New Orleans' Mischief of Museums: 3 Exciting Standouts

The largest city in Louisiana, New Orleans is often called the most unique city in the United States. When in New Orleans, things to do abound, as the city is known for its music, cuisine and various annual festivals and celebrations. Aside from catching the world-renowned Mardi Gras, one of the New Orleans things to do that stands out is a tour of its museums. Here are BBonline's recommended museums that would make any visitor's New Orleans bed and breakfast stay more exciting.

The Backstreet Cultural Museum
1116 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 522-4806
www.backstreetmuseum.org

Housed in a creole cottage in the Treme district, the oldest African-American neighborhood in the nation, The Backstreet Cultural Museum is home to the city's widest array of Mardi Gras Indian costumes and an impressive collection of photographs, videos and memorabilia of customs unique to New Orleans, Traditional Jazz Funerals and Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs. The museum also presents events that must be included in any New Orleans things to do list: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Essence Music Festival, The French Quarter Festival, The Creole Tomato Festival, Treme Call Out and Dance, an annual Mardi Gras Open House and All Saints Day Parade. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm. The admission cost is $8 per person.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 539-9602
www.ogdenmuseum.org

Recognized as an affiliate of The Smithsonian Institution in 2001, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art features the most comprehensive collection of southern art in the world. Located in the Warehouse Arts District across from the National World War II Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center, The Ogden houses its 20th- and 21st-century collection in the Goldring Hall, which has more than 25 galleries. The Ogden also hosts educational programs and After Hours, a live musical performance by Southern musicians, bound to be a lovely evening out from your New Orleans inn. The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays 10 am to 5 pm and Thursday evenings, 6 to 8 pm for After Hours. The admission cost is $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens age 65 and over, and students over 18 with valid IDs; $5 for children age 5 to 17; and free for children under 5.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 581-4629
www.auduboninstitute.org

The world-renowned Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is home to 15,000 creatures in a state-of-the-art facility. Located downtown along the Mississippi River, it is a place where visitors can get close to extraordinary marine life through attractions like the Caribbean Reef tunnel, the Mississippi River Gallery, the Gulf of Mexico exhibit and the Amazon Rain Forest exhibit. At the aquarium, visitors can also pet sharks, see white alligators, and feed sea otters, penguins and stingrays. The aquarium is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 am. Closing times vary by season. The admission cost is $18.50 for adults; $14.50 for senior citizens age 65 and over; $11.50 for children age 2 to 12. There are also special packages such as the Audubon Experience Package, which allows guests to visit the Zoo, Aquarium, IMAX® and Insectarium for $34.95 for adults and $19.95 for children and seniors.