We recently shared a few of our favorite offbeat museums near New Orleans. Those unique institutions are perfect for a day trip, but with New Orleans Museum Month in full swing this August, we thought it was time to also showcase some of our favorite lesser-known New Orleans museums, located conveniently close to our French Quarter hotel.
Whether you’ve visited New Orleans a number of times and are looking for something new to see on your next trip, or you seek out the offbeat and unusual every time you travel, these museums (all participants in New Orleans Museum Month) are worth a visit!
New Canal Lighthouse
A trip to New Orleans wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Lake Pontchartrain, and a tour of the New Canal Lighthouse is a perfect way to do it. First built in 1839, the lighthouse was inundated by the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A replica of the original 1839 lighthouse was then constructed and opened in 2013. Tours of the lighthouse are available Monday through Saturday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Southern Food and Beverage Museum
New Orleans is a foodie paradise, but if you want to do more than just eat all of our delicious Southern cuisine, head to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum for exhibits dedicated to Southern foodways. In addition to the displays, you’ll also find cooking demonstrations, lectures, and tastings. Every Monday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the museum offers a weekly lunch cooking demonstration. Interested more in the beverage side of things? The Museum of the American Cocktail’s New Orleans Collection and La Galerie de l’Absinthe are also housed inside of this charming museum, and admission to each is included in your ticket price.
Madame John’s Legacy
Located a short walk from Bienville House Hotel is one of the best examples of French colonial architecture in North America. Part of the Louisiana State Museum system, Madame John’s Legacy survived the great fire of 1794 that destroyed much of New Orleans, and today it offers a unique architectural glimpse into the past. Admission is free to view the three buildings of the complex which include a main house, a kitchen with cook’s quarters, and a two-story dependency. Also on display are 50 pieces of Newcomb pottery paired with archival photographs which tell the story of this historic arts and crafts movement that took place in New Orleans in the early 20th century. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
At the heart of the revitalization of the historically-significant Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. corridor is Ashé Cultural Arts Center. The 6,600-square-foot space showcases visual arts exhibits by influential African-American artists. The center also serves as a performance art venue for theater, dance, music, spoken word, and more. The exhibits and Ashé’s Diaspora Boutique are open Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Beauregard Keyes House
The Beauregard-Keyes House was built in 1826 and offers a fine example of a typical raised center hall house of that time. A number of famous and influential people have called this building home over the years, but these days anyone can take a tour Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The 45-minute tours begin on the hour, and reservations are not required to take the tour. From now until September 2017, the museum is hosting a special exhibit dedicated to the experience of Italian immigrants in the French Quarter. The exhibit, Piccolo Palermo, takes an in-depth look at the Giaconas, the Sicilian family that owned the home from 1904-1925.
New Orleans Museum Month Is a Great Time to Visit.
Each August, museums around town participate in New Orleans Museum Month, which means that if you are a member of any of the participating museums, you’ll get free entry into any of the other museums.
August in New Orleans also means COOLinary Restaurant Month, which offers great deals on dining all over the Crescent City. Criollo Restaurant inside our sister hotel, Hotel Monteleone, is a participant again this year.
The savings on attractions and dining are hot in New Orleans in August, making it a great time to book a last minute summer vacation!