The New Orleans Museum of Art

As unbearable as the New Orleans heat can be, it has inspired The Helis Foundation to offer free admission to some of New Orleans' largest art institutions for the third summer in a row.

Admission to the New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and Contemporary Arts Center is complimentary the day after FOX8 meteorologists report the temperature reaching or passing 95 degrees. According to the foundation, the award-winning initiative saw more than 5,500 people visit the museums over 8 days in 2018.

The offer, which stands through August, allows Louisiana residents the opportunity to "do something" without suffering in the sun. Beyond the exhibitions (and of course, the air conditioning), visitors can expect seasonally-appropriate giveaways. 

As of July 23, there have been 6 days at or above 95 degrees this month. While a cold front is expected to visit the city this week, there is ample time for hot weather to make an appearance before the deal is done. We suggest taking advantage of the cooler temperatures and visiting The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which is always free and open 7 days a week.

Even if you've escaped town for the summer, you can still take advantage of visiting the museums for no fee. Thanks to The Hells Foundation, Louisiana residents can visit Ogden on Thursdays, NOMA on Wednesdays, and the CAC on Sundays.