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New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) Review
Gracing the main entrance to City Park since 1911, this traditional fine-arts museum is considered by many to be the centerpiece of the whole area. Drawing from classic Greek architecture, the gorgeous structure boasts several modern wings that bring additional light and space to the grand old building. NOMA now has 46 galleries housing an outstanding permanent collection. With nearly 40,000 objects, the installations and exhibitions appeal to casual visitors and art buffs alike, representing historical periods from the Italian Renaissance to the best of the contemporary world. A wealth of American and European art—particularly French—make up much of the collection, with names such as Monet, Renoir, Picasso, and Pollock all part of its dynamic stable. Louisiana artists also have a marked presence, and the museum boasts photography, ceramics, and glassworks from cultures around the globe, plus outstanding holdings in African, Pre-Columbian, and Asian art. In addition, the museum offers a year-round schedule of traveling and special exhibitions, events, tours, and public programs. Admission is free on Wednesdays.
Henry Moore's handsome Reclining Mother and Child greets visitors at the entrance of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Most of the garden's 60-some sculptures, representing some of the biggest names in modern art, were donated by avid local collector Sydney Besthoff. Meandering trails and bridges over bayou lagoons carry visitors through a fascinating combination of famed traditional sculpture and contemporary works, including major pieces by Jacques Lipchitz, Barbara Hepworth, and Joel Shapiro. The garden is open daily from 10 until 4:45; admission is free.
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