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address 1418 Gov. Nicholls St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
phone (504) 566-1136
open Wednesday – Saturday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm


The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture, and History is located in Tremé, the oldest surviving black community in the United States. The museum is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting the history and art of African Americans both in New Orleans and throughout the African diaspora. Visitors enjoy both established and emerging artists’ work in sculpture, painting, and other artistic expressions.

The museum features rotating exhibits as well as a fine collection of African artwork and crafts. Exhibits are always changing, so be sure to call ahead to find out what is on display. A centerpiece of the museum’s permanent holdings is Louisiana-Congo: The Bertrand Donation, a collection of exquisite African beadwork, costumes, masks, textiles, musical instruments, and divination objects. This 70-piece assortment of original African artwork from the Democratic Republic of Congo highlights parallels between the culture of the Congo and Louisiana folk culture.

The museum is housed in the beautiful Tremé Villa, considered by some to be one of the finest examples of a Creole villa in the city. Built in 1828-29, the home retains many of its original decorative details. In all, there are five restored buildings to visit.

Plan to spend some time in the serene gardens surrounding the villa. Located on the site of a former plantation, the beautifully landscaped grounds cover one city block. There are three main courtyards on the front, rear, and side. The side yard also features a lovely gazebo. Comfortable shoes are recommended, as many of the courtyards are made of original handmade bricks.