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“Interesting but lightweight”

Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
Ranked #16 of 59 things to do in Biloxi
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We invite you to enjoy all that makes our museum unique: the artists, the architecture, the history, and the landscape. The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art celebrates the innovative, independent and creative spirit of our namesake Mississippi master potter George Ohr. In a fitting tribute to Ohr, artist and architect Frank Gehry designed an award winning campus of bold intriguing self sufficient structures. The campus consists of our Mississippi Sound Welcome Center, three art galleries, the reconstructed home of Pleasant Reed, and our City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics. These buildings and the exhibits therein offer visitors separate but not isolated experiences - together creating a single unified vision connected by the expansive brick plaza and the majestic Live Oaks.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Interesting but lightweight”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

So the first thing off my chest- the O'keefe in the title is not Georgia. Now then, the pottery of Ohr and his history is interesting but not enough to fill a museum. The building designed by Gehry will be of interest to architects but there is not much said about the building design inside. This museum will be better as the collections get fleshed out and the pods are opened up. The staff was great and offered a discount reflecting that one of the galleries was closed for a new installation in progress.

Visited June 2014
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Pascagoula, Ms
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Very nice and educational”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

This was a very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday. Lots of interesting local art, both paint and sculptured. Well worth the visit.

Visited February 2014
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Olathe, Kansas
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Quirky museum; good way to spend an hour in Biloxi”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I was traveling with two girlfriends with whom one is a huge Ohr fan so we included the Ohr--O'Keefe Museum in our itinerary. To the nascent pottery admirer, Ohr's story and quirks are rather entertaining and educational. To the passionate fan such as my friend, this place is somewhat of a shrine. The museum has a rather large collection of George Ohr's work but only a portion is on display at any given time. What I would quantify as a healthy sample of "burnt babies" are also showcased. You must seek out the Ohr-made brothel tokens and read them for a good laugh. (Ask the docent for their history/back story.)

Personally, I found the exhibit from a NOLA artist collocated in the main Ohr exhibit building more appealing than the pottery. The scenes painted on old doors and shutters were very compelling with their motifs of death and despair. The architecture of the majority of buildings on the small campus is a work of art itself and worth your time to admire. (If you're in to architecture, that is.)

The campus and buildings are well-kept, clean and modern. Staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I love that they have detail-sheets of all the exhibit items that correspond with numbers to each individual item. And, you can easily get through the museum in an hour, maybe 90-minutes if you go through all the buildings and read all the exhibit details. What I dislike is that you cannot take photographs of the exhibits beyond the Welcome Center/Gift Shop/Cafe. Oh, and directions to the parking lot are not clearly defined. They need to be. There is a dirt/gravel path that appears to be a drive up to the museum. It's not. You have to drive on the street perpendicular to the road running parallel to the main avenue. Find the turn into the parking lot behind the campus for ample parking.

Overall, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum is a fun way to inject some culture in what otherwise appears to be a casino laden town.

Visited May 2014
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Destin, Florida
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Love the architecture.”
Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

The buildings are really cool. They alone are worth the visit.

There is some great stuff in the collection but I was somewhat disappointed it's limited scope. I look forward to visiting again when the "pods" have been completed.

It's a great place to kill some time.

Visited April 2014
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Richmond
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“Good mixture for small museum”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Ohr pottery is the main focus of this museum so if you are not a fan of pottery this might be a little boring for you. Each building had different art and special exhibits. I enjoyed the "Shades of Perception" by Carl Joe Williams that is there until 5/31/14. Loved the colors and the different "canvases" that he used.
Also on the property is the replicate home of Pleasant Reed and his family. It shows how an African American family would have lived in late 1800's.
There are coupons in a lot of the tourist booklets around town. I considered my $8 senior ticket a contribution to the arts.

Visited March 2014
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