As temperatures climb in Southeast Louisiana, two New Orleans museums will offer free admission in July to help locals beat the heat while enjoying art.
During “Art & AC” throughout July, the Helis Foundation teams up with the New Orleans Museum of Art and Ogden Museum of Southern Art to give Louisiana residents free admission on most Sundays.
Under Phase Two guidelines, museums in New Orleans are allowed to open at 50 percent capacity with staggered admission using an appointment or reservation system.
Both NOMA and Ogden Museum are asking guests to reserve a time to visit online. While both will still accept walk-in visitors, they strongly suggest people reserve a visitation time to ensure proper social distancing. Guests are encouraged to visit each institution’s website to learn more about their safety protocols and to schedule a visit.
Louisiana residents can enjoy free admission at these institutions on the following Sundays:
- New Orleans Museum of Art: July 12, 19 and 26
- Ogden Museum of Southern Art: July 5, 12, 19 and 26
NOMA announced plans to reopen the museum on Wednesday, July 8. As part of the reopening guidelines, the museum will implement online timed ticketing for visitors and require mask usage.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art reopened doors on June 15. Among the safety measures, museum officials required face coverings and installed hand sanitation stations.
More than 10,000 Louisiana residents have enjoyed free admission to local art and cultural institutions as part of Art & AC over the years, the Helis Foundation says.
“We’re committed to helping all Louisianans gain access to the incredible exhibits and programming offered through our local art and cultural institutions,” said Jessie Haynes, Managing Director, The Helis Foundation. “Although this year will look a little different than years past, the institutions are committed to providing a safe environment for guests to cool off and enjoy the arts.”
During the age of COVID-19, the annual “Art & A/C” promotion also looks a little different. In full disclosure, FOX 8 helps promote Art & AC as part of a community partnership with the Helis Foundation.
This year, “Art & AC” moves to July. Traditionally, the event happens in August, which is also New Orleans Museum Month. Also, in the past, free admission corresponded to a temperature forecast of 95 degrees or above. This year, Louisiana residents can enjoy free admission on scheduled Sundays, regardless of the forecasted temperature.
In addition, this year’s promotion will not include the Contemporary Arts Center, which is temporarily closed.
Outside of free admission this July, the Helis Foundation also helps provide free admission for all Louisiana residents at leading local institutions year-round. Louisiana residents, with valid identification, can get free admission to NOMA and the New Orleans Botanical Garden every Wednesday; the Ogden Museum every Thursday; the Contemporary Arts Center every Sunday (the museum is temporarily closed); and the Louisiana Children’s Museum once every other month.
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