100 Westbank Expressway
Gretna, LA 70053
Phone: (504) 648-2143
Fax: (504) 648-2144
Arts & Museums
Showcasing the art of Gustavo Duque and his earthly landscapes, view his collection at the Duque Art Center by appointment only. Exhibiting since 1995, Duque began his artistic career in jail. He produced over two thousand paintings and drawings in the five years he spent in prisons. Today, his art is consigned for donation to charitable foundations and worth more than a million!
"I once had a farm in Africa..." If you recall the book or movie featuring American actress Meryl Streep, you may want to visit this store. Davis Gallery paints a beautiful, exotic picture of a beautiful, exotic continent. The pride in the traditions and heritage can be seen in these unique works of art. The owner makes trips to Africa on a regular basis, collecting sculptures, costumes, baskets, textiles, weapons and jewels. While you may not be sure where you would hang the hand-carved wooden masks, get them anyway. By appointment only.
Take a ride on the historic Saint Charles Streetcar and discover this life size doll house! Owner Bonnie Broel displays a collection of dolls including beautiful miniatures of Victorian, Tudor and plantation-style houses. This three storey Broel's Victorian Mansion and Doll House Museum, with fully restored antebellum home is also filled with an excellent selection of antique furnishings. This is a way to get some history and have a great time! For anyone planning a wedding at this facility, this is just the place to celebrate.
The Museum of the American Cocktail traces the colorful history of the American Cocktail—its ingredients, inventors, and evolution. Visitors will stumble upon classic cocktail shakers, bottles, prohibition-era literature and music, tools and other cocktail memorabilia. The artifacts are almost over 200 years old. The Museum hosts a series of informative and entertaining mixology seminars planned to coincide with popular events like Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, Jazz Fest, and Southern Comfort's 'Tales of the Cocktail'.
The National World War II Museum is made up of four sections, each containing a different exhibit. A variety of artifacts, testimonies and documents, particularly those chronicling the World War II period, are on display. There is a permanent exhibit, as well as temporary exhibits and electronic exhibits, all of which transport visitors back to that time in history.
Le Mieux Galleries is what the director refers to as, the Third Coast Art. Artists along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida create the works featured. A varied selection of styles are on display including oil on canvas, color and black and white photography, colored pencil, watercolors, wood/acrylic and monoprint. The gallery represents a number of artists, including Charles Barbier, Leslie Staub, Debra Howell, David Lambert, Nancie Warner and others. Le Mieux offers affordable art of the highest quality and a staff that willingly provides consultation in regard to individual and corporate needs.
Louisiana's Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall was established in 1899, when most of the artifacts were donated. Here, you can view a broad spectrum of items from the Civil War, including uniforms, weapons, ammunition, medical equipment, battle flags, and currency. Also on exhibit are the personal effects belonging to Confederate President Jefferson Davis and part of Robert E. Lee's silver camp service.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a repository of many of the things that make this area of the United States great. Fine art, architecture, folk art and artifacts of the bygone Southern era can be found here. You also find unique exhibitions, such as Looking Back, Looking Forward, Becoming Ida Kohlmeyer, Walter Anderson and Friends, Clementine Hunter and Melrose, the Treme Storytelling Quilt Project, and The Jazz.
Louisiana Children's Museum offers a toddler area and children's drama, dance, and puppet shows. There are also art and science exhibits, as well as hands-on math and physics exhibits, and a reproduction of a television studio. Many of the exhibits are geared toward learning through doing. This style of learning makes it fun for both parents and kids alike. This is a great rainy day field trip and a good place for anyone trying to get away from the "adult" aspects of the city.
This modern art exhibit center, located in a renovated warehouse, is the heart of the New Orleans' art community. The Contemporary Arts Center offers a series of seasonally rotating exhibitions, classes, lectures, performances, screenings, and concerts every year. The exhibits waver between traditional and alternative art forms with works from both local and national artists. The center also serves gourmet coffees and specialty wines as well as a variety of pastries and sandwiches. Check website for upcoming events.
Diva Gallery And Studio, this combination gallery and studio features an array of beautiful wares, some of which include stained glass, sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics and jewlery, just to name a few. You may even commission one of the many artists to create your own unique art work.
Should you wonder what gallery really started it all, look no further than Arthur Roger Gallery. Since its opening 20 years ago in New Orleans, it has set the standard by which all other galleries are measured. Roger's ties to the art world in New York have played a major role in the development of the art community in Crescent City. He sets the standard by daring to be different, with feature shows that are strong on local tradition as well as those spanning the far reaches of the world. This gallery represents such artists as Francis Pavy, Ida Kohlmeyer, Douglas Bourgeois, Ersy Schwartz, Paul Lucas, Willie Burch, Gene Koss and George Dureau.