An art museum may not be the first place that comes to mind when planning baby’s next outing, but with NOMA
‘s free admission to Louisiana residents on Wednesdays, there was no harm in trying.
On Edith’s first visit to NOMA, I readied my exit strategy: the free Sculpture Garden or walk around City Park’s Big Lake. Now, I feel like we’re more adventurous with our baby than most — it’s hard to name a restaurant that Edith hasn’t been to — but I was still nervous. It’s a baby. In a (hush) museum.
My #1 piece of advice for dining out with a child is to select a restaurant noisy enough to eclipse the sound of a baby … not possible at a museum. Of course, in true New Orleans fashion, other museum visitors were just as happy to smile at Edith as they were to see the latest exhibit. The elementary students on field trips bounded between sculptures, gleefully raising their hands as their tour guide asked them questions. It took all of 90 seconds for me to relax.
Once we got rolling, I got Edith out of her stroller at each major stop. Museum lighting isn’t built for someone 2 feet off the ground; the glare makes some paintings impossible to see. I pointed out different colors to Edith throughout the modern art collection and took an embarrassing number of pictures. Be warned and learn from my experience: Look beyond the pretty colors to the content of the art before posting a picture of your baby to Facebook. Modern art can get pretty, ahem, provocative. Aside from this unfortunate incident, NOMA is definitely FeedithNOLA approved for babies everywhere.