Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art and is recognized for its original exhibitions, public events and educational programs which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature and culinary heritage to provide a comprehensive story of the South. Established in 1999, and in Stephen Goldring Hall at 925 Camp Street since 2003, the Museum welcomes almost 85,000 visitors annually, and attracts diverse audiences through its broad range of programming including exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and concerts which are all part of its mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
Compared to the more evocative monikers of some other parts of New Orleans, the downtown’s humdrum title might suggest that this area is all about business and little else. But don’t let the bland name keep you away from the Central Business District. The CBD offers a wide range of fun things to do that would be touted as exceptional in less jubilant corners of the world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts District and Tremé, with the river at its eastern extreme, this hub for sports, gaming, shopping, theatre, family-friendly activities, and amazing regional cuisine makes a smart base wherever your interests lie.
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  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, Minnesota1,440 contributions
    Eclectic
    I think we wanted this museum to be something other than what it was. While it did display a significant portion of southern art, the genres were vast and often had one or two pieces before moving on to another representation. Overall, eclectic, but possibly enjoyable if you particularly love museums.
    Visited July 2022
    Written December 4, 2022
  • Inspire818276
    West Springfield, Virginia6 contributions
    Amazing Museum
    This museum is easily accessable by street car. The exhibits are beautiful, challenging, and give you an opportunity to think. I found 2 exhibits that I really loved. There is a wonderful exhibit done by children with a resident artist. It is beautiful and shows the determination of the children to create beautiful art. The volunteer at the gift store was very helpful.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 19, 2023
  • Susan P
    Bloomfield, Connecticut172 contributions
    Yes!
    I thought this would be a yawn. That's the jaded part of me. However, I was enthralled by the variety and beauty of the collection I found here. The day we were there the museum was hosting a Martin Luther King special event which made the museum especially lively - and crowded. I would like to return when I can fully soak in the art.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 9, 2023
  • NativeCalGal
    Santa Cruz, California151 contributions
    Don't miss this gem!
    This is one of the most interesting and wonderful museums I have ever visited. Many works by women and people of color, very accomplished people with interesting backgrounds. Many different types of artistic media over several floors. Benches on which to sit if you get tired or just want to look at the art a while. Reasonable admission ($10). Highly recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 24, 2023
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lydadilan
13 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
This is a great underrated place we saw when walking around downtown and decided to try. The locals we talked to didn’t even know about it. Great exhibits that you might not see at other art museums
Written June 3, 2021
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Susan P
Bloomfield, CT172 contributions
Jan 2023
I thought this would be a yawn. That's the jaded part of me. However, I was enthralled by the variety and beauty of the collection I found here. The day we were there the museum was hosting a Martin Luther King special event which made the museum especially lively - and crowded. I would like to return when I can fully soak in the art.
Written February 9, 2023
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K. T
New Orleans, LA1,346 contributions
Mar 2022
We visited on Family Day at the museum. Admittance was FREE. Pay parking was available right next door. No issues there. We were greeted upon entry and everyone was nice and attentive. Museum was clean and area surrounding the museum was clean as well.
We met a local artist and she did crafts with myself and my kids. i am still amazed how she has the eye to create such great art pieces from recycled material .
Museum has 5 floors and an elevator is available, stairs is always an option.

It is Southern Art, don't visit thinking you will see anything other than just that.

Overall I recommend. Great visit with two teens and a preteen.
Written March 30, 2022
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Mothra
Brooklyn, NY13 contributions
Feb 2022
Fantastic gem of a museum, a must-see for all creative types. When I visited, artist Luis Cruz Azaceta was having a retrospective of sorts; a well-curated selection from four decades of his output were exhibited, a true joy in the juxtaposition of vibrant colors and the deep theme of the works. Dave Greber's Casebearer was also a highlight. It's not easy to see the works of these these amazing New Orleans-based artists. Definitely visit the museum for art that is being created now, carrying on the living tradition into the future. It was such a refreshing break from the touristy French Quarter celebrating the preservation of the past; preserving the past has its place too, but it's nice to know that great things are being created.
Written February 27, 2022
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Hammbrook
New Jersey559 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
I had heard so much about this museum but was really disappointed. The art, with a few exceptions, was not inspired. That is, of course, a matter of taste but the reason I gave the Ogden a negative score was not because of the art, but because of the museum itself. There were no docents and very little in the way of explanation about the art or artists, so unless you already are an aficionado you’re not going to learn much. I tried to identify the curator‘s theme(s) but couldn’t. Finally, there was absolutely no place to sit, either to appreciate the art or to rest.
Written March 27, 2022
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cordyroy
Mobile, AL2,384 contributions
Oct 2021
Amazing collection and exhibits! We can't recommend it enough. Photography, painting, sculpture, they have it all. We enjoyed a photo exhibit, one on voodoo was excellent, and make sure to take the underground passage to the former Patrick F Taylor Library. Its a great space and currently has an exhibit connected to recent BLM events. It is massively ironic that the passageway goes under Louisiana’s Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall!
Written January 4, 2022
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abroadwithashley
Minneapolis, MN1,440 contributions
Jul 2022
I think we wanted this museum to be something other than what it was. While it did display a significant portion of southern art, the genres were vast and often had one or two pieces before moving on to another representation. Overall, eclectic, but possibly enjoyable if you particularly love museums.
Written December 4, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Inspire818276
West Springfield, VA6 contributions
Jan 2023
This museum is easily accessable by street car. The exhibits are beautiful, challenging, and give you an opportunity to think. I found 2 exhibits that I really loved. There is a wonderful exhibit done by children with a resident artist. It is beautiful and shows the determination of the children to create beautiful art.
The volunteer at the gift store was very helpful.
Written January 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NativeCalGal
Santa Cruz, CA151 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
This is one of the most interesting and wonderful museums I have ever visited. Many works by women and people of color, very accomplished people with interesting backgrounds. Many different types of artistic media over several floors. Benches on which to sit if you get tired or just want to look at the art a while. Reasonable admission ($10). Highly recommend.
Written October 24, 2023
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD697 contributions
Apr 2022
Essentially 3 floors for viewing, logically laid out and easy to track through. While not so much in the 'fine art' vein, it is nevertheless enjoyable. Some items thought provoking as intended, some excellent regionalism and 'real people' - think ashcan school translated into modern south. Parking at meters pretty simple, pretty close. Worth a visit and I personally would (did) select it over the Confederate museum next door. There is also a skyline roof deck, but I'm not quite sure why - 4 floors up, not much to see. Best used for cocktails by the donors.
Written May 14, 2022
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