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Art Lover's Guide to New Orleans

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Art Lover's Guide to New Orleans
A riot of color, music, and movement, New Orleans has inspired countless artists, from colonial architects and impressionist painters to mask makers and jazz musicians. Whether you’re in the mood for highbrow or carnivalesque, here are the top stops for an artsy exploration of the city. 

Degas House
French impressionist Edgar Degas spent a few inspiring months at this columned mansion on Esplanade Avenue, taking images of 19th-century New Orleans back to Europe and reigniting his career. Join a tour to hear the stories behind some of Degas’ most admired works and see the cramped garret room where he painted them. 

Longue Vue House and Gardens
The European-style gardens at this National Historic Landmark in New Orleans’ Lakeview neighborhood are a work of art themselves. Beyond the manicured shrubs and blooming fountains, the Longue Vue House is home to an impressive modern and op art collection featuring works by Kandinsky, Picasso, and Vasarely, plus rotating special exhibits. 

New Orleans Museum of Art
If you need a break from the humidity and heat, duck into the air-conditioned galleries of NOMA, one of the top fine-arts museums in the American South. Browse the impressive French, Japanese, and African collections, or take a stroll beneath live oaks in the lakeside sculpture garden. 

Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World
No matter when you visit New Orleans, you can see the colorful artistry of the city’s biggest party up close at this Mardi Gras museum and workshop. See extravagant costumes and watch craftspeople at work creating huge, papier-mâché floats and props for the next carnival parades.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 
While a graveyard might not be the first place you’d look for great art, this legendary New Orleans “City of the Dead” is one of the best places to admire the city’s unique above-ground burial style. Ornate tombs, family crypts, and carved stone memorials offer a fascinating glimpse of funerary art throughout the centuries (it’s been around since 1789). 

Houmas House
Often called the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” this historic plantation west of New Orleans is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the state. Inside the antebellum mansion, well-restored finishes include an oversize sugar cane mural typical of the era.
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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Guided Tour

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Guided Tour

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Step inside the walls of the oldest and most legendary burial ground in New Orleans on a guided tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. The storied graveyard—which can only be visited with a guide—is the final resting place of many illustrious Louisiana families and has been featured in Hollywood films like ‘Easy Rider.’ Learn about the city's curious above-ground burial practices as you walk among elaborate vaults and see the mysterious tomb of Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau.
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  • 1 hour
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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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Peek behind the curtain at the marvel of Mardi Gras with this tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. See the behind-the-scenes work and incredible artistry that goes into preparing for the annual celebration. With a guide, learn the history of the event, and see fantastic floats and props. Get a picture in front of your favorite float, dress up in costumes, and sample some classic King Cake.
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Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Lunch from New Orleans

Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Lunch from New Orleans

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Experience the elegance of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this full-day historical plantation tour. In a small‐group, visit San Francisco Plantation and Houmas House Plantation, where you’ll view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and former slave quarters while hearing fascinating – and often somber – pre‐Civil war histories from expert guides.  You'll also enjoy a private luncheon, served exclusively for your group at Houmas House.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Houmas House Plantation Walking Tour

Houmas House Plantation Walking Tour

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Discover the grandeur and complex history of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this guided tour of Houmas House Plantation. Experience the authenticity of place as costumed guides narrate the history of this landmark sugar plantation, leading through the mansion’s elegant rooms before you head off for a private stroll through the estate’s stunning gardens.
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Edgar Degas House Impressionist Tour in New Orleans

Edgar Degas House Impressionist Tour in New Orleans

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Spend a morning or afternoon in Impressionist‐era New Orleans with a tour of Edgar Degas’ former home and art studio, led by his great-grandniece. See the grand interior spaces that provided the setting for many of Degas works, learn about the artist’s Creole roots and stroll under the beautiful oaken canopy along Esplanade Avenue. Extend your tour with optional upgrades including a courtyard breakfast beforehand or a visit to the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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  • 4 hours
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New Orleans Garden District Grandeur Walking Tour

New Orleans Garden District Grandeur Walking Tour

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Enjoy an informative walking tour in the Garden District of New Orleans led by an expert guide. Stroll around the opulent neighborhood to see historic homes including the Buckner Mansion, which served as the set for Miss Robichaux's Academy in the TV series ‘American Horror Story: Coven.’ Learn about the history of the stately houses and see where celebrities such as Sandra Bullock, Anne Rice, and Peyton and Eli Manning have lived. Check out The Rink and the historic Lafayette Cemetery at tour's end.
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