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Edgar Degas House Impressionist Tour in New Orleans provided by Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour

Edgar Degas House Impressionist Tour in New Orleans

Edgar Degas House Impressionist Tour in New Orleans
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About
Learn all about Impressionist artist Edgar Degas’ time in New Orleans—and explore the beautifully preserved mansion he once resided in—when you book an art historian-led tour of the Edgar Degas House. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and make your own way to the landmark. You’ll watch a documentary about the artist’s life, will see artworks and artifacts, and will view his former studio space. You can also upgrade to enjoy a delicious Creole breakfast in the courtyard.
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  • Duration: 3h 15m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 15m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Bypass the tourist trail, and discover a surprising chapter in local history
Learn all about the life and works of Degas from your art-historian guide
Pick between morning and afternoon tour times to fit your schedule
Upgrade to enjoy a Creole breakfast in the museum’s courtyard
What to expect
Choose the morning or afternoon for your historic tour and enjoy a stroll down New Orleans’ picturesque Esplanade Avenue – dubbed ‘Millionaire’s Row’ for the prosperous Creole population that lived there – to the Degas House. This elegant property was the home and workplace of Edgar Degas during his five‐month sojourn from France, notably the only US journey made by any French painter of the Impressionist period.   Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a congenial host – one of Degas’ great‐grandnieces who manage the historic site. Begin your tour with a short viewing of the documentary A Creole Sojourn, an award‐winning film that details Degas’ stay in New Orleans, a critical turning point in his life and work. Learn about Degas’ Creole relations and the 18 paintings that he supposedly created in the house. Then take a more informed tour of the property that is listed in the French National Order of Arts and Letters and the National Register of Historic Places. Your art historian guide will lead you through the property’s principal houses that now serve as a museum and a bed and breakfast. Learn intimate information about Degas life and work, appreciate immaculate period artifacts and furnishings, and see the settings that inspired Degas’ portrayals of Louisiana – the only scenes of 19th century American life depicted by an impressionist artist.New Orleans Museum of Modern ArtAdd this upgrade your guide will escort you to the New Orleans Museum of Art following your house tour. There, you’ll have a chance to see more stunning work by Degas among the museum’s remarkable 40,000‐piece collection.  Courtyard BreakfastSelect this add‐on and arrive by 9am for an intimate courtyard breakfast before your morning tour. Soak up the distinctive beauty of the space as you enjoy a made‐to‐order meal featuring French waffles with fresh fruit, Creole Omelets, and French toast topped with caramelized bananas paired with a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 6039DEGAS
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Professional art historian guide • Viewing of award-winning documentary • Breakfast with drinks (if option selected) • Entry/Admission - Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour
Exclusions
Additional dood and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Gratuities
Duration
3h 15m
Departure details
2306 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA Departure Point: The Degas House, New Orleans Address: 2306 Esplanade Avenue Dates: Daily
Inclusions
Professional art historian guide • Viewing of award-winning documentary • Breakfast with drinks (if option selected) • Entry/Admission - Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour
Exclusions
Additional dood and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Gratuities
Departure details
2306 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA Departure Point: The Degas House, New Orleans Address: 2306 Esplanade Avenue Dates: Daily
Duration
3h 15m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable shoes are recommended
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
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Stace62
Minnedosa, Canada18 contributions
The Degas House
Feb 2020 • Couples
One of the first things we did with our NO Sightseeing Pass. We weren’t sure what we were in for but it was very entertaining. Loved the interesting stories about the history of NOLA. There a great coffee shop close by The Pagoda Cafe.
Written 21 February 2020
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L S
New Orleans, LA6 contributions
Romantically Racist
Oct 2019 • Friends
I was really disappointed in this tour to say the least... the tour guide talked alot about the wealth of the family and how they invested so much in the Confederate South and how they so sadly lost it all and of the families misfortune without mentioning about how the family aquired the wealth in the first place. Musson was a cotton broker, whats that I asked? "I'm not sure..." "Did they own slaves?" "No..." But what about their slave quarters at their mansion in the Garden District...? And no mention of slavery at all in the entire tour?!? I'm so tired of these tours of these homes and plantations that glamorize the wealth and the sob story how they lost it all after the civil war and skim over slavery as if it was some kind of just unfortunate event, not even needing a mention. I urge all tour guides in New Orleans to go to the Whitney plantation so they can learn and teach people the truth about slavery in New Orleans instead skipping it and romanticizing it, it's your moral responsible as historians.
Written 27 January 2020
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greatwools
Victoria, Canada20 contributions
Knowledgeable guide, but needs to be more succinct...
Dec 2019
I visited this museum as part of the NOLA Power Pass which I had for three days. I also ate breakfast here, which was good, but meant that I spent the entire morning on this one event. As other reviewers have indicated, it's quite a bit off the beaten track, so you will need to take a cab or be prepared to walk a long way. While I did enjoy the house tour somewhat, really, it could have been accomplished in a third of the time. It's hard to stand up for two hours and the guide, who I believe is the artist's great niece, while passionate, could be more economical in her delivery. I finally left because I had other things to do that day and there was no end in sight after two full hours. I would suggest that you could do this as a self-guided tour with head phones whereby you click on a number and receive succinct information on what you're looking at. I was also disappointed that there was no original art there.
Written 4 January 2020
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Marla T
5 contributions
Fascinating architecture, disappointed in lack of original works!
Dec 2019
I had wanted to go to this museum ever since my last visit to NOLA because I am an art history lover. However, although I found the history of the house and the neighborhood fascinating, I was somewhat disappointed by the fact that there were no original works of art in the museum and that the house is rented out as a bed and breakfast. It seemed to bring down the level of mystique, somewhat. Our guide was very good and passionate about Degas but I was disappointed that I wasn't given time to buy something in the gift shop at the end. I don't even know if there was a gift shop. The biggest issue I had with this tour was that it is so far down on Esplanade Road. It's a long walk, really long from the end of the French Quarter, Rampart Street. We had to take a Uber home. There is a bus, but the wait takes forever. I would not recommend it for the money, at $25 it's rather expensive.
Written 18 December 2019
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Knossh
Fresno, CA3 contributions
4th Grade Level Tour
Nov 2019
We wanted this to be a good tour and experience. Unfortunately it just wasn't. As a fan of Degas and his works I knew we'd be visiting the house and not an art museum, and I wasn't expecting to see any original pieces of artwork. There are other museums to have that experience.

