Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden - New Orleans City Park

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden


The twelve-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States, with over 90 sculptures situated on a beautifully landscaped site among meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, mature pines, magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges. 

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden occupies approximately eleven acres in City Park adjacent to the museum. Originally conceived in 2003, the Sculpture Garden doubled in size in 2019. 

See highlights of the Sculpture Garden in a virtual tour produced in partnership with the Google Arts & Culture Initiative.

The New Orleans Museum of Art, which manages the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, is its own 501c3 non-profit managed and operated independent of City Park Conservancy. 

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Due to a special event at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), on Friday, December 2, the inbound entrance to Lelong Drive into City Park by the NOMA will be closed from 7AM to 7PM, in addition to surrounding streets, including Enrique Alferez Drive and Collins Diboll Circle.  For Celebration in the Oaks entrance impact, click here: Maps & Directions – Celebration in the Oaks.