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New Orleans Museum District: Louisiana Civil War Museum and Ogden Museum

New Orleans Museum District: Louisiana Civil War Museum and Ogden Museum

June 11, 2011 No Comments The New Orleans Museum District has undergone extensive revitalization in recent years, after sinking into neglect toward the end of the 20th century. Well-connected to the rest of the city via the St. Charles streetcar line, the area now contains entirely refurbished loft apartments and interesting restaurants. But the museums remain the central attractions. Anchored ...

 

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Off the Beaten Path in New Orleans: Smaller French Quarter Attractions

Off the Beaten Path in New Orleans: Smaller French Quarter Attractions

June 10, 2011 No Comments It would be easy to spend an entire vacation in New Orleans’ French Quarter just shopping, eating and catching the street performers. Bigger attractions like the Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium might grab your attention, or you might wander to the outskirts of the Quarter to visit St. Louis Cemetery Number One. However, no trip to ...

 

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Touring Jackson Square New Orleans

Touring Jackson Square New Orleans

June 9, 2011 No Comments Jackson Square is the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter in Louisiana. Overlooking the Mississippi River, Jackson Square has been a free speech zone and hub of activity since the city’s earliest days. Today the Square is filled nearly 24 hours a day with a mix of tarot readers, visual artists, mimes, musicians, tourists and ...

 

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A Favorite with School Groups: New Orleans Museum of Art

A Favorite with School Groups: New Orleans Museum of Art

May 21, 2011 No Comments Founded as the Delgado Museum of Art in 1911, the New Orleans Museum of Art is one of several attractions in New Orleans’ City Park. Although the park took heavy damage in 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the elevated museum suffered only basement flooding and most of the collection was undamaged. The museum features over 40,000 pieces ...

 

An Impossible Victory: National World War II Museum

An Impossible Victory: National World War II Museum

May 20, 2011 No Comments Opened in 2000, New Orleans’ D-Day Museum was officially designated the National World War II Museum by Congress in 2003. A massive recent expansion brought the size of the museum to over 70,000 square feet, more than triple the size of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History. Although the official recommendation is to ...

 

Eat a Bug: Audubon Insectarium, New Orleans

Eat a Bug: Audubon Insectarium, New Orleans

May 19, 2011 No Comments The Audubon Nature Institute has been a part of the New Orleans family since 1914, when the Audubon Commission was established by state law. The Commission’s first project was the development of Audubon Park, an urban green space on the site of the United States’ first commercial sugar plantation. The park, originally named Upper City ...

 

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Stingrays, Penguins and Hurricanes, Oh My! Audubon Aquarium, New Orleans

Stingrays, Penguins and Hurricanes, Oh My! Audubon Aquarium, New Orleans

May 19, 2011 No Comments Established in 1914 as the Audubon Commission, the Audubon Nature Institute operates 10 parks and attractions throughout the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Opened in 1990, the Audubon Aquarium is located on the edge of the French Quarter where Canal Street meets the Mississippi River. The Aquarium was one of the first attractions to establish ...

 

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Meet the Rare White Alligators: Audubon Zoo, New Orleans

Meet the Rare White Alligators: Audubon Zoo, New Orleans

May 18, 2011 No Comments The Audubon Nature Institute consists of 10 parks and attractions throughout New Orleans, all devoted to conservation. The Institute got its start in 1914 as the Audubon Commission, established by state law to manage what was then Upper City Park. Now known as Audubon Park, it was built on a portion of the nation’s first ...

 

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An Unusual Landmark for Sailing Ships: Oak Alley Plantation

An Unusual Landmark for Sailing Ships: Oak Alley Plantation

April 15, 2011 1 Comment Oak Alley Plantation is sometimes known as the Grand Dame of the River Road, a collection of historic plantations located an hour from New Orleans in the town of Vacherie, Louisiana. Little is known about the plantation’s early years, but it was already a known landmark by the time the Capuchin Fathers settled St. James Parish ...

 

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A Venetian Gondola Ride…In New Orleans?

A Venetian Gondola Ride…In New Orleans?

April 14, 2011 2 Comments New Orleans is known for many things, from world-class cuisine to a constant backdrop of jazz and blues music. But when Dad and I saw an authentic Venetian gondola plying the waters of City Park, it was a bit of a shock even for us jaded locals. We had the pleasure of a private sunset ...

 

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