Here's the thing; please don't start what is to be a 60-90 minute tour by forcing us to watch a 30-40 minute PBS documentary from the late 90's that is definitely showing its age. We're actually HERE! I'm on vacation to see and experience things that I can't from home and while I may not be able to find this exact film due to its age and quality, I can certainly watch other award-winning documentaries about Degas from the comfort of my home.

There are times that a multimedia experience can add to the overall impact of an in-person experience, but if you are going to do anything...do it right. Get a quality multimedia setup and not a cheap $100 TV with no speakers that muffles the narrator's voice and makes it tough to impossible for a room to understand. If you are going to show a film, do it well. If you are going to show a film, let your docent expound on that information and not criticize or contradict it for being wrong. Our docent made multiple statements that a couple facts in the video were wrong and "they don't know what they are talking about". Your own docent then diminishes the experience that you just asked us to enjoy.

The docent was rude and curt throughout...often stumbling mightily over her tour points and complaining about everything; the computers aren't working, someone moved my demonstration, I think this rule is stupid, etc. She also at one time in the tour insulted a tour attendee not in our party who sneezed, demanded no one look at their phones during the tour otherwise she'd lose her train of thought, and more. Regardless of her connection to Degas and the home, her attitude diminished the experience.

Finally, don't expect anything original here. No original paintings or artwork which is to be expected. But even the elements on the tour are of the quality of a class project and certainly not up to the standards of a quality experience...outside of your memories of your 4th grade classroom. Poster board diagrams, a meddling timeline of his life on computer printouts taped to one wall, etc. Again, if you need a visual aid, do it right. Hire a professional or spend some time at Kinkos to have quality visual aids and materials created that show your passion for Degas and your tour experience.

