New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art was founded in 1910 by local businessman Isaac Delgado, and today, its encyclopedic collection includes nearly 40,000 works of art that represent human creativity across different time periods, cultures, and disciplines. The collection is particularly strong in French and American art, photography, glass, African, and Japanese works, and includes a notable group of works by French Impressionist Edgar Degas, who visited his relatives in New Orleans in the 1870s and painted just 20 blocks from the museum. The five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States, with over 65 works situated on a beautifully landscaped site with meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges. The collection includes works by master sculptors including Claes Oldenberg, Pierre-Auguste Rodin, Fernando Botero, Henry Moore, and Louise Bourgeois, as well as contemporary sculptors Anish Kapoor, Do-Ho Suh, Allison Saar, and Yinka Shonibare.