Summer discounts. Free admission for Louisiana residents. Discounted tickets on Mondays. These are just some of the deals you can score when visiting a New Orleans museum or attraction. While there are many free things to do in New Orleans that don’t require admission, the places that do can be experienced without paying full price. We’ve rounded up the deals for you below.
When visiting a New Orleans attraction, be sure to book your tickets online or over the phone and remember, as always, to mask up.
Attractions with Discounted Admission
Go behind the scenes of the greatest free party on Earth and see what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life in New Orleans. Take a tour and learn the history of Mardi Gras, as well as how the floats are built, designed and decorated at this family-friendly attraction.
Admission price: Summer discount rate: $15 per ticket
The newest attraction that New Orleans has to offer is JAMNOLA, a permanent pop-up celebrating the music, art and culture of New Orleans brought to life by 20+ local artists. Exhibits include films on Mardi Gras traditions, murals representing the faces of New Orleans, a life-size interactive crawfish boil pot, a wall of rotating second line umbrellas, a touch-free sensory sound exhibit and more. Each room provides a different unique photo opportunity, like taking a bite out of a larger-than-life po-boy mural or posing in front of digital headdresses.
Admission price: $29 for adults, $20 for children ages 3-12, $20 for students*, children 3-12 years old*, military*, seniors*, first responders* and health care providers*, free for children 2 and under. Louisiana residents save 15% with coupon NOLALOVE (*note: not eligible for Louisiana residents discount)
A must-visit for history buffs, The National WWII Museum has welcomed over 6 million visitors since its debut and continues to be a top tourist attraction in New Orleans. Weave your way through the halls of the museum, stopping to take in powerful imagery and artifacts.
Admission price: Louisiana residents receive half off admission during the month of September; rates are $14.25 for adults, $12.25 for seniors, $9 for military, college students and students from K-12 grade. Free for children under 5 and World War II veterans.
Attractions with Free Admission
Go behind the scenes of New Orleans' famed cocktail, the Sazerac, just a few yards from where it was birthed. Learn the history of the signature drink and how it's celebrated today at Sazerac House. Tours are always free but must be reserved online in advance.
NOMA is free to Louisiana residents on Wednesdays courtesy of the Helis Foundation.
Visit the Ogden Museum on Thursdays for a taste of Southern and local art. Free admission is provided to Louisiana residents courtesy of the Helis Foundation.
The CAC has free admission for Louisiana residents on Sundays courtesy of the Helis Foundation. The museum focuses on multi-disciplinary programming and rotating exhibits.
Courtesy of the Helis Foundation, Louisiana residents receive free admission to the Botanical Garden in City Park on Wednesdays.
Explore the history of New Orleans' historic Lower 9th Ward pre-, during, and post- Hurricane Katrina. Admission is always free.
Once a month, Longue Vue hosts Free Family Sundays for Louisiana residents. Visit on the first Sunday morning of the month to receive free admission to the gardens.
If you're looking to keep the kids entertained, look no further than the Louisiana Children's Museum. Currently, the museum is open only on the the second Saturday of each month. Receive free admission courtesy of The Helis Foundation.
If you can’t make it to one of the above museums on free admission day, or you’d like to explore other attractions (such as the Audubon Zoo or New Canal Lighthouse Museum), consider checking out a culture pass through the New Orleans Public Library system. All you’ll need is a library card and you can make your culture pass reservation online.