With power now restored to most of the city, some New Orleans museums announce reopenings after Hurricane Ida.
At least five museums say they’re ready to welcome back guests, offering a brief distraction for people who are looking for some fun or an air-conditioned escape after the storm.
The Sazerac House, the interactive cocktail museum in the Central Business District, reopens to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 14, and visitors can even score complimentary spirits samples.
“Though Southeast Louisiana is not yet fully recovered from Hurricane Ida, Louisianans have more than earned a cocktail,” the museum said in a release.
Guests to the Sazerac House enjoy complimentary access to interactive museum-quality exhibits along with signature samples of Sazerac company spirits and cocktails. The experience is enhanced with a final stop at an in-house distillery, producing Sazerac Rye Whiskey on-site, with opportunities for guests to participate in many steps of the whiskey-making process.
Per City of New Orleans mandate, guests at the Sazerac House must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test from within the past 72 hours. Masks are required when not actively sampling cocktails or spirits.
The Sazerac House is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the final tour at 4:20 p.m. The Sazerac House is located at 101 Magazine Street, on the corner of Canal Street and Magazine Street.
Reservations for complimentary tours are required, and available online at www.sazerachouse.com.
The New Orleans Museum of Art reopens on Tuesday, Sept. 14, but the museum will cancel all events and programs for the rest of September while the city recovers from Hurricane Ida, Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director announced in a statement.
Café NOMA, the Brennan Group restaurant inside the museum, will also reopen to the public on Sept. 14.
NOMA will also reschedule the opening date of the upcoming exhibit, “Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds,” to Oct. 21. The exhibit opening was originally planned to open on Oct. 1.
“I think we are all relieved to have more time for this complex, spectacular retrospective which will take on additional poignancy and relevance after this devastating storm,” Taylor said.
When the museum reopens, all visitors and employees will be required to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth while indoors.
NOMA says it’s not requiring visitors to provide proof of vaccination upon opening. However, guests dining at Café NOMA, aged 12 years and older, will be required to provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or a negative PCR test within the past 72 hours.
One of the first new major attractions of 2021 will reopen this week. The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience reopens to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Museum officials say the facility will then briefly close in observance of Yom Kippur on Sept. 16 and resume normal hours of operation on Friday, Sept. 16.
During the weekend of Sept. 18 and Sept. 19, the museum will offer free admission to first responders and linemen “in appreciation for those who have worked tirelessly to restore power and assist the people of South Louisiana,” museum officials said in a release.
“It is important to us to reopen and serve as a place of respite for our local community,” museum director Kenneth Hoffman said. “As restaurants, hotels, and museums continue to reopen, we hope that folks from across our 13 Southern states and throughout the country will consider a trip to New Orleans soon.”
The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience opened in downtown New Orleans in May 2021. Exhibits and interactive experiences explore the many ways the Jewish community in the South influenced and were influenced by the distinct cultural heritage of their communities, covering 13 states and more than 300 years of history.
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum reports limited damage, mainly some minor roof damage, after Hurricane Ida. The Central City museum showcasing the food and drink of the South reopens on Sept. 20.
The museum’s bar will also open, featuring specialty cocktails and other drinks that illustrate the collection’s history.
Museum officials say curators will revamp a few exhibits, in the coming weeks, to make them more interactive, including one section about the history of brunch.
The museum will also host brunch programs on Saturdays throughout October, including a Drag Brunch featuring Poppy Tooker with food by Jason Goodenough.
The National WWII Museum reopened to the public after Hurricane Ida on Monday, Sept. 13, museum officials announced.
Each September, the National WWII Museum usually offers a “Louisiana Resident Discount Month.” The museum says it will continue the tradition of offering half-off admission to Louisiana residents this month and extend that promotion through the end of October.
In addition, the museum says it will offer free admission to electrical employees, first-responders, National Guard and emergency personnel throughout September “as a symbol of gratitude.”
Several dining options are also open inside the National WWII Museum and the neighboring Higgins Hotel including Jeri Nims Soda Shop, Provisions marketplace, Rosie’s on the Roof and
COVID-19 protocols are still in place throughout the Museum, Hotel and its food and beverage outlets per City of New Orleans mandates. The National WWII Museum, located at 945 Magazine Street in New Orleans, opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
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