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“A garden of whimsy and art” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
504 658-4100
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Ridgewood, NJ
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“A garden of whimsy and art”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We were out at City Park on Monday and the museum was closed as was the Botanical garden but the sculpture garden was open. In a nice park like setting there was a large collection of pieces. At the entry was a Henry Moore sculpture. There were mobiles and a cat sculpture among others. It is a pleasant 20 minute walk or a place to sit quietly.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“Art. Free. Beautiful surroundings. Nuff said.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a very nice selection of modern sculptures from all around the world. This is a fairly unmissable part of New Orleans and is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the French quarter.....very nice gallery just next door too.

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Torrance, CA
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“Don't miss the gardens!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The sculpture gardens are free, exceptionally well maintained, and full of inspiring, comical, artful, and just plain confusing sculptures in a beautiful setting. Can't recommend them too highly. It'll take about 2 hours to adequately experience the place. By the way, 4 of us spent 8 days in New Orleans in October, 2013, visiting all the standard sites along with some odd-places. At the end of it all we thought the place most deserving of recommendation to future travelers to New Orleans is the sculpture gardens...although a close second would be Preservation Hall...but that's for another review

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“Art & Fresh Air”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

There was a lot of different sculptures nestled along the paths, lagoons and oaks. I could spend hours here lounging, reading a book, taking in the fresh air (in the Fall/Winter time).

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Pearl River, Louisiana, United States
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“Awesome Art for Free!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The sculpture garden is a well kept secret in New Orleans. Lots of interesting sculptures, beautiful reflecting pond. Stately old oak trees and a lily garden. All for free. When you're finished gazing go across the street for beignets and coffee without all the tourist crowd.

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