Degas House
2306 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA, 70119, USA
(504) 821-5009 + 800-755-6730
(504) 821-0870 fax

Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour

  • Tour Group

Includes Documentary, House and Neighborhood Walking Tour

  • Esplanade Street Sign
  • Degas Foundation Sign

Enjoy the tree lined Esplanade Avenue and discover the story of the French Creoles, including Edgar Degas and his maternal family, hosted by the Great-Grand Nieces of the artist himself. This documented historical tour includes exploring both Degas houses and viewing the award winning documentary "Degas in New Orleans, a Creole Sojourn". Also included is the Creole Neighborhood of Edgar Degas Walking Tour, which explores references to the neighborhood included in Degas' New Orleans letters.

Daily Tours:  10:30 am and 1:45 pm (Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour.)

Breakfast and Tour:  9:00 am breakfast, tour at 10:30 am (Reservations required)

We recommend taking the tour after enjoying our delicious cooked-to-order Creole Breakfast, served from 9:00 am - 10:00 am. Total time for the tour is 2 hours and 15 minutes, $29 per person for the Tour, or $50 per person for Breakfast and the Tour, scheduled by phone (504) 821-5009 or email: or book by Zerve below. 

  • Degas' 18 New Orleans Paintings 
  • His famous  New Orleans drawings and letters
  • Discussions on Degas' family, the Mussons, and post Civil War life in New Orleans
  • A tour of both houses including artist's studio guided by Degas' Great Grand Nieces
  • A viewing of our award winning documentary, "Degas in New Orleans, a Creole Sojourn" 
  • The Creole Neighborhood of Edgar Degas Walking Tour, giving information and the history of the Creole neighborhood of Treme, through the letters of Degas.

Recent Tour Event:

  • 6 - Group in Hall

Founders Chapter Louisiana Colonials recently attended the Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour and had a luncheon at Degas House following the tour. Click here to view.

The Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour Includes:

  • The Cotton Exchange in New Orleans

"New Orleans Cotton Exchange" (Portraits in an Office), 1873 Musee des Beaux-Arts, marked the beginning of the official recognition of Impressionism as a significant art movement.

Facts about Degas House

  • Degas House has been distinguished by The French Ministry of Culture and is included in the French National Order of Arts and Letters
  • It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Degas House is the only home or studio of Edgar Degas open to the public in the world
  • Degas' mother was a native Creole, born in New Orleans
  • Degas created 18 paintings, 4 drawings and 5 letters while in New Orleans
  • According to art historians and Degas scholars, all of Degas' New Orleans paintings were created in the house
  • "Portraits in an Office, the New Orleans Cotton Exchange" dipicts his uncle, Michel Musson's cotton office and is the only known painting of a post Civil War workplace. This is the only Degas painting sold to a museum during his lifetime.
  • Degas resided in Degas House (1872 – 1873) with his maternal relatives, the Musson Family, whose business was cotton.

Advance purchase required as tours sell out! Get info, check availability and book your Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour & Neighborhood Tour online today, or call Zerve at (800) 979-3370.

For booking tours or more information contact: or call (504) 821-5009 or (800) 755-6730.

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  • Tour
  • Main House, Tour
  • Estelle Balcony Overlooking Esplanade Avenue

Tour Discounts are available for groups, seniors, military, students, corporate, etc.

$29 per person for the Tour

$50 per person for Breakfast and the Tour (Please arrive at 9:00 am for breakfast.)

$25 per person for Breakfast Only

*Groups can be accommodated with advanced notice

Tour Times:  Daily - 10:30 am and 1:45 pm (Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the tour.)

  • Portrait of Estelle

Portrait of Mme Rene De Gas , Estelle Musson, 1872-73 New Orleans Museum of Art

All day long I am among these dear folk, painting and drawing, making portraits of the family. - Edgar Degas, New Orleans, November 11, 1872

  • Edgar Degas Portrait with Border