What are the best museums in New Orleans?

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Karen Dalton Beninato
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The Ogden Museum of Southern Art houses the most complete array of Southern art in the world. The Ogden celebrates Southern culture, from Mardi Gras Indian costumes to Ogden After Hours, which features musicians performing and discussing their work for a very engaged membership.

Tucked away on Royal Street in the former home of French Quarter preservationist General L. Kemper Williams, the Historic New Orleans Collection contains documentation of the early life of New Orleans, both literary and historic. A series of concerts in the courtyard is a popular stop for locals.

The National World War II Museum has evolved into a Pacific pavilion, a 4-D movie experience, Stage Door Canteen and a John Besh restaurant with further expansions underway. On any given day, you'll run into many World War II veterans touring the museum and have the chance to thank them for their service.

The New Orleans Museum of Art presides over City Park as its culturally significant landmark. Exhibits range from pre-Columbian works to modern art. Of special note is the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden to the rear of the museum. It's an impeccably curated collection of over 60 sculptures, from Pierre Auguste Renoir to modern masters.

The Cabildo in Jackson Square is not only a museum curated by the State of Louisiana, but is also living history as the location where the Louisiana Purchase was signed and the former seat of government in New Orleans.

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