Ten Museums Everyone Must Visit in New Orleans


Every New Orleans street, neighborhood, and tradition exudes a storied history. The city’s collections of Southern artifacts, modern art, and historic accounts draw people from near and far. Tourists will fall in love with New Orleans’ past, and locals will find museum hopping makes the perfect date-night activity. Dozens of museums within city limits make exploring the deep-rooted history of New Orleans a fun adventure for everyone.

Backstreet Cultural Museum

Mardi Gras Indian costumes, elaborate second-line artifacts, and historic photographs line the walls of the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Treme. Backstreet Cultural Museum highlights the traditions and cultural movements of New Orleans, including jazz funerals, carnival celebrations, and second lines.

The New Orleans Jazz Museum

Travel through the history of jazz music at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, centrally located in the Vieux Carré. The interactive exhibits allow visitors to listen to recordings of legendary jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong, Ellis Marsalis Jr., Fats Domino, and Jelly Roll Morton.

The Sazerac House

Experience each element of the first cocktail invented at the Sazerac House on Canal Street. The museum walks visitors through the distilling process and the making of Peychaud’s Bitters with spirited tastings throughout.

The New Orleans Museum of Art

Lovers of fine arts will thrive at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Visitors can enjoy a constant rotation of art exhibits indoors or stroll through the permanent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, both within City Park.

The Cabildo

Learn about one of Louisiana’s most significant historical buildings while soaking in the views of Jackson Square. At the Cabildo, history buffs can view rare American History artifacts and enjoy the Spanish colonial architecture.

Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Discover the history behind New Orleans’ cuisine and classic cocktails at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in the Convention District. The non-profit museum puts on cooking demonstrations and hosts rotating culinary exhibits. Visitors can even participate in cooking classes and learn how to make red beans and rice or gumbo.

The National WWII Museum

Walk in the shoes of those who lived through the war that changed the world. Visitors can participate in numerous interactive exhibits at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans’ Convention District. The Solomon Victory Theater features the acclaimed 4D movie Beyond All Boundaries, narrated by Tom Hanks.

The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Vintage medical equipment and old medicine bottles await at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum in the French Quarter. American medicine isn’t the only curiosity in the museum — voodoo potions and superstitious herbal cures also have a home here.

Mardi Gras World

The art of Mardi Gras floats is something everyone should experience. Colorful, sparkling floats line the walls of Mardi Gras World’s warehouse museum in the Convention District. Guests will see first-hand all the hard work that brings Mardi Gras parades to life each year.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection is a hub for the history and culture of the New Orleans and Gulf South regions. The French Quarter location is a museum, research center, and publisher that preserves cultural artifacts and tells the stories of New Orleans’ past.

Other Museums to Visit in New Orleans

New Orleans has over 40 different history, art, and music museums. Additional museums everyone must experience while visiting include:


  • Louisiana Children’s Museum
  • New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
  • New Orleans African American Museum
  • Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
  • 1850 House Museum
  • The Presbytère
  • Old Ursuline Convent Museum
  • Hermann-Grima House
  • Museum of Death New Orleans
  • Irish Cultural Museum
  • The Great American Alligator Museum
  • Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum

Experience New Orleans Museums at J Collection’s Chateau Hotel

The J Collection represents a portfolio of independent and branded hotels in New Orleans. J Collection’s vast destinations ensure a hotel for everyone and any occasion. One of the best hotels to visit to discover New Orleans’ museums is the Chateau Hotel, located at 1001 Chartres Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Book a stay with the Chateau Hotel and create one-of-a-kind New Orleans memories.