Lose yourself in a world of New Orleans art as you and your group visit the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden, or NOMA for short. NOMA is an impressive collection of around 40,000 various objects ranging from French and American art and modern photography to antique glass work and African and Japanese sculptures. NOMA was first established in 1911, which makes this the oldest fine arts museum in the entire city. Enjoy the landscape of City Park near Esplanade Avenue, a vibrantly green area surrounded by meandering footpaths, lagoons, live oaks laden with Spanish moss, mature pines, magnolias, camellias, and gorgeous pedestrian bridges. You will also truly enjoy the adjoining 5-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, full of over 60 various marble sculptures.
While visiting NOMA, under current curation of Susan L. Taylor, your group will see many different facets of art, from all around the globe. Aside from the objects mentioned before, you will see a strong focus on self portraits and sculptures. Explore the global artistry within the grand marble building before admiring the magnolia garden and 200 year old live oaks highlighting the popular sculpture garden, each choice their own amazing cultural opportunities to admire and immerse oneself into local art and history. Head over to the Museum shop to pick up any fun or educational souvenirs before stopping at Cafe Noma, Travel + Leisure’s vote for "One of America’s Best Museum Restaurants" in 2015. Here you will enjoy mid-century modern decor, energetic and fresh, next to some truly great pastries and coffee, or perhaps a little more stick-to-your-ribs meal of their award winning Southern pulled pork slider with slaw!