NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) resumes free admission to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at 10 am on Monday, July 12. The Garden will be free and open to the public, seven days a week.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated loss of revenue, NOMA asked visitors to pay an admission fee of $5 to the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which was historically free, upon the reopening of the Garden on June 1, 2020. Admission revenue from the Garden enabled the museum to recover some of the revenue lost by the pandemic closure.
“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,” said Susan Taylor, Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “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. Their dedicated support has ultimately allowed us to reinstate free admission. Please continue to visit NOMA, and visit often.”