New Orleans is a city-wide museum, rich in art collections and historic homes reflecting its tumultuous past and Spanish, French, African and American heritage. From world-class art to quirky pocket museums housing important cultural treasures and the nation's only national tribute to the heroes and battles of World War II, New Orleans is ripe for discovering the past.
Of course a sense of place also plays a strong role in the city's cultural landscape. The new Southern Museum of Food and Beverage in Central City places the visitor in a world of the foodways and dishes particular to the American South and New Orleans in particular. At the Ogden, Southern artists are in the spotlight, whether they work in pottery, glass or oils.
And all museums in New Orleans aren't only about the past. The city's vibrant arts culture is always in flux, on view along developing arts corridors on Oretha Castle Haley and St. Claude Avenue as well as at the Contemporary Arts Center, a repository of visual as well as performance art that runs the spectrum from drag cabaret to dance and music.
An open and curious mind can find much to stimulate in this city that drips with history, culture and artistic verve.