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ADMISSION

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

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HOURS

Open seven days a week
Summer Hours (April–September) 10 am–6 pm  | Winter Hours (October–March) 10 am–5 pm

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.

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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NOMA is proud to partner with @visual_aids for Day With(out) Art 2022 by presenting BEING & BELONGING, a program of seven new videos centering the emotional reality of living with HIV today.

The program features new work by Clifford Prince King, Jaewon Kim, Mikiki, Davina “Dee” Conner & Karin Hayes, Camila Arce, Jhoel Zempoalteca & La Jerry, and Camilo Acosta Huntertexas & Santiago Lemus.

A day of mourning and action that uses art to respond to the ongoing HIV and AIDS crisis, Day With(out) Art encourages museums, universities, museums, and art institutions to present related programming on or around December 1, World AIDS Day. AIDS is not over!

The seven short videos will screen on a loop all day today, December 1, in NOMA’s Lapis Center for the Arts. Admission to this program is free for all.

#daywithoutart @visual_aids @cliffordprinceking @etc.1 @mkkultra @pozitivelydee @karin_hayes @sidiosa @jhoelze @__lajerry @huntertexasvideo @santiagolemuss
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Jeremy Phipps of @peoplemuseumband talks about when his brother introduced him to @paramore and how he blends New Orleans musical traditions with other styles. 🎷

Don’t miss a special performance by People Museum underneath Louise Bourgeois’s monumental “Spider” in NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden this Sunday, December 4.

🎟️ Tickets on sale now at noma.org/peoplemuseum
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We’re thankful for everyone who’s visited NOMA this year. 🍂

The museum and Besthoff Sculpture Garden are closed today, Thursday, November 24, and will reopen tomorrow.

We are open 10 am–5 pm this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for all of your long weekend museum needs.

🎨: Sean Scully, “Colored Stacked Frames,” 2017. Stainless steel with automotive paint. Museum purchase with funds provided by Sydney and Walda Besthoff.
📷: @thecarie
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From 1948 to 1986, Reverend Henry Clay Anderson and his wife Sadie Lee operated Anderson Photo Service, an important community hub and business in Greenville, Mississippi.⁠

“Rev. Henry Clay Anderson’s portrait of the young woman displays her fragility and softness. I imagine her sitting proudly in the photo studio that day because her dress was her Sunday’s Best that her mother laid out for her that morning. Her hair had just been pressed and curled the night before and she was excited to show it off for her very first portraiture session. The photo reminds me of a portrait that an elder would show me to reference how they looked in their younger days. A photo like this is a reflection of who we are, who we will be, and our ancestors abroad. A photo has always been a way to freeze time, and capture the essence of a moment that can never be duplicated. I imagine that today, a replica of this photo sits in the home of a great-granddaughter or relative of the subject in remembrance of them.” —Delaney George, photographer and exhibition advisory group member for "Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers"⁠

👉 Learn more about Anderson's studio and work in "Called to the Camera," on view at NOMA through January 8.⁠

#CalledToTheCamera⁠
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Rev. Henry Clay Anderson (American, 1911-1998, Active in Greenville, MS), "A hand-tinted portrait of a young woman," 1950s. Gelatin silver print, hand-tinted. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles Schwartz and Shawn Wilson, 2012.137.2.3.
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Free Screening 🎬

Today, Sunday, November 20, at 2 pm, join us as we watch the acclaimed documentary “City of a Million Dreams” and discuss the importance and influence of New Orleans’s second lines and jazz funerals with the filmmakers.

Filmed over twenty-two years, “City of a Million Dreams” is based on the book by the same name by Jason Berry.

🎟️ Free with museum admission. Click the link in our bio to learn more.
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