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Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

386 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.6)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 3.5 (3.5)
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If you're a fan of abstract art, you'll love the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum's modern ceramics and sculptures. There's a special focus on local artists, who create tradition-defying pieces like Richard Barthé's Untitled (Tumbling Acrobat) and Helene Fielder's collection of complexly textured stoneware. The museum's founder, George E. Ohr, was one such artist -- and he called himself the "Mad Potter of Biloxi."

But there's more to the Ohr-O'Keefe than ceramics and sculpture. Also on the premises is the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center, where you can learn about the African American experience in Mississippi after the Civil War through the lens of the Reed family. One TripAdvisor user writes:"There was a lot of history about the three young men so many years ago. It told a great story about how these men started their great fortune."

Like many Biloxi establishments, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina -- the storm interrupted a redesign of the museum, lead by none other than Frank Gehry. But the Ohr collections and the welcome center are open to the public, and the traveling exhibit schedule has picked up in recent months. You'll find this special art house overlooking the Gulf from Beach Boulevard. It's open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, between the ages of six and 17. Check out the museum's website for more information.

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