Long-standing arts center
Originally the Delgado Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, or NOMA, has been part of City Park since 1911. Situated on high ground, it was fortunately spared from much of the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina and can continue its reign as one of the oldest fine arts museums in the city.
NOMA’s specialty would seem to be its lack of specialty. Its collection includes many great painters from all over the world, such as Monet, Picasso, Pollack, and O’Keefe. But it also collections of photography, ceramics, even 18th and 19th century furniture. Native American art, Chinese and Japanese works, folk art from the South Pacific and Africa are all represented. A sculpture garden sits behind the main building and a small theater onsite hosts film screenings. It is as diverse as an art museum can get.
Like any museum – or at least like any good museum – NOMA hosts rotating special exhibitions to augment its permanent collection. Some past highlights have included focuses on Edgar Degas, Alexander the Great, women of the 18th century, the Louisiana Purchase, King Tut, and Hurricane Katrina.