10 Best New Orleans Museum Experiences to Share with Your Kids

Despite its reputation as a city for grown ups that love to eat, drink, party and stay up late, New Orleans is also a city of families.  There are plenty of diversions for the little ones in and around town, scores of things for children and parents to enjoy together, whether its outdoors in nature or indoors learning and experiencing.

The word museum can mean a lot of different things. While you might think first of a well curated palace of art, in New Orleans, a museum can mean a sculpture garden, a lighthouse, or even a zoo.

One of the top museums for families in the area is based around Mardi Gras. At Mardi Gras World you can tour a collection of some of the greatest parade floats in the history of carnival, assembled together for endless photo opps. Here, kids can grab selfies with Batman, Spiderman and the Grinch, and that's 'just for starters.

Other great places to spend some time include the holy trinity of Audubon properties (Aquarium, Insectarium and Zoo). Parents can buy economically priced passes that deliver access to all three over the course of a few days. 

With New Orleans recognized by many as a fun destination for families, this list will guide you through the top museums that both parents and children will enjoy. 

Outside the city


Outdoor attractions are plentiful on this side of Lake Pontchartrain, a world away from the excess of New Orleans. The Global Wildlife Center is the Northshore's answer to Disney's Animal Kingdom, an eco-friendly 900-acre predator-free animal...  Read More



Louisiana has only one working lighthouse, and this be it, on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Only a quick drive from downtown New Orleans, the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center lives on the first floor of the structure raised...  Read More



An impressive Italian Palazzo design, complete with arched windows and entryways makes the New Orleans Children's Museum a unique learning environment with an almost warehouse-style ambiance. Exhibits are interactive and hands-on, allowing both...  Read More



Audubon Zoo, located in Uptown New Orleans is a great place for a family visit. Home to more tahn 2,000 animals, the zoo is open year round, from Tuesday through Sunday (seven days a week during the summer). Learning the eating habits of a...  Read More

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas


Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in the French Quarter, the Audubon Aquarium is one of three Audubon attractions on this 10Best list. The Aquarium offers its visitors a chance to pet sting rays, feed exotic birds, and ogle sharks in...  Read More



Unless you are specifically coming to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, there is no place other than Mardi Gras World to give you a behind the scenes look at Carnival. Blain Kern's attraction is the real deal - these warehouses are where many parade...  Read More



Located in New Orleans because that was the home of Higgins Industries, the manufacturer of the landing craft that delivered U.S. troops onto the D-Day beaches, this CBD must-see will appeal to all history lovers and slightly older kids...  Read More



The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located inside the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street. It is the largest North American museum dedicated to insects. Adults and children alike will enjoy learning about the insect's contributions...  Read More



Harry Potter would be right at home in this teeny tiny French Quarter landmark with its oddball displays of gris-gris (voodoo charms), potions and all kinds of memorabilia pertaining to Voodoo queen Marie Laveau, a 19th century priestess and one...  Read More

New Orleans Museum of Art
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Located in City Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art, or NOMA, hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects with a concentration in French and American art. NOMA programming is designed to instill art appreciation in kids as...  Read More


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