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 travelling 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, which have included “Queen Nefertari’s Egypt” and the fashion exhibit “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes” in years past. Next door to the museum is the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, a free garden with dozens of unique sculptures.
See the full list of participating museums here.