The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) announced plans to resume free admission to its beloved Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden will be free and open to the public, seven days a week, starting on July 12.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated loss of revenue, NOMA previously asked visitors to pay an admission fee of $5 when the garden reopened in June 2020 after the shutdown.
Officials say admission revenue from the garden enabled the museum to recover some of the revenue lost by the pandemic closure.
Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director, said the “dedicated support” of the New Orleans community made it possible for the return of free admission.
“NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden celebrates the museum’s primary mission of sharing internationally renowned art and artists with the broadest possible public. We have always viewed the Garden as a point of access for visitors, enabling them to experience art set within a beautifully designed, carefully maintained landscape,” Taylor said. “We are grateful to the New Orleans community for supporting the museum over the course of 2020 and into 2021, and we are delighted to be able to resume free admission to the Garden.”
NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden opens daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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