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Summer discounts. Free admission for Louisiana residents. Discounted tickets on Mondays. These are just some of the deals you can score when visiting a New Orleans museum or attraction. While there are many free things to do in New Orleans that don’t require admission, the places that do can be experienced without paying full price. We’ve rounded up the deals for you below.
When visiting a New Orleans attraction, be sure to book your tickets online or over the phone and remember, as always, to mask up.
ATTRACTIONS WITH FREE ADMISSION
New Orleans Museum of Art
NOMA is free to Louisiana residents on Wednesdays courtesy of The Helis Foundation.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Visit the Ogden Museum on Thursdays for a taste of Southern and local art. Free admission is provided to Louisiana residents courtesy of The Helis Foundation.
Contemporary Arts Center
The CAC has free admission for Louisiana residents on Sundays courtesy of The Helis Foundation. The museum focuses on multi-disciplinary programming and rotating exhibits.
New Orleans Botanical Garden
Courtesy of The Helis Foundation, Louisiana residents receive free admission to the Botanical Garden in City Park on Wednesdays.
Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum
Explore the history of New Orleans’ historic Lower 9th Ward pre-, during, and post- Hurricane Katrina. Admission is always free.
Longue Vue House and Gardens
Once a month, Longue Vue hosts Free Family Sundays for Louisiana residents. Visit on the first Sunday morning of the month to receive free admission to the gardens.
New Orleans Public Library
If you can’t make it to one of the above museums on free admission day, or you’d like to explore other attractions (such as the Audubon Zoo or New Canal Lighthouse Museum), consider checking out a culture pass through the New Orleans Public Library system. All you’ll need is a library card and you can make your culture pass reservation online.