Frequently Asked Questions

Are the New Orleans Museum of Art and Besthoff Sculpture Garden open? What are the hours? How much does it cost?

The Besthoff Sculpture Garden is currently open, and the museum will open on July 8. Hours are listed below.

Sculpture Garden: Wednesday–Sunday, Reserved for seniors and immuno-compromised 9:30–10:30 am, General public 10:30 am–5 pm, NOMA members may visit at any time. 

Admission: Museum Members: free (Join now) | Adults: $5 | Seniors, military, university students: $3 | Visitors 19 years and under: free | Healthcare workers and first responders are free through December 31, 2020

Museum: Wednesday–Sunday, Reserved for seniors and immuno-compromised visitors: 10-11 am, General public 11 am–5 pm, NOMA Members may visit at any time.

Admission: Members are free (Join now) | $15.00 adults | $10.00 seniors (65+) & active military with ID | $8.00 university students with ID | Free admission for visitors age 19 and younger courtesy of the Helis Foundation | Healthcare workers and first responders are free through December 31, 2020

Museum tickets include admission to the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. 

The Sculpture Garden will be open 10 am–3 pm for Independence Day, Saturday, July 4th. The Museum and Besthoff Sculpture Garden will both be open 10 am–3 pm for Labor Day, Monday, September 7th. Please check the calendar for early closings and other information.

How do I purchase tickets?

NOMA has implemented online timed ticketing for visitors and members entering the museum, and we encourage contactless pay. Click here to purchase your tickets online. After purchasing your ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with a PDF e-ticket attached. Please give your name and show your e-ticket (printed or on your phone) at the Visitor Services desk upon arrival. If you are unable to get tickets online, we will have some tickets available on-site. 

Does NOMA have a check room?

Our check room will not be available at this time so plan accordingly. We ask that visitors keep bag sizes small. Please, no outside food or drinks.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

For the health and safety of all, you must wear a face covering while visiting the museum, per city, state and CDC guidelines. We ask that visitors also wear masks when visiting the sculpture garden. It is not recommended that a child under the age of two wear a mask. NOMA will have masks available for purchase at entry.  

Is NOMA operating at a reduced capacity?

Both the museum and Sculpture Garden will operate at 50% capacity. This is 350 people in the building at one time, and 1000 people in the garden at one time. We are also limiting the number of people in restrooms, permitting two people at a time. A parent or caretaker may enter the restroom with their children. 

Is Cafe NOMA open?

Cafe NOMA is closed for renovations at this time, with plans to reopen this Fall. 

Will the shop be open?

The Museum Shop will open on July 8th. Capacity will be limited to ten people at a time. 

Will water fountains be open? 

Water fountains will be closed temporarily. We will allow small personal water bottles in pockets or small bags, but please, for the safety of the collection, do not drink while in the galleries.  

Will NOMA be hosting tours, events and programming?

At this time, the Museum will not be hosting group gatherings. We do invite you to visit the Museum and tour our exhibitions on your own, using our mobile guide (link to instructions). We will continue to provide online opportunities through our website. 

What other measures are being implemented to maintain a safe environment for staff and visitors?

  • NOMA is maintaining a rigorous cleaning schedule, frequently sanitizing high touch areas like door handles. 
  • NOMA staff have access to masks and gloves. 
  • Plexiglass shields have been installed at the visitors services desk, museum store, and at the sculpture garden.  
  • Hand sanitation stations have been installed for staff and visitors.
  • Signage throughout the Museum has been installed to communicate protocol and remind visitors to remain socially distant. 
  • All staff in the building submits to a daily symptom screener.

The health and safety of our visitors and staff are our highest priorities. NOMA has implemented several preventative measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Despite these measures, there is some risk of contracting Covid-19 in all public spaces. By visiting the New Orleans Museum of Art, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.