The best museums in New Orleans in 2022

These are the top 20 best museums in New Orleans, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2022. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

For a complete overview of museums in New Orleans, their exhibitions and discount cards & passes, see our overview page with all museums in New Orleans.

These are the best museums in New Orleans:

  1. National WWII Museum1

    National WWII Museum

    New Orleans
    The National WWII Museum , formerly known as The National D-Day Museum , is a military history museum located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana , U.S., on Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp Street and Magazine Street . The museum focuses on the contribution made by the Unite
  2. Mardi Gras World2

    Mardi Gras World

    New Orleans
    Mardi Gras World (also known as Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, MGW) is a tourist attraction located in New Orleans. Guests tour the 300,000 square foot working warehouse where floats are made for Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. Mardi Gras World is located along the Mississippi River , next to th
  3. New Orleans Botanical Garden3

    New Orleans Botanical Garden

    New Orleans
    The New Orleans Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located in City Park , New Orleans, Louisiana . The first classical garden in New Orleans, it was funded by the Works Progress Administration .
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  5. New Orleans Museum of Art4

    New Orleans Museum of Art

    New Orleans
    The New Orleans Museum of Art (or NOMA ) is the oldest fine arts museum in the city of New Orleans . It is situated within City Park , a short distance from the intersection of Carrollton Avenue and Esplanade Avenue , and near the terminus of the "Canal Street - City Park" streetcar line . It was es
  6. The Cabildo5

    The Cabildo

    New Orleans
    The Cabildo was the seat of Spanish colonial city hall of New Orleans, Louisiana , and is now the Louisiana State Museum Cabildo. It is located along Jackson Square , adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral .
  7. Audubon Zoo6

    Audubon Zoo

    New Orleans
    Audubon Zoo is an American zoo located in New Orleans, Louisiana . It is part of the Audubon Nature Institute which also manages Audubon Aquarium of the Americas , Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoran Species Survival Center, Audubon Park, and Audubon Coastal Wildlife Network. It covers
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  9. Louis Armstrong Park7

    Louis Armstrong Park

    New Orleans
    Louis Armstrong Park is a 32-acre (130,000 m ) park located in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans , Louisiana , just across Rampart Street from the French Quarter . In the 1960s a controversial urban renewal project leveled a substantial portion of the Tremé neighborhood adjacent to Congo Square
  10. The New Orleans Jazz Museum - New Orleans Mint8

    The New Orleans Jazz Museum - New Orleans Mint

    New Orleans
    The New Orleans Mint ( French : Monnaie de La Nouvelle-Orléans ) operated in New Orleans , Louisiana , as a branch mint of the United States Mint from 1838 to 1861 and from 1879 to 1909. During its years of operation, it produced over 427 million gold and silver coins of nearly every American denomi
  11. The Presbytère9

    The Presbytère

    New Orleans
    The Presbytère is an architecturally important building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana . It stands facing Jackson Square , adjacent to the St. Louis Cathedral . Built in 1791 as a matching structure for the Cabildo , which flanks the cathedral on the other side, it is one of the nat
  12. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas10

    Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

    New Orleans
    Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is an aquarium in New Orleans, Louisiana , United States. It is run by the Audubon Nature Institute , which also supervises Audubon Zoo , Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Spec
  13. Southern Food and Beverage Museum11

    Southern Food and Beverage Museum

    New Orleans
    The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a non-profit museum based in New Orleans , Louisiana with a mission to explore the culinary history of the American Southern states, to explain the roots of Southern food and drinks. Their exhibits focus on every aspect of food in the South, from the cultural
  14. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve12

    Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

    New Orleans
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  16. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium13

    Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

    New Orleans
    Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is an insectarium and entomology museum in New Orleans , Louisiana , United States. With more than 50 live exhibits and numerous multimedia elements, the 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m ) facility is the largest free-standing American museum dedicated to insects.
  17. Confederate Memorial Hall Museum14

    Confederate Memorial Hall Museum

    New Orleans
    Confederate Memorial Hall Museum is a museum located in New Orleans which contains historical artifacts related to the Confederate States of America (C.S.A.) and the American Civil War . It is historically also known as "Memorial Hall". It houses the second-largest collection of Confederate Civil Wa
  18. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum15

    New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

    New Orleans
    Take a tour of this peculiar museum dedicated to pharmaceutical history, featuring numerous historical artifacts.
  19. Longue Vue House and Gardens16

    Longue Vue House and Gardens

    New Orleans
  20. Backstreet Cultural Museum17

    Backstreet Cultural Museum

    New Orleans
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    New Orleans Fire Department Museum

    New Orleans
  22. Ogden Museum of Southern Art19

    Ogden Museum of Southern Art

    New Orleans
    The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is located in the Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana . Established in 1999, and in Stephen Goldring Hall at 925 Camp Street since 2003.
  23. Jackson Barracks Military Museum20

    Jackson Barracks Military Museum

    New Orleans
    Jackson Barracks is the headquarters of the Louisiana National Guard . It is located in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans , Louisiana . The base was established in 1834 and was originally known as New Orleans Barracks . On July 7, 1866, it was renamed in honor of Andrew Jackson . The National Regist

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