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New Orleans Museum of Art

1 Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, LA

Phone: (504)488-2631
Tty: (504)488-9562

Statement of Purpose

Arts of the Americas, pre-Columbian to the present; photography; African and Asian art; 13th to 19th century European painting; decorative arts; Faberge' Gallery.

In 1910, Jamaican-born New Orleans philanthropist Isaac Delgado donated $150,000 to the City to build a "temple of art for rich and poor alike" in City Park. Soon after, a neoclassic building, surrounded by lagoons, was erected in 1911. Since then, additions have nearly tripled the size of the original Delgado building, resulting in an institution of great regional importance and emerging national stature.

Today, the New Orleans Museum of Art is considered in the top 25 per cent of the nation's largest and most important art museums.

Highlights & Collections

NOMA offers its visitors tremendously varied permanent collection of 40,000 pieces - from ancient glass to French impressionism; from Renaissance religious painting to contemporary mixed media; from a comprehensive survey of Louisiana art to a broad selection of Japanese Edo period paintings. Plus, weekends are usually full of educational offerings like lectures, films and classes; plus a special extended loan of one of the nation's premiere collections of jeweled Faberge treasures and the world's finest traveling exhibitions.

All this in the tranquil beauty of City Park and still just minutes away from the bustle of New Orleans' famed French Quarter.

NOMA's 46 galleries house its outstanding permanent collection which now contains more than 40,000 objects valued at over $200 million. Among collection features is a comprehensive survey of 17th, 18th, and 19th-century French art, Spanish Colonial art, European and 20th-century art, and the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Faberge collection.

The Lupin Foundation Center for the Decorative Arts, located on the second floor, is devoted to an extensive display of glass, ceramic, and silver collection. The Third floor galleries house African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, Native American, and Asian art. NOMA's African art collection ranks among the best in the United States. The Museum is also well known for its extensive photography collection.


Exhibits & Special Events


Admission & Directions

The New Orleans Museum of Art is located in City Park, convenient to the City Park Avenue/Metairie Road exit on I-10. It can be reached via the Carrollton or Esplanade RTA bus lines. Shuttles leave the CBD daily. Ample free parking is available adjacent to the Museum.

Key Personnel

E. John Bullard, Director

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