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

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • We loved the Museum of Art but we really loved the sculpture garden. What a treat! Very impressively laid out among huge old trees and lovely landscaping. Each piece was perfectly situated. Easy...  more »
  • The only thing that we can say is – wow! We very much enjoyed the sculptures on display in this garden, but we were most impressed with the natural beauty surrounding this place. We enjoyed the...  more »
  • Lovely garden with a mix of contemporary and progressive sculptures. Very peaceful for a stroll and appreciate. As someone who is disabled, it was wonderful to find they have benches to rest. I would have liked to have been able to get close to the sculptures. For preservation you're limited to the paths and asked not to step on the grass. I'm glad they're dedicated to the preservation, but I think it's very unfortunate for anyone who is visually impaired.
  • Wonderful, extensive collection of sculpture in a lovely garden setting. Even on a hot August day this is a tolerable stroll with shady spots. Definitely worth a visit, it took nearly an hour to wander around the whole park. Its free! Thank you NOLA!

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