Shreveport-Bossier COVID-19 update: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has instituted a gradual reopening of many businesses with occupancy restrictions, enhanced sanitation, social distancing, personal protection equipment and other appropriate protection measures necessary to protect the health and safety of the people in Louisiana.  The statewide mask mandate has been lifted. However, mask policies in Louisiana will be set by local leaders and business owners. Under the Governor’s new public health order, masks will still be required on public transit and in state government buildings, K-12 schools, early childhood education centers, colleges and universities, and healthcare facilities. Before you visit a business, please call to confirm that they are open, and to find out what restrictions are being enforced at that location.

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R. W. Norton Art Gallery



R.W. Norton Art Gallery is Shreveport's largest museum and houses thousands of American and European sculptures, paintings, artifacts and decorative arts spanning four centuries.

The architecturally beautiful building sits on 40 beautifully landscaped acres featuring azalea gardens, trails and more. Each Spring, the grounds of the Norton Art Gallery burst into bloom with beautiful azalea gardens.

Although the museum remains closed to the public, the Norton is re-opening its botanical gardens on Saturday, May 16, 2020. The new hours are:
Monday - Thursday, 4-8:30 p.m.
Friday - Sunday, 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

The fenced gardens will be accessed solely through the main service gate on the south end of the building at Creswell Ave., with the north gate at Thora Blvd. serving as an exit only. None of the restrictions apply to the garden west of Creswell Ave. or the "island" in front of the museum's main entrance, both of which will be open from dawn until dusk year-round.

There are currently no plans in the near future for a totally public re-opening of the museum, but management will formulate a new way of servicing the community. Check social media for updates.