Impressionist Edgar Degas, whose Creole mother and grandmother were born in New Orleans, stayed with his Musson cousins in this house during an 1872 visit to New Orleans, producing 18 paintings and 4 drawings while here. "This is a new style of painting," Degas wrote in one of the five letters he sent from New Orleans, saying the breakthrough he experienced here led to "better art." Today, this museum house and bed-and-breakfast offers public tours given by Degas's great-grandnieces,
which include a viewing of an award-winning film on Degas's family and their sojourn in New Orleans and a walk through the historic neighborhood centered on the details in the artist's letters. Feel free to drop by for a look if you're in the vicinity, but check the website or call ahead for event dates or to make an appointment for a full tour.