New Orleans is home to numerous museums that are great for families, many of which are participating in Museum Month this August. Museum Month is a program where one museum membership gets you access to every participating museum for the entire month. If you get a membership to the Children’s Museum, you’ll be able to visit the National WWII Museum, the Jazz Museum, and more than a dozen others, many of which are great for children. See the participating museums below to plan a fun-filled itinerary this August.
Also located in the lush greenspace of City Park, the Louisiana Children’s Museum is a treat for children of all ages. Kids will love learning about the Mighty Mississippi through the river exhibit and exploring the great outdoors on the museum grounds. Book your tickets online in advance. You can also grab lunch at Acorn Cafe, the super kid-friendly restaurant located on-site.
Frequently honored as a top museum in the country, the National WWII Museum is a must on any traveler’s list. Telling the story of the American experience during the war, the museum is home to both special and traveling exhibits, a variety of events, and a 4D theater experience. A history lesson for children, the interactive elements make learning fun. The expansive campus includes a hotel and multiple restaurants.
Children will delight in the potions and legends of the Pharmacy Museum. Housed in the apothecary of America’s first licensed pharmacist, the museum’s collection documents and illustrates the history of medicine during the 19th century. It’s one of the most interesting and unique museums New Orleans offers.
Located in historically Black Tremé, the New Orleans African American Museum is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting the history, art, contributions, and culture of African Americans in New Orleans and the African diaspora. The museum features exhibits from Black artists and showcases Black-owned businesses at a monthly market.
A favorite of adults and children alike, the museum offers dynamic interactive exhibits, multigenerational educational programming, research facilities, and engaging musical performances in the city where jazz was born.
The New Orleans Museum of Art is home to more than 40,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of art, including photography, glass, and Japanese and African works. Older children will enjoy browsing the art and viewing the special exhibits. Next door to the museum is the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, a free garden with dozens of unique sculptures.
JAMNOLA offers an immersive experience in Crescent City culture through joy, art, and music. Experience the 5,400-square-foot experiential pop-up that engages audiences of all ages in a topsy-turvy journey celebrating the art, music and culture of New Orleans. With 17 exhibits carefully curated by a team of over 30 artists, JAMNOLA is the perfect place for history buffs, art lovers, children, and photo shoots.
The Louisiana State Museum (also known as The Presbytere) was designed to match the Cabildo in 1791 and has since served as a reminder of Louisiana’s rich history and character. The museum was converted from commercial use as the residence of the Capuchin monks in 1834, when it became a courthouse. Following this change, in 1911, the Presbytere became a museum. With two permanent exhibits, Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana, and The Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond, the Presbytere showcases the history of resilience and celebration in the state.
The Tate Etienne Prevost (TEP) Center, located in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, is a renovated mixed-use facility housed in the historic McDonogh 19 Elementary School. It was purchased in 2020 by the Leona Tate Foundation for Change, Inc. and Alembix. The center promotes anti-racism and includes education, exhibition space, affordable housing for seniors, and hosts Undoing Racism workshops. Other experiences offered include TEP Talks (recounting untold stories from the Civil Rights Movement), Ringing the Bell workshops for educators, and TEP tours of the property.
See the full list of participating museums here.