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Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

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    7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on all legal holidays.

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  • Admission: FREE

Set amid eleven glorious acres are priceless sculptures, all of which make up the magnificent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The Sculpture Garden is the latest cultural destination for visitors to New Orleans and provides a unique opportunity for visitors who treasure the arts.

The world-class collection of modern and contemporary sculpture is presented in an exquisite natural setting with delights at every turn. The project is a collaborative effort of the New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation.

As part of New Orleans tricentennial, NOMA expanded the garden six acres in 2018 and took over a year to complete. 26 new works from 21st century artists were included in the expansion. An outdoor amphitheater and stage were added, as well as pedestrian bridges and walkways, a new gallery and an outdoor learning environment-- perfect for festivals, social projects and classes. The new gallery offers exhibition space for indoor sculpture and other works.

Hundreds of trees, palmettos and shrubs were added to the site, aligning with the historical fabric of the landscape. Explore along the lagoon and enjoy inspiring artwork while getting some fresh air.

Visitors please note: dogs, bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards and picnicking are not allowed in the Sculpture Garden. You may touch the sculptures, but do not climb on them. The garden is free to access and open to the public seven days a week!

Located next to the Sculpture Garden is the magnificent New Orleans Museum of Art, set in the splendor of City Park, with 1,500 acres of walking paths, centuries old oak trees, a small amusement park, lagoons and Storyland.

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