What are the best free museums in New Orleans?

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Karen Dalton Beninato

The Historic New Orleans Collection at 533 Royal Street is one of the best collections of New Orleans historical lore open to the public, and gallery exhibits are free at all times. “Pipe Dreams: Louisiana under the French Company of the Indies, 1717–1731,” exhibit is on display through September 15, 2013.

Check out the Bestoff Sculpture Garden in Mid-City's City Park, located behind the New Orleans Museum of Art, free of charge. It's a perfect afternoon stroll with sculptures from widely diverse regions and eras represented in the collection.

Attendence at the New Orleans Museum of Art is free on Wednesdays; and enjoy the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at no charge on Thursdays, as well as the Contemporary Art Center which is also in the Central Business District. Plan ahead and you can fill a week in New Orleans with art exhibits that won't lighten your wallet.

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