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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  • The lovely, peaceful gardens frame delightful works of art. Amuse, confuse, tease and intrigue - the range of sculptures will broaden your perspectives and open your heart. My favorite - the shiny 'st...  more »
  • No matter what your taste in art - classical, modern, whimsical - you will find something to appreciate in this extensive sculpture garden. I especially liked the ladder and window. The facility is we...  more »
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  • I took my wife here during a two-night trip to New Orleans. We walked an hour from our downtown hotel to get here and she was getting pretty grumpy about that but when we got to the sculpture garden she was immediately in a good mood. Thank you, sculpture garden! This is a free, outdoor museum with lots of excellent sculptures, spaced nicely in an idyllic and peaceful setting. Lots of different styles of sculpture by a diverse group of international artists. Most impressive was a piece by a Korean sculptor, which I won't spoil for you. Just go and check it out. There's an art museum next door, by the way. (New Orleans Museum of Art, which happened to be closed because it was Monday.) The sculpture garden is open 7 days, 10-5. There are rest rooms for men and women at the right side of the entrance.
  • Great place to take a walk and enjoy nature and art at the same time.

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