museums

Perhaps nothing tells the story of a kitchen better than the objects that live in it. On this week’s show, we’re bringing in a panel of experts for an education on culinary antiques and collectibles.

Peter Ricchiuti and William Andrews, Director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

In New Orleans we often take pains to point out what makes us different from other places. It’s pretty common to hear comments like, “We’re not like the rest of the country” and “We’re not like the rest of the South.” So it’s ironic that two of New Orleans’ newest icons are representative of The South, and the rest of the country. And they’re just a few blocks away from each other: The World War II Museum and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

For the past 50 years, there has been one place you could see, without fail, James Audubon, Marie Laveau , Huey P. Long and Dracula, together in one room. But time is running out to mingle with Louisiana’s most notable historical figures. The Musée Conti Wax Museum is closing up shop at the end of the month.

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September 24 marks the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Rita. It hit the western part of the state less than a month after Katrina and re-flooded parts of New Orleans where the levees had failed. Lake Charles is holding a hurricane awareness day this Saturday in conjunction with ongoing efforts to open a new hurricane museum.

Anniversaries call for exhibitions, and art museums across New Orleans felt compelled to remember Hurricane Katrina as the 10th anniversary of its landfall approaches. But the anniversary shows at some of the city's most high-profile museums seem surprisingly understated, at least to outsiders' eyes. In fact, they barely seem to be about Katrina at all. "I didn't know that's what it was," says one baffled tourist when he's informed he's in the middle of a Katrina-related show called "The...

Stephen Watson, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National World War II Museum.
Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

In New Orleans we often take pains to point out what makes us different from other places. It’s pretty common to hear comments like, “We’re not like the rest of the country,” and “We’re not like the rest of the South.” So it’s ironic that two of New Orleans’ newest icons are representative of the South, and the rest of the country. A nd they’re just a few blocks away from each other: The National World War II Museum and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

In New Orleans we often take pains to point out what makes us different from other places. It’s pretty common to hear comments like, “We’re not like the rest of the country” and “We’re not like the rest of the South.” So it’s ironic that two of New Orleans’ newest icons are representative of The South, and the rest of the country. And they’re just a few blocks away from each other: The National World War II Museum and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

SoFAB Institute

Some museums offer a chance to connect with the highest achievements of art and ingenuity, to gaze over priceless wonders or to better understand pivotal moments of human history. At the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, some of what resonates most richly may be artifacts you once had in your pantry or old brand names whose jingles are still stuck in your head. You’re less likely to swoon over some rarified treasure as to delight in the recognition of something tied up with your own...

The 16 Louisiana state-run museums will be open a lot less – at least until June 30 – due to mid-year budget cuts. At the McNeill Street Pumping Station in Shreveport, this tiny museum operation is to be open to visitors one day a week – at most. Dale Ward has been a diehard volunteer at the waterworks museum since 1999. The cuts came down as the museum hit a record number of visitors last year – 4,800, according to Ward. “Those aren’t big numbers compared to the Old State Capitol in Baton...

Chris Kehoe

Big news on this week’s Louisiana Eats! We move into our new studios, located in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Oretha Castle Haley in Central City. SoFAB, as the museum is affectionately called, is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and related culture of the South. At SoFAB, all of the cultures that are part of the South’s unique culinary heritage come together, bringing all races and ethnicities to...

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