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Louisiana - Cultural Destinations

Louisiana - Cultural Destinations

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The New Orleans Art Museum focuses on French and American art, with works by Edgar Degas (who visited and painted in new Orleans in the early 1870s), Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Joan Miró. The museum also has a permanent collection of Fabergé eggs and a five-acre sculpture garden, with 50 sculptures in a landscape of 200-year-old live oaks, magnolias and camellias.

Also in New Orleans, the Ogden Museum has the largest collection of Southern art in the world, and smaller museums are dedicated to Mardi Gras, voodoo, children and African-American history.

Perhaps more than any other state, Louisiana is known for its food. New Orlean’s Café du Monde, in the French Quarter, is famous for its beignets—French donuts—and café au lait. Other signature New Orleans dishes include red beans and rice, jambalaya and po-boy sandwiches. The savory stews etouffée and gumbo are Cajun Country specialties, and crawfish can be found on almost every menu.

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