Garden Guidelines

Sculpture Garden Guidelines

The Besthoff Sculpture Garden is the outdoor gallery of NOMA. Our sculptures and plantings are very important. Museum behavior applies.


  • Do not touch, climb, sit, or lean on the sculptures
  • Stay on the paved walkways and grassy lawns
  • Refrain from disturbing plants or wildlife
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • No sunbathing; proper attire, including shirts and shoes, is required at all times
  • Do not bring your pets (although service animals are welcome)

In consideration of others:

  • The sculpture garden is a smoke-free environment
  • Sporting activities are not permitted
  • The public is not allowed to change clothes in the restrooms
  • No picnicking allowed
  • No bicycles, skateboards or roller blades; bike racks are provided near the gates for your convenience

Permits and fees are required for professional photo shoots. Please contact Dawn Blankenship, Private Events Manager at (504) 658.4139 or for more details.

Garden Features
  • 63 sculptures
  • 3,236 linear feet of pathways
  • Three pedestrian bridges crossing City Park Lagoon
  • 687 square-foot Cascade Garden Pool
  • Seating areas and terraces with views across the lagoon and through the Garden
  • Site lighting, including specialty lighting for sculptures
  • Ornamental plantings include white and purple blooming lily of the Nile and two varieties of ginger and crinum
  • Holy fern and Asian jasmine ground cover
  • Palmetto St. Augustine sod for all lawn areas
  • A variety of vines at the perimeter fence including evergreen wisteria, yellow jasmine evergreen clematis, star jasmine and rose of Montana
  • A variety of aquatic plantings at the lagoon edge primarily consisting of purple and yellow blooming varieties of Louisiana iris, yellow flag iris, spider lily, butterfly iris and horsetails