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Edgar Degas House Impressionist Tour in New Orleans

New Orleans, United States

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Spend a morning or afternoon in Impressionist‐era New Orleans with a tour of Edgar Degas’ former home and art studio, led by his great-grandniece. See the grand interior spaces that provided the setting for many of Degas works, learn about the artist’s Creole roots and stroll under the beautiful oaken canopy along Esplanade Avenue. Extend your tour with optional upgrades including a courtyard breakfast beforehand or a visit to the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art.
  • Tour of the Degas House in New Orleans
  • Explore the former home and art studio of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas
  • Learn intimate details about this historic home from your guide, Degas’ actual great-grandniece!
  • See first-hand where Degas found inspiration for many of his greatest masterpieces
  • Peruse the gift shop for unique Degas-inspired souvenirs
  • Upgrade to enjoy a wonderful courtyard breakfast before your tour
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Professional art historian guide
Viewing of award-winning documentary
Breakfast with drinks (if option selected)
Additional dood and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

2306 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA

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Returns to original departure point
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.
  • 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 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Degas House, LLC

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  • "If you want to learn more about Degas, this tour is for you." See review
  • "Tour info said tour was supposed to start at 10:15 if you did breakfast, but it was actually the standard tour starting at 10;30." See review


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Very Thorough History...
, Apr 2021
The great grand niece of Edgar Degas was our tour’s docent and she was excellent. She had a wonderful warm, friendly demeanor and was very approachable for us to ask many questions. The home itself was interesting and much of the tour is spent discussing the house itself. Other tour highlights included learning about Degas’s painting evolvement into Impressionist style and the brief walking tour around the house’s neighborhood. The optional breakfast that we purchased with our ticket admission was pretty good but was disorganized though the food was pretty good. I would recommend this tour for art lovers. It runs close to two hours in length.
, Nov 2020
Joanie was delightful. Very knowledgeable about the family and history. Very insightful about the family's influence on Degas's painting.
Great breakfast, lovely house, mediocre tour
, Jan 2020
Breakfast was great. But description should note that it's not a set time, you eat with B&B guests and can arrive later than 9, you order and they serve as people arrive. Tour was disappointing. Lovely house, but didn't get to see much of it because all upstairs rooms are B&B and people were staying in it. Tour info said tour was supposed to start at 10:15 if you did breakfast, but it was actually the standard tour starting at 10;30. Started with a 30 minute video on a TV, could've watched it online, and made tour very long. Description said Tourguide was part of family, but she wasn't. The Walking tour portion was just one block. If we hadn't had a great breakfast, I would've been so disappointed.
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Visit Degas' House!
Marcia M
, Dec 2019
If you want to learn more about Degas, this tour is for you. Very informative and interesting, with excellent guide. Parts of exhibit need some TLC but the house is beautiful.
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Larry K
, Oct 2019
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.
Such a great tour of a really...
Laura H
, Mar 2018
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...
Scott L
, Mar 2018
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...
, Dec 2017
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...
, Nov 2017
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.
The tour is interesting. Our...
, Jul 2017
The tour is interesting. Our guideguide was related to Degas which was fascinating. The video could have been shorter.

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