Things to do in NOLA with kids – New Orleans Museum of Art

I think I am going to make this a theme since I know a bit about the subject and in a city like New Orleans people think there isn’t a lot to do with kids which really isn’t true you just have to look. Also, as a stay at home Mom it is easy to become frustrated by things and become cooped up in the house. I encourage you to get out and do something around town with the kids.
Yesterday the baby and I went to the New Orleans Museum of Art. It was the first time we had ever been and I was very impressed. They have two new exhibitions. Renaissance engravings and woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer that are simply amazing the imagine cutting that much detail onto a piece of wood sees painstaking but the pay off is well worth the work. Baby was actually not that impressed with this exhibit as it is not very colorful but as we walked through the archway, we ran into the other new exhibit, Windows of Heaven a brilliant collection of Russian Ikons. Baby loved this collection, it is comprised of colorful and extremely ornate religious art. Many of the painters were monks and you can feel the devotion to the work and the beliefs they represent when you look at these paintings. Weirdly enough baby seemed to feel it to, he was quiet and stared at each painting without ever trying to touch.

We continued on to the permanent collection of the museum. We both particularly liked the Louisiana Contemporary Art section, there is a piece made with glass and light an ode to hurricane Katrina that is worth going all on it’s own. It shimmers in the light, you can watch it forever.
We are definitely going to go back sometimes soon, he liked it so much and I would love to get a second look at some of the areas. Also, we did not get to go through the Sculpture Garden as it started to rain as we left. The museum is free to Louisiana residents and $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children without a Louisiana ID. The sculpture Garden is free. Both the museum and the garden are open Wednesday through Sunday 10am to 4:30pm

1 Comment so far

  1. Craig (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 10:38 am

    TBK and I were there a couple of weeks ago and it was indeed delightful. But we didn’t get a chance to ride the train around City Park. Looks like that’s another reason to go back.

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