The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, New Orleans

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Part of New Orleans' biggest and oldest museum of fine art, The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA contains works by sculptors from around the world donated by two notable arts patrons. Situated behind the museum's main building, the 2 hectare (5 acre) landscaped garden exhibits about 60 sculptures, scattered among the verdant vegetation that includes oaks, magnolias, pines, and camellias. Follow the walking trails to see works by Henry Moore, Fernando Botero, Antoine Bourdelle, and Gaston Lachaise. If you'd like a free audio tour for your mobile device, drop by the information window at the garden entrance. Learn about the history of the garden by picking up one of two illustrated publications available at the museum shop. Use our New Orleans road trip planning app to add The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA and other attractions to your New Orleans vacation plans.
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  • This is one of the best collections of outdoor sculpture I’ve seen anywhere, set in beautifully tranquil gardens. It has something for all tastes, from classical to modern; some serious and thought.....  more
    This is one of the best collections of outdoor sculpture I’ve seen anywhere, set in beautifully tranquil gardens. It has something for all tastes, from classical to modern; some serious and thought.....  more »
  • The garden is beautifully laid out. The huge oak trees with Spanish moss along with the sculptures and water made it a great place to walk. There are fish and turtles. A nice retreat from the... 
    The garden is beautifully laid out. The huge oak trees with Spanish moss along with the sculptures and water made it a great place to walk. There are fish and turtles. A nice retreat from the...  more »
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  • An oasis of calm a 25 minute tram ride from the French quarter. Wide open spaces, interesting sculpture. And restrooms. It's free. You can spend 1-2 hours in the sculpture park, depending on whether modern art/sculpture is your thing. Very enjoyable to spend a few hours in the shade strolling around.
  • I cannot believe this is free! In City Park, this was such a cool place to spend an hour or two. So many different types of sculptures, I never knew what to expect next (in a good way)! It was such a delight to go to, and I hope that you go too!

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