Clarion Inn & Suites
1300 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
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Arts & Museums
At Musee Conti Wax Museum, see life-sized, costumed wax figures of the people who made New Orleans and Louisiana famous, including a number of historic figures like President A. Jackson, Jean Lafitte and musicians Pete Fountain and Louis Armstrong. A number of costumes are also on display, including some spectacular Mardi Gras attire. Visitors can also experience the Haunted Dungeon, occupied by "Masters of the Macabre," such as Edgar Allen Poe and Victor Hugo. You almost expect them to reach out and grab you. Although currently closed to the public, you can call to arrange an event or a group tour.
Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum is located on the second floor of Arnaud's Restaurant. It is dedicated to his daughter, Germaine Cazenave Wells who was crowned queen of 22 carnival balls for 17 different krewes during a 31-year period (1937-1968). On display are many of her ball gowns, costumes and accessories worn by other family members. The entrance is through the restaurant and admission is free.
Located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Windsor Fine Art offers some excellent pieces of art. If you cherish the works of Rembrandt, Picasso, Dali and Durer, then you must make a visit here. Acrylic sculptures of Michael Wilkinson are also on display. The staff is efficient and friendly and will assist you in every possible way to make your visit a memorable one.
Old has made a comeback in a big way this century. It's the height of sophistication for the home to be furnished with inlaid period furniture. The older it is, the better. Ornate, intricate, hand-crafted, and chiseled are the different kind of designs that appeal to the masses today. There are various stores that make dead ringer copies but nothing can replace the charm of the real McCoy. Imagine caressing the smooth, polished surface of a Beidermeier and realizing that the piece once graced a stately lord's mansion and now, you possess it.
This muralist turned gallery artist has made a name for himself by painting many colorful representations of the New Orleans street life. Each of Brice's pieces at Bruce Brice Gallery is brightly colored and is perfect for those looking to spice up their collection. Bruce exhibits his work with other African-American artists in New Orleans Center Mall in the Central Business District. Limited editions as well as originals are available for purchase.
Hermann-Grima House is a historic home of a prosperous Creole family who enjoyed an exquisitely elegant lifestyle. Built in 1831, this beautiful Federal mansion has a rear gallery that overlooks a beautiful courtyard. The huge central hall and gracefully curved staircases give you the feel of the bygone Golden age of New Orleans. Original beds, antique furniture and other items displayed lets you take a peep into the daily life of American Creole families before the Civil war. Restored to its original splendor fastidiously, the huge mansion showcases American architecture of 1800s. Tours are conducted Monday to Friday at 10 am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Alexander and Victor are all about fine art. It's therefore not surprising to see a mélange of colors and ideas sitting pretty on their gallery walls. The place features artists from all over the world, including, Fabian Perez, Gantner, Vidan, and Govenzensky. Statues and curios are also on display. Watch out for exhibitions and shows that happen time and again. The art works are retailed to collectors and those interested in owning a Castano creation.
Bryant Galleries of New Orleans was established in 1965 and displays a variety of Haitian, European and American works. People discuss in hushed voices, while walking through the gallery appreciating the paintings, graphics and sculptures. Wait, watch and absorb the serene look on the faces in paintings. The works of such famous names as Nierman, Alvar, Dwight, Flatmann, Mitchell and others have been displayed here.
This is the French Quarter's only gallery dedicated entirely to hand blown glass art. This family owned business features a gallery of glass art by a number of talented artists, such as Kelsey Murphy and Daniel Lotton. Each Item is unique and beautifully rendered, featuring everything from antique to contemporary pieces. The gallery also offers tours by appointment. The gallery of pieces is also online and shipping is available.
The Manheim family has had a long intimate association with fine arts appreciation since 1919. Bernard Manheim fled Austria and set up an antique gallery and cabinet shop, which to this date serves as the Manheim Galleries. An eye for art is a skill that Ida Manheim has picked up from her famous art curator father, when she accompanied him on his world buying trips. The same skill and eye for detail is put to use when she works with a client. Her clientèle include famous celebrities, dignitaries and even art connoisseurs.
James Michalopoulos expresses the feeling and spirit of New Orleans on canvas with vivid colors and a distinctive style. The Michalopoulos Gallery of New Orleans showcases these original paintings along with giclees, posters, prints and limited edition serigraphs made from the original artwork. Don’t miss the opportunity to stop in this French Quarter gallery to admire original works or to purchase a piece to display in your home. -Bethany Culp
Ethnic tribal jewelry, Louis XVI furniture, textile, and Impressionist masterpieces are few of the things that can be found at this 12,000 square feet gallery. Housing the finest artwork and antique collection, interior decorators and museum curators have long since hidden this lamp as a treasured secret. So take a stroll through the French Quarter and take home a piece of history with you.