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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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  • Wow! 5/5! I live near a sculpture garden but it doesn’t compare to the one at NOMA! If you have time and love art this is a must see, you will not be disappointed. So many works from famous sculptors....  more
    Wow! 5/5! I live near a sculpture garden but it doesn’t compare to the one at NOMA! If you have time and love art this is a must see, you will not be disappointed. So many works from famous sculptors....  more »
  • Amazing collection of modern sculptures. Pretty setting with bridges, streams in City Park. Highly recommend! 
    Amazing collection of modern sculptures. Pretty setting with bridges, streams in City Park. Highly recommend!  more »
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  • Absolutely one of the best sculpture gardens I’ve ever been to. So many great pieces of art to enjoy while you wander around the gardens. “Karma” was definitely my favorite one from the entire collection. It creates this sense of infinity and makes you think about the artist’s concept. Would definitely recommend coming here. And it’s entirely free. Just make sure to bring enough water, especially if you’re visiting during the hottest months.
  • Definitely worth a stop if you like sculpture art, beautiful scenery and a peaceful place away from the normal city hustle. Great way to stretch your legs along the paved smooth path. We had a much longer walk as the walkway connecting the 2 sides was flooded. Seating along the path when you need a break or just want to sit and ponder a sculpture. Pay what you want donation box at entrance. Signs next to each sculpture make it easy to research the artist or sculpture name further. If you are staying in the French quarter it's easy to get here via bus or street car.

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