With so much to do in New Orleans, many forget that the city’s art scene is just as vibrant as the food and music. Check out the highlighted exhibits below and search our calendar to find even more art in New Orleans. 

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Queen Nefertari’s Egpyt - New Orleans Museum of Art

Queen Nefertari’s Egypt

Dates: March 18-July 17 

This spring at the New Orleans Museum of Art, journey into ancient Egypt by way of Queen Nefertari. Queen Nefertari, the royal wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II (reigned 1279–13 BCE), is linked to some of the most magnificent monuments of ancient Egypt. Now, artifacts found within her tomb are on display here in New Orleans for a limited time only. Learn more and purchase your tickets in advance here.  

Backstage at "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Dates: April 5-July 3

Seventy-five years ago this year, Tennessee Williams's “A Streetcar Named Desire” premiered on Broadway. It hasn’t really left the stage ever since. Backstage at "Streetcar" combines selections from The Historic New Orleans Collection’s wide-ranging Tennessee Williams holdings—many of them seldom displayed—with loans from the Harry Ransom Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the New York Public Library, and Wesleyan University. Visitors can read director Elia Kazan's stage notes, listen to a rare recording of the original Broadway production, and more. Learn more here and plan to visit The Historic New Orleans Collection to view this exhibit.


Dates: March 12-June 19

From the Contemporary Arts Center comes #fail, a multi-media group exhibition that brings together works by 25 artists exposing the systemic failures facing our world. Sculptures, video, photographs, paintings, and site-specific installations are all a part of this exhibit. This program is part of Inter[SECTOR], the CAC’s three-year multidisciplinary arts programming centering cross-sector engagements with the fields of carceral justice, healthcare, and the environment, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


A Summer's Prayer

Dates: June 11-September 18

A new exhibit just in time for the summer season, A Summer’s Prayer examines photographs from Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s permanent collection that address themes reflected within the summer season – leisure, travel, memory, and place. From architecture to portraits, enjoy this breathtaking exhibit until September 18 at the Ogden.

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