Established in 2000, the mission of the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History (NOAAM) is "to preserve, interpret and promote the African American cultural heritage of New Orleans, with a particular emphasis on the Tremé community.
Please excuse our appearance—The NOAAM’s new website is under construction. The Museum is currently closed for renovation of its facilities. During the renovations phase, the Museum continues to provide Treme-based neighborhood walking tours. See details below. Please visit our Facebook page to keep informed of Museum updates.
The Tremé Walking Tour: Registration Details
Faubourg Tremé is one of the oldest and certainly largest pre-Civil war communities of free people of color (les gens de couleur libres). The Museum’s Tremé Walking Tour provides visitors with a unique opportunity to explore the area’s rich and vibrant colonial and post-colonial history with one of our licensed tour guides. Tour highlights include St. Augustine Church, with its “tomb of the unknown slave”; a delightful row of Creole cottages that evinces the area’s diverse architectural history, and a discussion of 19th and 20th-century Tremé-based artists and musicians. Congo Square is a significant component of the tour, showcasing the Square’s various incarnations as an auctioning site during the period of enslavement; a recreational gathering space for enslaved Africans, free people of color and others, and an open-air marketplace. The Tremé Walking Tour covers a distance of approximately one mile. All tours, including private tours, may be requested and secured by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by requesting a tour at 504-566-1136.
Photo of the Villa Meilleur: Jimmie Thorns, Jr.
A Renaissance in Tremé featuring PJ Morton
Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Basin Street Station
Join us for an intimate night of music, spirits and cuisine featuring Grammy nominated singer PJ Morton benefitting the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History. Tickets are General Admission and are available in advance at eventbrite.com.
Transformation of the Museum’s Facilities
The Museum’s Five-Year Capital Campaign will provide vital support for an ambitious and visionary facilities expansion that includes increased gallery and collections management space, meeting facilities, a reading room, a gift shop, coffee shop/cafe, a new kitchen, updated restrooms facilities, and refined landscaping.
Our new campus will be complemented by an exciting schedule of programming that includes dynamic fine art and social history exhibitions, captivating lectures, tours and film series. The Museum will continue to serve as a venue for community-based gatherings such as student art workshops, organizational retreats and meeting-place for local non-profits. Together, all of these initiatives represent the Museum’s transformation into a vibrant center for informative and engaging programming for local, national and international audiences.
Rendering by Billes Partners
News and Updates
Mora Beauchamp-Byrd Joins the NOAAM as Interim Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History (NOAAM) has recently announced the selection of Dr. Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd as Interim Executive Director at the Museum. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies. She also holds a B.A. in Art History and an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University (NYU), and earned an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University.
Beauchamp-Byrd brings a wealth of curatorial, fundraising and program administration positions to the Museum. She has worked at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, where she was Assistant Director for Mellon Initiatives in the Research and Academic Program; The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, where she was Director and Curator of the Visual Arts Department; The Caribbean Cultural Center (NY), where she was Curator and Director of Special Projects, and at The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Most recently, she was Assistant Professor of Art History and Curator of University Art Collections at Xavier University of Louisiana from 2008-2013.
Right: Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Photo by Christa Blackwood
In November 2013, a stabilization project, granted approval by the Historic District Landmarks Commission, was initiated on Passebon Cottage on the Museum campus.
Passebon, an historic, plastered-brick Creole cottage, was built in 1843.
NOAAM Board President Marsha Broussard with exhibiting artist EPaul Julien at opening reception for "EPaul Julien: A 10-Year Retrospective," December 2014
NOAAM Staff and NOAAM Board members with the Honorable Marc Morial (standing, fourth from right), CEO & President of the National Urban League and Honorary Chairperson of the NOAAM Capital Campaign, at holiday reception, December 30, 2013 (Left to right: Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, NOAAM Interim Executive Director; NOAAM Current and former Board members Irvin Mayfield, Geoffrey Snodgrass, Alonzo Knox, Michael Todd, Gina Recasner, Morial, Frank Williams, Gina Monette, Adolph Bynum
and Gail Glapion (seated))
Contact the Museum
1418 Governor Nicholls Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone (504) 566-1136
NOAAM Board and Staff
Interim Executive Director:
Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, PhD