Fodor's Expert Review Edgar Degas House Museum, Courtyard, and Inn

Bayou St. John Historic Home

The Impressionist Edgar Degas, whose Creole mother and grandmother were born in New Orleans, stayed with his cousins in this house during an 1872 visit to New Orleans, producing 18 paintings and four drawings while here. "This is a new style of painting," Degas wrote in one of the five known letters he sent from New Orleans, explaining that the breakthrough he experienced here led to "better art." Today, this house museum and bed-and-breakfast offers public tours, given by Degas's great-grandnieces, which include the screening of an award-winning film on Degas's family and their sojourn in New Orleans, plus a walk through the historic neighborhood focusing on details from the artist's letters. In 2019, the site was designated as a French monument by the French ambassador to the United States. 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.

Historic Home

Quick Facts

2306 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana  70119, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $29 for guided tour, Tours at 10:30 and 1:30 (reservation required)

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