The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden occupies approximately five 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. The garden design creates outdoor viewing spaces within this picturesque landscape. A reconfigured lagoon bisects the site and creates two distinct halves: a mature pine and magnolia grove adjacent to the museum, and a more open area of 200-year-old, Spanish moss-laden live oaks across the lagoon near the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. The Sculpture Garden has grown from its inception in 2003 to include 64 sculptures, most of them donated to NOMA by the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation.
The public is invited to visit NOMA’s the expansion of the Sculpture Garden, opening on Wednesday, May 15, from 11 am to 6 pm.
The six-acre addition features 26 new works by artists working primarily in the 21st century. Artists featured in the expansion include Larry Bell, Tony Cragg, Johan Creten, Katharina Fritsch, Frank Gehry, Jeppe Hein, Georg Herold, Thomas Houseago, Shirazeh Houshiary, Baltasar Lobo, Robert Longo, Gerold Miller, Beverly Pepper, Pedro Reyes, George Rickey, Ursula van Rydingsvard, Sean Scully, Yinka Shonibare, Frank Stella, Hank Willis Thomas, Bernar Venet, and Fred Wilson. A work by Ugo Rondinone will be installed in the garden in late 2019. Two new works have been commissioned for the site: a 60-foot-long mosaic wall by artist Teresita Fernández, and a glass bridge by Elyn Zimmerman. Events associated with the grand opening will be posted in advance of May 15.
The Besthoff Sculpture Garden will close at 3:30 pm on May 14 for a private event.
The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is home to over 60 sculptures by renowned artists from around the world.
Sculpture Garden Hours
The Sculpture Garden is open 7 days a week with free admission.
Summer Hours | April 1 – September 30 | 10 am – 6 pm
Winter Hours | October 1 – March 31 | 10 am – 5 pm
Closed Endymion Saturday, Lundi Gras, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The garden will close at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, May 14, for a private event.
NOMA offers a free mobile guide and audio tour of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, accessible through your own cell phones. To access the web-based tour please visit our Mobile Guide.
Learn More about the Garden
For more information on the sculptures and history of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, please see these two fully illustrated publications, both of which are available for purchase in the NOMA Museum Shop:
The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art offers detailed entries on 64 artworks in the garden, as well as a bibliography and overview of the garden’s history. 192 pages, hardcover. Edited by Miranda Lash.
The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art: Artspaces offers an overview of the garden’s history and themes. 64 pages, softcover. By Miranda Lash.