Historically August is a slow month for tourists in New Orleans. Our unique combination of heat and humidity are apparently a bit too much for out-of-towners. Having fewer tourists, however, means that it’s the perfect time for locals to visit. To make that even easier, New Orleans Museums banded together and created Museum Month. So in August, membership at ONE of the participating museums gets you free access to all of them. This is a great chance to get that zoo membership you keep thinking about, or become a member at one of the cheaper ones and see how many places you visit in the month of August! If you do end up participating in Museum Month, be sure to use the hashtag #NOLAMuseumMonth on social media!
Here are this year’s participants:
Ashé Cultural Arts Center.
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard | New Orleans, LA, 70113
Open 10AM-6PM Monday-Saturday. Closed Sundays.
The Center provides provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships that amplify creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent.
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
423 Canal Street | New Orleans, LA 70130
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-6PM (last entrance at 5PM).
North America’s largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. Voted “A top museum for you and your kids” by CNN.com, 2009.
Beauregard Keyes House.
1113 Chartres Street | New Orleans, LA 70116
Open Monday-Saturday from 10AM-3PM. Closed Sundays.
The Beauregard-Keyes House, built in 1826 is named for two of its former residents, Confederate General P.G.T Beauregard & author Frances Parkinson Keyes. For over sixty years, the Mission of the Keyes Foundation has remained Education, Preservation, and Literature.
Confederate Memorial Hall Museum
929 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Open Tuesday through Saturday 10AM-4PM.
Confederate Memorial Hall is a museum located in New Orleans, Louisiana containing historical artifacts related to the Confederate States of America and the American Civil War. It is historically also known as “Memorial Hall”. It houses the second largest collection of Confederate Civil War items in the world. The museum is also known as Louisiana’s Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall.
Contemporary Arts Center
929 Camp St | New Orleans, LA 70130
Open Wednesday through Monday 11AM-5PM.
The CAC is a multidisciplinary arts center, financially stable and professionally managed, that is dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time.
1132 Royal Street | New Orleans, LA 7116
Open Thursday-Tuesday 10AM-4PM.
Gallier House, built in 1857 by famous architect James Gallier, Jr. is a Victorian townhouse with modern innovations and stunning decor. Step into 19th century daily life on a guided tour.
820 St. Louis Street | New Orleans, LA 70112
Open Thursday through Tuesday 10AM-4PM
Built in 1831, Hermann Grima House is a beautiful example of Federal style and Creole architecture. Guided tours offer a glimpse into 19th century daily life.
Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal Street | New Orleans, LA 70130
Open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30AM. to 4:30PM, and on Sundays 10:30AM. to 4:30PM.
The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South.
Longue View House and Gardens
7 Bamboo Road | New Orleans, LA 70124
Open Monday through Saturday 10AM-5PM; Sundays 1-5PM.
Longue Vue House and Gardens is a multifaceted historic estate featuring a world-class house museum and eight acres of stunning gardens that include an unparalleled collection of Louisiana irises in New Orleans and an interactive Discovery Garden for children of all ages.
The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street | New Orleans, LA 70130
Open daily 9AM-5PM
Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, The National WWII Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories, taking visitors inside the story of the war that changed the world. Beyond the galleries, the Museum’s online collections, virtual field trips, webinars, educational travel programs, and renowned International Conference on World War II offer patrons new ways to connect to history and honor the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom.
New Canal Lighthouse
8001 Lakeshore Drive | New Orleans, LA 70124
Open Monday through Saturday 10AM-4PM.
This famous NOLA landmark, first built in 1839, was rebuilt by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and is the fourth lighthouse on the site. Take a guided tour of the museum, visit the gift shop and hear about the history of a light, a lake and a coast
New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Avenue | New Orleans, LA 70116
Open Tuesday through Sunday 10AM-4:30PM.
The New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates jazz in the city where it was born.
Through dynamic interactive exhibits, multigenerational educational programming, research facilities and engaging musical performances, the music New Orleans made famous is explored in all its forms. Through partnerships with local, national and international educational institutions, the New Orleans Jazz Museum promotes the global understanding of jazz as one of the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art forms in world history.
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle | New Orleans, LA 70124
Open Tuesday through Thursday 10AM-6PM. Fridays 10AM-9PM. Saturdays and Sundays 11AM-5PM.
Founded in 1910, the New Orleans Museum of Art is the city’s oldest fine arts institution and has a permanent collection of nearly 40,000 objects.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
514 Chartres St | New Orleans, LA 70130
Open Tuesday through Saturday 10AM-4PM.
The Pharmacy Museum is housed in the site of the apothecary of America’s first licensed pharmacist, Louis J. Dufilho, Jr.
Newcomb Art Museum
Woldenberg Art Center, Newcomb Circle | New Orleans, LA 70118
Tuesday through Friday 10AM – 5PM, Saturday 11AM–4PM
The museum is also closed between exhibitions and on major holidays. Please call 504.865.5328 for specific dates and closings.
Presenting exhibitions that foster the creative exchange of ideas and cross-disciplinary collaborations around innovative art and design.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street | New Orleans, LA 70130
Friday through Wednesday 10AM-5PM. Open til 8PM Thursdays.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world. It is also the home to the Center of Southern Craft and Design.
Old Ursuline Convent Museum
1110 Charters Street | New Orleans, LA 70116
The Old Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley. Completed in 1752, it is also the oldest surviving example of the French colonial period in the United States. Often referred to as the Archbishop Antoine Blanc Memorial Complex, the Old Ursuline Convent also houses the Archdiocesan archives.
Southern Food and Beverage Museum
1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard | New Orleans, LA 70113
Open Monday through Saturday 10AM-6PM; Sunday Noon-5PM
Dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink, and culture of the world through the eyes of the South
This is just one of the many posts we have about having fun with your kids this summer. For more ideas on inexpensive fun, please see our guide to cheap summer fun or join our 75 Days of Summer group on Facebook.