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  • Leslie Straughan | December 11, 2015 9:00 AM ET

    Explore New Orleans: The Warehouse/Arts District

    Explore New Orleans: The Warehouse/Arts District

    New Orleans is synonymous with the French Quarter, but there are more than 10 areas of town with their own personality that a visitor could spend time exploring.

    The Warehouse District, an area of New Orleans spanning the edge of the city next to the Mississippi River, between Uptown and the French Quarter, is one of those places.

    Also known as the Arts District, the area features numerous art galleries and the Contemporary Arts Center, which holds performances as well as performance classes.  The area is also home to various museums, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Confederate Museum and the National World War II Museum.

    The National World War II Museum is a highlight of the Warehouse District as the top rated tourist attraction in New Orleans and TripAdvisor’s No. 3 museum in the country.  The National WWII museum covers six acres of land with five connected buildings, each with a specific theme of exhibitions.  The Road to Tokyo, an addition to one of the galleries, will open next month.  This new exhibit will focus on Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ involvement in the war following these attacks.  This additional gallery is part of a $325 million expansion plan to make the museum an even better New Orleans attraction.

    Farther into the district you’ll find Julia Street, where one visit makes it clear why the area is also called the Arts District.  The street cuts across the entire district from the Mississippi River to Loyola Avenue, and is home to art gallery after art gallery.  The galleries show off the work of some of New Orleans’ best artists, entertaining for those seeking to expand their art collection, but also to those just interested in experiencing local art.

    Another wonderful attraction in the Arts District is the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.  This museum features works by Southern artists from various time periods.  If your client is interested in art, the Arts District of New Orleans will not disappoint.

    Once your client has grown weary of culture and history, they can stop at one of the many delicious restaurants in the Warehouse District.  Emeril’s, just off Lee Circle, is a New Orleans classic, the namesake restaurant of the world renowned chef.  Peche is another fantastic warehouse district option, led by award-winning Chef Donald Link and offering delectable seafood dishes.  Right on Julia Street, Root is another option in the area, a contemporary restaurant with a Spanish and French flair.

    The Warehouse District was previously an up-and-coming neighborhood, but now it has arrived.  With an endless list of things to do and places to eat, your clients can spend some of their time in New Orleans enjoying the various museums, restaurants and galleries the district is home to.  For more information about the Warehouse District or assistance booking your clients’ trips, please contact Leslie Straughan at 504-566-5018 or


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Leslie Straughan The New Orleans Beat

Leslie Straughan Leslie has more than 25 years of experience working in the tourism industry, specifically with travel professionals and the cruise market. A native of New Orleans, Leslie enjoys listening to live music and traveling with her daughter.
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