Degas House
2306 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana, LA 70119, United States
+1 504 8215009
(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 oak 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. 

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.

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

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

*Groups can be accommodated with advanced notice

  • 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