This should have been at most a 30 minute tour, not 90, and an experienced, nice, and well presented tour and guide would have improved the experience.
Written 19 November 2019
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,488 contributions
Hmmm, mixed views
Oct 2019 • Couples
On a positive note our tour guide was knowledgeable and quite amusing. More negatively its way too long at 2 hours and could easily be condensed to an hour or so.

IMO the tour was overly detailed and repetitive in places. Some of the tour really didn't relate much to Degas who only stayed with his uncle here for 6 months. The 30 min intro movie could be cut to half that time (it is also has factual inaccuracies as more has been learnt since it was made) and I didn't feel the neighbourhood stroll added much.

Its also a bit disappointing that the house contains no original material from that period, save a couch and chairs. Everything is a reproduction.

I also think reducing the tour time from 2 to 1 hours would result in more takers as its pretty long if you're only in town for a few days and there is such a lot to see and do. It's also about 1.5 miles from the French Quarter so not that easy to get to. I would suggest negotiating a stop with the trolley tour company.

It was interesting to learn more about Degas, his family and some of the family scandals but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it was more succinct.
Written 20 October 2019
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degashouse
Hello! We value your opinion greatly, thank you for your review and we will take your advice into consideration. As for the art we don't have any originals due to the fact that we are also a bed and breakfast and event venue.
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AnniK_K
Macon, MO199 contributions
Great tour
Sep 2019
This was a wonderful experience with a great guide - a nice insight into Degas' stay in NOLA and the influence this trip had on his work. Wish we could have seen some of the upstairs, but all rooms were occupied, so that was not possible.
Written 1 October 2019
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degashouse
Thank you for your review. Sorry you could not view the rooms due to people staying in them. You can view pictures of them on our website however at https://www.degashouse.com/en-us
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Meghan S
2 contributions
Delicious breakfast, Informative tour, but a few critiques. Thank
Aug 2019 • Couples
The breakfast was delicious and the staff was super sweet and hospitable. A couple of critiques: the air conditioning was subpar and in August it was very hot and uncomfortable. In addition the paintings were not originals and it was disappointing that the reproductions sometimes were on poster board and in poor condition. The tour itself was very informative and I enjoyed learning about the painters life in New Orleans and family structure immensely!
Written 31 August 2019
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Susan C
2 contributions
Degas House and breakfast was a great experience
Aug 2019
My sister and I started the tour with breakfast at the Degas House. The setting was beautiful, overlooking the back patio of the house. The food and service was excellent. I can't thank the breakfast staff enough for the hospitality they showed.
The tour itself was informative, the guide was knowledgeable and provided alot of interesting facts about Degas and his family. I loved seeing copies of his works and learning more about the inspiration behind them.
We couldn't view the second floor because of bed and breakfast bookings. I do wish the gift store had prices on the items it offers for sale.
Written 18 August 2019
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Shawn R
1 contribution
Not what I expected
Jul 2019 • Friends
It was not at all what I was imagining after all the great reviews I was very disappointed. It may have been our guide but she seemed to ramble on a lot and get sidetracked. I could have been a 20 minute tour but instead it’s an hour and a half long tour with a 30 minute video and we didn’t even get to see the whole house. There was also going to be a wedding later in the day and there were random people that kept having to walk by us. They were also making food for the wedding in one of the rooms and we had to crowd in there with them and it was very awkward. I am not one to do reviews but I felt it needed with all the good reviews of this place.
Written 28 July 2019
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Interesting insight on the artist and history of New Orleans
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Wonderful!
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Wonderful look into Degas time in America
This was one of my favorite things in New Orleans. The tour starts with a movie that is very well done and there i
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Wonderful tour and breakfast
We did the breakfast and museum tour recently and thoroughly enjoyed our dose of culture. One does not have to be i
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The only Degas home open to the public
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Wonderful tour and breakfast !
Lovely brunch in the Degas house, wonderful tour explaining Degas' connection to New Orleans and all the history. D
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Perfect for lovers of art and history and New Orleans!
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An extraordinary in depth experience!
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