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Queen Nefertari in New Orleans

When I was in grade school, the King Tut exhibit came to the New Orleans Museum of Art and it was amazing! I was fascinated by the strong blues (lapis lazuli) and the Canopic jars and the boy king’s death mask. So I am very excited to say that a new Egyptian exhibit will be in New Orleans during our meeting: Queen Nefertari’s Egypt will be at NOMA through July 17, 2022. Nefertari’s reign is about 50 years after Tutankhamen’s; all items are from the Museo Egizio in Torino, Italy.

The museum will be open 7 days a week for the exhibit and pre-booking tickets is recommended; also the museum will be open until 9pm on Tuesdays. Café Noma (the museum restaurant) will be featuring Egyptian dishes along with their regular menu.

NOMA is located inside of City Park which also features, the Sculpture Garden, the Botanical Gardens, Storyland, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, City Putt, golf courses, tennis courts, soccer fields and paddle boat rentals. It is big… 1300 acres big, making it one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. Some of the oak trees in the park are estimated to be 800 years old. Learn more about the park.

If Egyptian art/history isn’t your thing, there is probably another institution or exhibit that might be. Below is a list of other museums, historical houses, and parks along with any special exhibits that might be happening during our meeting. The categories are Art, Culture, For Profit, History, and Parks/Gardens.

Art Museums

Contemporary Arts Center – #Fail multimedia group exhibition that brings together works by twenty five artists that expose the systemic failures facing our world (through June 19, 2022)

George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art

New Orleans Museum of Art  – Queen Nefertari’s Egypt (through July 17, 2022) Advance tickets recommended.

Newcomb Art Museum – Core Memory: Louisiana Native American Basketry (through June 2022)  

Ogden Museum of Southern Art  – Home Is… A Sense of Place, a Sense of Self an Exhibition of Work Created In Kid Smart Classrooms across New Orleans (through May 22, 2022) and Be Your Wonderful Self the Portraits of Beauford Delaney (through July 2022)

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Culture Museums

American Italian Cultural Center

Arnaud’s Restaurant Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum

The Cabildo  – a Century on Harmony Street: The Kohlmaier Cabinetmakers of New Orleans (indefinite)

Irish Cultural Museum

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

New Orleans African American Museum

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old Mint

The Presbytere  – Rex: The 150th Anniversary of the School of Design (though mid-December 2022) 

Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Treme Petit Jazz Museum

For Profit Museums


Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

Sazerac House

Historical Houses/ History Museums

1850 House

Beauregard-Keyes Historic House and Gardens

Gallier House

Hermann-Grima House

Historic New Orleans Collection – Making Mardi Gras (ends May 8, 2022); Fit for a King: The Rex Archives at THNOC (ends May 8, 2022); French Quarter Life: People and Places in the Vieux Carré (through August 2022)

Longvue House and Garden

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Pitot House

World War II Museum  – Infamy: Pearl Harbor Remembered (through June 2022) and The Real Image of War: Steichen and Ford in the Pacific (through January 2023)

Parks & Gardens

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Audubon Nature Center

Audubon Park

Audubon Zoo

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park

Congo Square / Louis Armstrong Park

Crescent Park

Longvue House and Gardens

Louisiana Children's Museum

Mississippi River Heritage Park

New Orleans Botanical Gardens

New Orleans City Park


Woldenberg Riverfront Park




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