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Experience New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the world’s most enchanting cities, and it’s home to dozens of sites and museums you don’t want to miss! Check out some of the options below, many with special discounts for ISTELive 22 attendees. Then set aside time to explore NOLA’s most unique and beautiful sites.

New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses more than 40,000 works of art encompassing 5,000 years of history. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing special exhibitions, are on view in the museum’s 46 galleries. The adjoining Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features more than 90 sculptures, including works from several 20th and 21st century master sculptors.

ISTELive 22 attendees can register for docent-guided tours of the special exhibition Queen Nefertari’s Egypt or explore the permanent collection galleries and sculpture garden on their own. Be sure to check out the NOMA Mobile Guide, available for download in the app store or accessible online via QR codes throughout the museum.

Guided Nefertari Tours:

Saturday, June 25
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 26
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Fee: $23

Preregistration required.

Sold out!

You can also tour the museum on your own with exclusive ISTE discounts.

Self-guided Nefertari: $18 per person ($7 discount)

Self-guided galleries only: $8 per person ($7 discount)

Self-guided sculpture garden: Free

The National World War II Museum

Take a self-guided tour through The National WWII Museum – the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans and No. 2 in the U.S. The museum is an unforgettable way to experience World War II – from industrial efforts on the homefront to the combat experience of the American service member abroad. Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, the museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories to take visitors inside the story of the war – why it was fought, how it was won and what it means today.

Sunday, June 26
10 a.m. (Requires at least 3 hours to see everything)
Fee: $16

Preregistration required.

Sold out!

City & Cemetery Tour

Experience the highlights of New Orleans on this 2.5-hour sightseeing bus tour that includes the bustling French Quarter, New Orleans’ above-ground cemetery, the opulent Garden District and St. Charles Avenue. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history and eclectic contemporary culture from your friendly local guide.

Saturday, June 25
Sunday, June 26
10 a.m-12 p.m.
Fee: $36.75 (Reg. $49)

To register, please visitneworleans.com and use the promo code ISTE22 for a 25% discount at checkout.

Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour

Hear ghostly legends and lore from an entertaining guide – the same guide who shares the eerie tales featured on the History Channel. With its colorful past and unique traditions, it’s no wonder that so many homes and taverns in New Orleans have been studied by paranormal investigators!

Saturday, June 25
Sunday, June 26
Monday, June 27
Tuesday, June 28
5-7 p.m.
Fee: $20.25 (Reg. $27)

To register, please visitneworleans.com and use the promo code ISTE22 for a 25% discount at checkout.

Other Sites to Check Out

Southern Food & Beverage Museum

Tour the museum that showcases the discovery, understanding, and celebration of food, drink, and its related culture in America and the world.

Tickets are $10.50 and can be purchased online at southernfood.org/visit

New Orleans Jazz Museum

Check out the city’s vibrant music scene. Located in the French Quarter, the New Orleans Jazz Museum offers five rotating exhibits, all showcasing various aspects of jazz culture and history.

Show your ISTELive 22 badge on Sunday, June 26 for FREE admission.

Tickets are $8 for adults and can be purchased online at nolajazzmuseum.org/visit

Mardi Gras World

Laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll!) when you tour the warehouse that houses some of the best and biggest Mardi Gras props and floats. Conveniently located near the convention center, it’s a great space to feel the spirit of New Orleans.

Tickets are $22 and can be purchased online at mardigrasworld.com/tours/tickets/