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Contemporary Arts Center

Arts District / Warehouse District
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Address: 900 Camp St., At St. Joseph's, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Cool space

Nice building. It's pretty cool on the inside as well- invoking an industrial as well as a Serra-like feel. They were unfortunately renovating, only a couple of exhibits were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 November 2016
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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Nice building. It's pretty cool on the inside as well- invoking an industrial as well as a Serra-like feel. They were unfortunately renovating, only a couple of exhibits were open. Hence reasonably, the entry was free as well. A good cafe and shop inside.

1 Thank KANewYork
North Little Rock, Arkansas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The building looked cool from the outside and we love visiting art museums when traveling. Admission was $10/pp.... Which was about $10 too much. This should really be a donation only attraction. A handful of pictures were sporadically hung on the walls.... Along with other pieces a "art" that were freestanding. It really was quite horrible. Lighting our $20 on... More 

Thank Noelle H
Takoma Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

The show that was up took the entire building into consideration. More importantly the work engaged the viewer in a fantastical way by compelling the view to ask what was being looked at, was this part of the interior design or is it the art? In the end it was obviously the art and I look forward to the next... More 

Thank Brian B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

It cost me $26 to stare at nothing; there was three levels of galleries, but one floor was white walls with three random black canvases, another gallery was of a film just talking about the streets, and the last floor was black cubes on the floor. I'm sure there was a message to be found in these galleries, but I... More 

1 Thank Desi P
Chesterland, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

The range of opinions on the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans are all valid - it all just depends on what interests you. The CAC is located across the street from the Ogden Museum of Art, which is larger and has a more extensive collection, including a fair amount of contemporary art. If you need to pick one, you... More 

1 Thank ElaineAndGreg
Jacksonville, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Waste of time and money. Hardly any art inside and the art they did have was overwhelmingly typical and uninspiring. Go instead to galleries on Julia Street or across the street to the awesome Ogden. Very disappointed. No food in the "cafe" either.

Thank CitraJames
Jacksonville, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Very disappointed with this museum. Looking at the four-story building, you'd think it would be full of art. Not so much. Museum is only on the bottom two floors and the work is sporadic and unimpressive. Go next door to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. That's what you're looking for:-)

Thank Jennifer P
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

What a disappointment. Spartan exhibits with little attraction. Save your money and your time. Instead, go across the street to the Ogden Museum Much more satisfying.

Thank Raymon N
Gulf Breeze, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015

For such an enormous building, I was disappointed in the volume of contemporary work on display. The major exhibit “En Mas’ Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” filled an entire floor but is primarily video. Often the earphones didn’t work. One audio earphone was in Spanish. Information boards about the pieces are across from the exhibits in dimly lighted... More 

Thank Diane S
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2015

It's true that there aren't a lot of exhibits here, but the space is unique and beautiful and the art that is there is interesting. It's worth taking a look and is right across the street from the Museum for Contemporary Southern Art which is not to be missed.

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Arts District / Warehouse District
Once a thriving industrial zone, today this district is home to a buzzing arts scene with an amazing assortment of galleries, boutiques, and studios having moved in and set up shop throughout the disused warehouses for which the area is so well known. Much of the art you'll come across here is local in scope, ownership and inspiration. However, among the many old brick warehouses are modern structures of steel and glass housing large-scale cultural institutions of national prominence such as the National World War II Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Just as eye catching as what’s on view inside the galleries and museums is the chance to see your ship come in at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal, which serves as a wistful reminder of the city’s historic maritime prominence.
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