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Find New Orleans’s Soul at These 6 Mini-Museums

Go beyond Bourbon Street to drink up New Orleans history and culture at these fascinating small-scale museums.

Lavinia Spalding

Long famous for its nonstop festivals, spontaneous street-dancing, and gustatory binges, New Orleans is also known for—and rightfully proud of—the city’s rich and nuanced 300-year history. The best way to delve into its past—and learn about its extraordinary culture—is to visit one of New Orleans’s more unusual museums.

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The healthy wayfarer sitting beside the road scanning the horizon open before him, is he not the absolute master of the earth, the waters, and even the sky? What housedweller can vie with him in power and wealth? His estate has no limits, his empire no law. No work bends him toward the ground, for the bounty and beauty of the world are already his.” –Isabelle Eberhardt