Field Trips at Degas House
Educational School Field Trips
Educational Field Trips are offered to school groups at Degas House. Students will experience and learn the personal side of the great French Impressionist Master, Edgar Degas. In the unique setting of Edgar Degas’ New Orleans home and private studio, students will learn about the life and work of the artist through discovery-oriented activities and cross-curricular connections with history, science, art and music.
Once your field trip is booked, Pre-visit Activities will be sent along with bus parking and drop-off information
• Field trips are offered with specific age-appropriate activities
• Preferred tour times are 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
• Optional breakfast buffet at 9 am can be added
• One Free chaperone for every 10 students
To make a reservation or obtain a Field Trip Application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (504) 821-5009 or (800) 755-6730.
Located on historic Esplanade Avenue, Degas House is the only home or studio of French Impressionist Edgar Degas in the world that is open to the public (Loyrette, 1998). Built in 1852 by architect Benjamin Rodriguez, the home was considered one of the most impressive of its day and is listed on the National Register of Historical places.
Degas came to New Orleans in 1872 and lived with his mother’s family, the Mussons, for four and a half months. He completed eighteen paintings and four drawings while living in their home. Due to his failing eyesight, the artist was unable to paint outdoors in the bright Louisiana sunlight. He worked in the Musson home and his bedroom doubled as his studio. His entire New Orleans collection was painted here (Byrnes, 1965).
"Portrait of Estelle" is a loving tribute to the painter’s favorite cousin and New Orleans model, Estelle Musson, who was blind. In 1965 this beautiful painting was purchased by the New Orleans Museum of Art and is now on permanent display. This portrait shows her in the home arranging a mixture of red and white gladiolas, carnations and ginger lilies. In 1965 this beautiful painting was purchased by the New Orleans Museum of Art and is now on permanent display.
"The Song Rehearsal" is a painting of the parlor of the Degas House and shows Estelle, her husband, Rene, and her sister, Desiree, performing and enjoying an evening of music.
The home was purchased by a private owner in 1993 and extensive restoration has taken place. Phase I of the restoration has been completed and we are leading into Phase II of restoring the Degas- Musson estate.
Let our Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour bring the artist’s time in New Orleans to life! Visit the rooms where Degas has immortalized his New Orleans family. An extensive collection of reproductions of Degas’ work is on view, including those mentioned above.
An award-winning documentary on Degas’ visit to New Orleans, "Degas in New Orleans, a Creole Sojourn" has delighted over 2.5 million people and is on view at the house.