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Gambit: Need to cool off? How to get into New Orleans museums for free

The New Orleans Museum of Art offers Louisiana residents free admission on Wednesdays, and its expanded outdoor Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden has free admission every day.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN D'ADDARIO

One of the many perks of living in New Orleans is access to the city’s plethora of museums. Another perk? Louisiana residents get in free on select days thanks to the Helis Foundation and other programs. Here’s the who/what/where on free and discounted museum day passes around the city.

Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St., 504-528-3800;

Louisiana residents get free admission on Sundays. Children and students up to 12th grade get in free daily. Students and seniors get $2 off admission. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wedsnday-Monday.

There’s free admission for Louisiana residents on Wednesdays and for teenagers through the end of 2019. Teens may pick up their pass at NOMA’s front desk or online. There are discounts for seniors, active military and university students with ID. Hours vary daily, closed Mondays. Check out the newly renovated Besthoff Sculpture Garden while you’re at it. Admission is free.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp St., 504-539-9650;

Free admission for Louisiana residents is available Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stick around for the Ogden After Hours Thursday music series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. University of New Orleans (UNO) students, faculty and staff get in free daily with ID, as do employees of other art institutions with ID or business card. Discounts for students, teachers, military service members, children and teenagers under 18.

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