With dozens of museums, attractions and sights to see, you’ll never grow bored in New Orleans. But it’s often those who travel off the beaten path that discover our hidden gems. Go behind-the-scenes of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition, explore the sounds of an unlikely music venue or travel back in time to learn about apothecaries from centuries past. Take the road less traveled and visit these off the beaten path museums and attractions in New Orleans.
*Editor’s Note: Please remember to wear a mask when visiting the places below. Check with each attraction beforehand to see if a timed entry ticket is required for your visit.
Studio BE is the brainchild of artist Brandan “B-mike” Odums. The visual art housed in this 35,000 sq. ft. warehouse depicts the stories of revolutionaries, heroes and everyday New Orleanians. Visit Studio BE to see their latest exhibit, “Radical Freedom Dream,” which was inspired by youth in response to the nation’s civil unrest.
Among the most innovative and one-of-a-kind experiences in New Orleans lies the Music Box Village. The space serves as both a stage for musicians and an instrument within itself. The whimsical nature of the Village is reflected in its design, where visitors can test different sounds or sit back and enjoy a performance from local artists.
The Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum promotes community through remembering the past, sharing stories of the present and planning for the future. Visit to explore the neighborhood’s history, which includes its past as a colony for escaped slaves and its devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This small but mighty museum is well worth everyone’s time when exploring New Orleans.
Located on the beautiful New Orleans Lakefront, the New Canal Lighthouse sits at the edge of Lake Pontchartrain offering a sweeping view of the Northshore. Dating back to the 1830s, the lighthouse has since been restored to tell the story of the city’s coastal waters. Take a tour of the museum, then relax and watch the sun set on a perfect day in New Orleans.
Situated next door to the Broad Theater, the Broadside is a new outdoor film experience in New Orleans. And that’s not all – this open-air venue will be home to music, Muppets, magic and more. The 100-seat theater features chairs socially distanced and a fully stocked bar, with hot dogs and popcorn. Check the calendar for the latest on what’s playing.
The latest attraction to hit the streets of New Orleans is Stumpy’s, a hatchet-throwing venue in the Central Business District of downtown. Try your hand at 10 axe-throwing pits and experience why the hatchet-throwing craze has taken off across the nation. Stumpy’s opens on November 6.
Stepping into the Backstreet Cultural Museum takes you straight to the heart and soul of New Orleans. Flanked with hand-sewn Mardi Gras Indian costumes of every color, the museum was the dream of Sylvester “Hawk” Francis, who recently passed away. The museum chronicles the history of Black New Orleanians in life and death, from the great Mardi Gras Indian tradition to social aid & pleasure clubs to the tradition of a jazz funeral. Located in the historically Black Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, Backstreet is off the beaten path but well worth the visit.
The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is an inside look at early medicine and voodoo potions circa-1800s. This two-story French Quarter museum showcases apothecary bottles (some with their original ingredients) and puts you in the mindset of what it was like to be America’s first licensed pharmacist.
Ever wanted to soar high across the sky in beautiful City Park? With the high ropes at LOOP Nola, you’ll hone your problem solving and teamwork skills while navigating a challenging course. Those who would prefer to stay on the ground can rent a canoe through LOOP Nola for a peaceful kayak through the hidden lagoons of City Park. The ropes course can be booked by group, and individuals can plan a visit on General Public Days.