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Ogden Museum of Southern Art Thursday evening "Ogden After Hours" weekly music series with a live musical performance by Southern Musicians and interviews by Southern music historians.  This program offers Museum visitors a weekly opportunity to celebrate the music of the South in an intimate and unique way, surrounded by the Museum's diverse Collection and in the Museum's architecturally-distinct atrium setting.

Beginning in October 2003, the Museum has welcomed a diverse line-up of Southern musicians, including:
Theresa Andersson, brothers James and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Sunpie Barnes, the Basin Street Sheiks, Henry Butler, Grayson Capps, Kim Carson, Leah Chase, Lyn Drury, John Fohl, Jonathan Freilich and Glen Hartman, the Hackberry Ramblers, Jeff and Vida, Little Freddie King, Joe Krown, Steve Riley, David Greely, Julia LaShae, Ingrid Lucia, Jeremy Lyons, Jim McCormick, Anders Osborne, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), the Red Stick Ramblers, A. J. Roach, Coco Robicheaux, Amanda Shaw, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, David Egan, Stanton Moore (of Galatic), Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
just to name a few.

For more information on museum hours, exhibits and upcoming After Hours performances please visit their web site at


Art Museums

New Orleans Museum of Art
Scheduled to re-open March 3, 2006
Founded in 1910, this is the City's oldest fine arts organization with a permanent collection of more than 40,000 paintings, drawings, prints and other objects from ancient to modern times.  The collection is noted for it's extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works.
Located in City Park.  Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children $3  504-488-2631

Contemporary Art Center
Re-opening January 7, 2006
This Center for the visual and performing arts is known for housing temporary exhibits of both local and regional artists as well as live performances.


Ogden Museum of Southern Art - UNO
Re-opened October 27, 2005

A comprehensive and compelling Southern art collection.

River Road African American Museum
Dedicated to the preservation, allocation and interpretation of art and artifacts as they relate to the history of African people in plantation country.

Madame John's Legacy
Not presently open
A colonial plantation-style home in the French Quarter housing the Louisiana State Museum's Folk Art exhibit.  This 150 piece collection includes Southern Folk artists such as Howard Finster, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Clementine Hunter, Bill Taylor, Sister Gertrude Morgan and others.

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Historic Museums

Historic New Orleans Collection
An exhibit of authentic documents and artifacts that shaped Louisiana's history.

Cabildo Museum
Now open
Displays on the early history of Louisiana and growth of European settlements
along the Mississippi River.

Scheduled to re-open January 2006
The Louisiana State Museum's new and extensive exhibit on Mardi Gras both past and present.


New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
Now open
Pharmaceutical artifacts, hand-blown bottles, and rare patent medicines.

Pitot House Museum
Now open
This authentically restored and furnished home was built in the 1700's and captures the flavor of early 19th century life in New Orleans.


Museum of Architecture and Neighborhoods
Now open
Houses both permanent and changing exhibits of each National Historic District in New Orleans and provides information on what to do and see in each neighborhood.


Old U.S. Mint
Not presently open
Part of the Louisiana State Museum where exhibits focus on New Orleans Jazz, Newcomb pottery, and the former U.S. Mint.

National D-Day Museum
Re-opens January 7, 2006
Honors the Veterans of World War II as well as citizens on the home front through exhibits containing personal stories, photographs, artifacts, maps, letters, reproductions, and other documents pertaining to this pivotal event in history.

Civil War Museum
Now open
Established in 1891 this museum is the oldest in the State and was originally constructed as a meeting place to convey Civil War stories and to preserve an assortment of "homespun" artifacts.  Now home to one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the nation, the exhibit contains over 100 Confederate battle flags, a large array of uniforms, numerous rare Louisiana made swords, personal items of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard, and Franklin Gardner.

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Performing Arts

The following venues offer a wide range of performing arts including live theater, dance, and music.  Please call the individual theaters for their current and future schedules of events.

Contemporary Arts Center           504-523-1216
Mahalia Jackson Theater             504-565-7490

Southern Rep Theater                 504-522-6545
Little Theater                            504-522-2081
Orphium Theater                        504-524-3285
Municipal Auditorium                   504-565-7470
New Orleans Opera Association    504-529-3000
Saenger Theater                       504-524-2490

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The City of New Orleans boasts an abundance of galleries with styles that range from Traditional to Contemporary and encompass nearly every medium imaginable.  There are three main areas of town that provide especially easy access to these venues:

The French Quarter

Most galleries can be found on Chartres and Royal Streets and some on intersecting streets within one block to the north or south.

The Warehouse/Arts District
Centered primarily on Julia Street with some spilling over onto the intersecting streets of Camp,
Saint Charles, Baronne and Carondelet.

Uptown on Magazine Street
Whether you browse the funky antique shops on lower Magazine street or the elegant fine art galleries farther Uptown you're in for a treat, but be sure to take a private car or buy a day pass for the streetcar because these shops are found in clusters that are spread out over a several
miles of the street.

Detailed maps of these areas can be found on line and in the visitor's bureau on Jackson Square.

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