Edgar Degas House Impressionist Tour in New Orleans
Led by the great-grandniece of the famous Impressionist artist himself, this guided tour of the historic Degas House takes you through Edgar Degas’ former New Orleans home and art studio. Experience first-hand the setting that inspired many of his masterpieces, and tour the surrounding Creole neighborhood to see locations referenced in Degas' New Orleans letters. You also have the choice to enjoy a lovely breakfast with Bloody Marys and mimosas in the courtyard before your tour, or take a walking tour of the nearby New Orleans Museum of Modern Art.
At your selected tour time, take a walk along New Orleans’ tree-lined Esplanade Avenue to the Degas House, the only home of Degas anywhere in the world that’s open to the public. This historic house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is included in the French National Order of Arts and Letters.
Here, you’ll meet the great-grandnieces of the legendary French Impressionist artist himself. One of these professional art historians will be your guide for this walking tour, providing you with personal insight and intimate details about the artist’s life and work.
Start by watching the award-winning documentary Degas in New Orleans, a Creole Sojourn. Travel back in time to the 1800s to when Degas was one of the leading artists of the French Impressionist movement. As you’ll learn, his full talent didn’t truly emerge until he spent a year living at the house with his family, prominent New Orleans cotton brokers, from 1872 to 1873. According to art historians and Degas scholars, all of his 18 paintings made in New Orleans were created in this house.
You’ll tour both the two main houses – which double now as a museum and bed and breakfast – as well as the courtyard and the artist’s studio. Beautifully restored period furnishings are on display inside the house, re-creating the ambience of Degas' times. As you wander, you’ll see first-hand the settings outside of Paris that inspired many of Degas’ most famous paintings, and you’ll admire reproductions of his paintings adorned the walls. Be sure to check out the gift shop for one-of-a-kind Degas-inspired souvenirs!
New Orleans Museum of Modern ArtSelect this option to include a walking tour of the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art, located just a short walk away from the Degas House. With your guide, continue reveling in Degas' masterful artistry on a leisurely stroll through this world-renowned museum, featuring more of the artist's beautiful Impressionist paintings.
Courtyard Breakfast Rise early for an authentic Creole breakfast served at 9am in the Degas House's courtyard before your tour. This lovely setting provides the perfect ambiance to start your day. If you select this option, you’ll be treated to a cooked-to-order, homemade breakfast, with offerings such as French waffles with fresh fruit, over-sized Creole omelets with a choice of fillings or French toast topped with caramelized bananas. Enjoy complimentary Bloody Marys or mimosas with your meal!
- Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
- Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
- Departure point: 2306 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
- Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes (Approx.)
- Return Details: Returns to original departure point
- Professional art historian guide
- Viewing of award-winning documentary
- Breakfast with drinks (if option selected)
- Entry/Admission - Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour
- Additional dood and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
What To Bring
- Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
- Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
- A Smile!
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable shoes are recommended
Average 4.33 out of 5 stars based on 15 verified reviews from Cool Puerto Vallarta and TripAdvisor
Such a great tour of a really beautiful house. I learned a lot about my favorite painter and his family. There were definitely parts about his life I did not know about. Learning about his family was also very interesting and what life was like in New Orleans back then. Our tour guide was excellent and she definitely knew her history. Afterwards we also did a short walking tour around the neighborhood and learned about some of the beautiful surrounding homes. Highly recommend doing this!
It was very interesting to learn about the history of Degas, his family and how his time in New Orleans influenced his work and his life. Further, we were intrigued by the history of the house and how it came to it's present form. This is was a great opportunity to get deeper into the history of the city and see a part of the city we had not visited before. We included the breakfast as part of our tour and were delighted. Although it was unusually cold the day we were there, and we could not sit and enjoy it in the courtyard, we very much enjoyed having our meal in the dining room, visiting with the kitchen staff and the guests of the bed and breakfast.
It was a very informative tour and our tour guide was well versed in the history, which made the story telling aspect come to live when we were on the grounds.
This is a great tour for anyone interested in art, Impressionist painters or New Orleans history. Although Degas only lived in the house, since separated into two homes, with his brother and family for six months, his mother was from New Orleans, there is a rich history to this period of his life and the change brought to his art. Both the houses are incorporated into the tour. The family alone could be a book. Even though we are all familiar with Edgar Degas work, the insight behind many of his works is explained in enlightening detail. We left with a entirely new perspective of this great artist.
Adding to the depth of intimate knowledge, and charm, is that the tour is hosted by the Great-Grand nieces of Degas himself.
This tour was amazing!
Petit déjeuné très copieux mais surtout nous avons passé un très bon moment avec une descendante de Degas qui nous a ravis
Good overview of the time Degas spent in New Orleans. Video taped intro was comprehensive intro to Degas' life, family and artistic style. Tour guide conducted thorough tour of home, occupants and room useage.
The tour is interesting. Our guideguide was related to Degas which was fascinating. The video could have been shorter.
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