangrant camellias and quaint bridges, the lawns of NOMA and its scuplture garden are art in and of itself.
Waiting for you, as well, at NOMA are reflecting lagoons, magnolias, and two hundred year old oak trees along with the musuem itself, housing a rich history, dating back to the early nineteen hundreds. From it’s humble beginnings, the museum has grown to hold an electic collection of prints, scupltures and paintings. Work by Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, and Edgar Degas grace the halls of the museum, which is at the core of New Orleans’ artistically rich historical heritage.
One of the museum’s most famed collections is its Arts of Americas. Looking at the heritage of America from pre-Columbia period through the Spanish Colonial era, you’ll discover this collection has a unique display. Among its Mayan ojects and Cuzco paintings and sculputures is where you’ll find a suite of period rooms. With decorative art and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, this display is one of the museum’s most amazing sights and a chance for you to visit the past.
NOMA was fortunate to have escaped damaged caused by the wrath of Hurrican Katrina. However, the museum pays homage to those people and places in New Orleans that were not spared. Through art and images, you’ll see, firsthand, the destruction and restoration that the citizens of New Orleans have endured.
New Orlean’s history along with art created throughout the ages is housed in the city’s beautiful New Orleans Museum of Art. Walking on the museum’s grounds and in its hall will transports you back in time and emerses you in the artisic richness that is found in few places in the nation.