Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans

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Part of New Orleans' biggest and oldest museum of fine art, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden contains works by sculptors from around the world donated by two notable arts patrons. Situated behind the museum's main building, the 2 hectare (5 acre) landscaped garden exhibits about 60 sculptures, scattered among the verdant vegetation that includes oaks, magnolias, pines, and camellias. Follow the walking trails to see works by Henry Moore, Fernando Botero, Antoine Bourdelle, and Gaston Lachaise. If you'd like a free audio tour for your mobile device, drop by the information window at the garden entrance. Learn about the history of the garden by picking up one of two illustrated publications available at the museum shop. For travelers who use our world travel planner, New Orleans holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 13, 2017
    We ended up at the sculpture garden after discovering the art museum was closed, and we had a great time. Lovely, intimate settings allowed us to peruse each piece at our own pace and without crowds (...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden was one of the highlights of the Grayline Super City Tour. It was indeed a pleasant surprise to tour the lush garden and see the amazing sculptures! Plen...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The Besthoff Sculpture Garden was worthwhile to see. We were walking in the Besthoff Sculpture garden while attending an Easter Egg Hunt. Very impressive works of art. Well worth seeing. The community...  more »
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  • June 5, 2017
    This has got to be one of the most unorthodox and most beautiful sculpture gardens I've ever been to! The art is out of this world and the wonderful garden that surrounds each piece has been so methodically blended in with the art. You can't tell if the art has been blended in to the garden or if the garden has been manipulated to support the art! You have everything from classical sculpting to out of this world, eerie like wonders, that will have your mind racing! Definitely, the kind of art that will make you stop and ponder! This is the kind of Sculpture garden that even if your not an aficionado, it will capture your interest! The Sydney and Walda Best of Sculpture Garden is just one of the many things to do within the MASSIVE Nola City Park! Drop on by, you'll be happy you did!
  • June 20, 2017
    Amazing, fun and free. Don't miss Karma just past the bridge.
  • April 19, 2017
    Lovely spot to visit and it's free! The whole family enjoyed this park.
  • October 11, 2016
    This is a little hidden gem that's off the beaten path from the normal New Orleans experience. This park, but especially the sculpture garden is beautiful and tranquil. It's a great park with a lot of sculptural art pieces surrounding a quiet little river. On the little rive you can take gondola rides or peddle boats to see the sculptures from a different vantage point. A must visit.
  • March 15, 2017
    Lovely place with different forms of art. Would recommend for a stroll and definitely would revisit.

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