Christy's Guide to New Orleans

Art and Culture

New Orleans is a hyper visual town. Unique architecture, bright paint colors, beautiful patinas, iron work, majestic oaks, colorful flowers, feathers, glitter and costumes. Everywhere you look, there is something interesting and beautiful to see.

  • Stroll up and down Royal and Chartres Streets in the French Quarter and take in the antique stores and art galleries.

  • A Gallery For Fine Photography, 322 Royal Street, French Quarter. A must-see for photography lovers. Many rare and famous photographs on display. You might also like to visit Bassetti Fine Art Photographs, 233 Chartres Street for more contemporary photography.

  • Stroll along Julia Street between St. Charles Avenue and the River in the Warehouse/Arts District and visit one of the many contemporary and local artist galleries. Additional galleries can be found right off Julia on Camp and Magazine Street. (St Charles street car and Magazine Street bus stop: Julia Street).

  • Contemporary Art Center (CAC), 900 Camp Street, Warehouse District. (St Charles street stop: Lee Circle or St. Joseph Street).

  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp Street, Warehouse District. The Museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world. Showcasing art encompassing 15 Southern states and the District of Columbia, the museum celebrates the art, history and culture of the American South. (St Charles street stop: Lee Circle or St. Joseph Street).

  • New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), City Park, Mid-City. One of the South's premier museums, the permanent collection contains more than 40,000 objects and is noted for its strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, African and Japanese works, the Arts of the Americas collection and a collection of the work of Peter Carl Fabergé. There are also special exhibits, a sculpture garden, café and museum store. (Canal St. streetcar route 45 Canal/City Park)
  • The French Market, French Quarter. It used to be full of tacky tourist knick knacks. Now it has a lot of local artists.
  • Jackson Square, French Quarter. Surrounding the park, local artists hang their artwork on the fence for sale. They all have a special permit to do so.

The first Saturday of every month, almost every gallery has an opening. The first Saturday of August is White Linen Night and the first Saturday of October is Art for Art's Sake. These last two events are big street festivals on Julia Street with food and drink booths, live music and a big party at the CAC after. Admittedly, it's hard to actually see the art with all the people but it's good fun and people watching.

There are also galleries dotted all along Magazine Street.

For a great list of New Orleans Museums, art or other (history, Mardi Gras, music, etc.), with maps and links to their web sites, visit

Many local artist sell at markets and festivals:
Freret Market - An Art/Food/Flea market, noon - 5:00 pm first Saturday of the month. Free live music.
The Arts Market of New Orleans - Palmer Park (S. Carrollton Ave. at Claiborne Ave.) Last Saturday of the month, 10am - 4pm

The Gretna Art Walk is held on the 2nd Saturday during the months of September through May from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Huey P. Long Avenue in Historic Downtown Gretna.

Christy's Guide to New Orleans

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Updated: July 4, 2015