NOMA hosts virtual tours for a cultural experience from the comfort of your couch

Even though the museum is temporarily closed, art lovers can use their imaginations to explore a virtual tour while social distancing.

Social distancing is part of our new normal, as officials issue a statewide “Stay Home” mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Art and culture lovers looking for ways to escape, while practicing social distancing, can take virtual tours of the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA).

Photo courtesy: NOMA

The city’s oldest fine arts institution joins global cultural institutions in providing museum collections online through a partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, according to a letter from Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director.

NOMA will offer high-resolution digital exhibitions, as well as a virtual tour of the museum. The museum says it will continuously add more content to this platform as the weeks progress.

Art lovers can take a virtual tour of the galleries and permanent collection here.

“You can get close up and view high resolution images. You can actually still have that experience like you’re walking through the museum,” said Margaux Krane, director of brand and communications.

A mobile, self-guided tour of the museum and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is also accessible from smartphones. All you have to do is text NOMA to 555888 or search for the NOMA app through your device’s app store.

Curator-led gallery talks, artist perspectives, and panel discussions are available on NOMA’s YouTube channel.

From kids being home schooled to the young at heart, NOMA expands beyond its walls to reach across all audiences.

Gabrielle Wyrick, deputy director of learning and engagement, says there are even resources in place to help parents.

“We have lesson plans, everything from Pre-K all the way up to high school students. There are amazing opportunities and art making activities for the whole family to do together and really just engage in some creative family time,” Wyrick said.

On NOMA’s site, you can find educational tools like lesson plans and curriculum guides in the educator toolbox.

The letter also says NOMA’s Instagram page will provide highlights from our special exhibitions and permanent collection as well as updates on our activities. NOMA will provide ideas for art activities, lesson plans, recommended reading lists, and other creative experiences for the whole family in Instagram Stories.

NOMA, along with other New Orleans museums, announced closures as a joint effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

“As we navigate these ever-changing and challenging times, NOMA is more committed than ever to our mission of uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures through the arts,” Taylor said in the message,

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) opened on in 1911 with only nine works of art. Today, the museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects.

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