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Art and nature in harmony

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NOMA is committed to the health and safety of our community. The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is now open five days a week. Please see safety guidelines below.

ADMISSION

Museum Members are free (JOIN NOW)
Adults: $5
Seniors, military, university students: $3
Visitors 19 years and under are free
Healthcare workers and first responders are free through March 3, 2021
 
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HOURS

Wednesday through Sunday (Closed Monday and Tuesday)
Seniors and immuno-compromised only: 9:30 – 10:30 am
General public: 10:30 am – 5 pm
NOMA Members may visit for free at any time

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchairs may be used throughout our barrier-free property and are available upon request.

Image: Elyn Zimmerman’s Mississippi Meanders bridge is illuminated at dusk.

GUIDELINES

    • No social gathering will be permitted. Please visit by yourself or with those from your household.
    • If you are not feeling well, especially if you have a fever, please stay home and return to visit the garden at a later date.
    • Visitors to the garden will remain at 25-percent capacity.
    • The Pavilion in the garden will remain closed for the time being.
    • Gallery attendants will be on site to monitor social distancing and foot traffic flow.
    • All visitors will enter and exit through the main entrance of the garden (by the Dueling Oaks). Markings on the ground at the entrance will ensure visitors stand 6 feet apart, should a line need to form.
    • Markings around sculptures will ensure a distance of six feet is maintained.
    • We ask that visitors wear face masks as per CDC, state, and city guidelines. Face masks will be available for purchase upon entry.
    • Entrances and the central bridge will have sanitizing stations for visitors.
    • Garden facilities, including restrooms, will undergo enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the day.
    • Standard rules of conduct in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden may be found here.

More than 90 works in a picturesque landscape

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Indiana, Robert

LOVE (red outside violet inside)

1966-1997

Shonibare, Yinka

Wind Sculpture V

2013

von Rydingsvard, Ursula

Dumna

2015

Zimmerman, Elyn

Portal Lethe

1992

Houseago, Thomas

Striding Figure (Rome I)

2013

Scully, Sean

Colored Stacked Frames

2017

Bell, Larry

Pacific Red (VI)

2016-2017

Gehry, Frank

Bear with Us

2014

Pepper, Beverly

Split Ritual II

1996

Zimmerman, Elyn

Mississippi Meanders

2019

Venet, Bernar

11 Acute Unequal Angles

2016

van Bruggen, Coosje and Oldenburg, Claes

Corridor Pin, Blue

1999

Saint-Gaudens, Augustus

Diana

1886, cast 1985

Stella, Frank

Alu Truss Star

2016

Thomas, Hank Willis

History of the Conquest

2017

Flack, Audrey

Civitas

1988

Moore, Henry

Reclining Mother and Child

modeled 1975, cast 1977

Background

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden occupies approximately eleven acres in City Park adjacent to the museum. Atypical of most sculpture gardens, this garden is located within a mature existing landscape of pines, magnolias, and live oaks surrounding two lagoons. The garden design creates outdoor viewing spaces within this picturesque landscape. Originally conceived in 2003, the Sculpture Garden doubled in size in 2019 and has grown to include more than 90 sculptures. READ MORE

THE BESTHOFFS

Sydney and Walda Besthoff are the namesake visionary founders behind a world-renowned sculpture garden for New Orleans.
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THE DESIGN TEAM

Architects, landscape architects, lighting designers, and arborists were among the contractors who made it all possible.
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DOWNLOAD A MAP

Stroll along meandering walking paths and identify all 97 works of art.
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VIRTUAL VISIT

See highlights of the Sculpture Garden in a virtual tour produced in partnership with the Google Arts & Culture Initiative.
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SUPPORT THE EXPANSION

You can play a role in the historic expansion of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden by making a gift to support the project.
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WATCH A VIDEO

Relive the excitement of the grand opening of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion in May 2019.
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Object Lesson:

Pablo Casals’s Obelisk, 1983
Arman (1925–2005)

Bronze

Pablo Casals’s Obelisk, a towering accumulation of welded bronze cellos, dominates the waters of a lagoon in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Standing over twenty feet tall, the Obelisk, built in homage to the world-renowned Spanish-Puerto Rican cellist and human rights activist Pablo Casals, is an imposing example of monumental sculpture by French-born artist Arman.

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Purchase a book.

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art offers detailed entries on 64 artworks in the original 2003 garden, as well as a bibliography and overview of the garden’s founding. 192 pages, hardcover. Edited by Miranda Lash. $49.95

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