Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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
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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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tilda54
Washington DC, DC271 contributions
Oct 2020
Great to see the Museum is open, really enjoyed the exhibits. I visit on a timed ticket, and was really impressed with the current exhibits. The Entwined exhibit of eleven contemporary artists who work with textiles and wrapping was particularly great. The current photography exhibit was also very good. There were other visitors, but we behaved responsibly and I felt safe throughout my visit. The museum shop was good as always, and I was told they are currently having a 20% off sale.
Written October 19, 2020
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K. T
New Orleans, LA1,326 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, NY10 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 Jersey535 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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LATieszen
22 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a beautiful museum with wonderfully curated shows. My daughter and I spent quite a bit of time there and were thoroughly absorbed by the William Christenberry show: his wide-ranging work, influences and commitment to the complexities of the South. The building, itself, is fantastic and the works are accessible. Thank you!
Written February 12, 2020
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Thank you! The William Christenberry exhibition is a show that we're really proud of and we're so happy to hear that you enjoyed it.
Written February 13, 2020
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cordyroy
Mobile, AL2,380 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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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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Sherylgi
Salt Lake City, UT55 contributions
Feb 2020
This museum is a piece of heaven in New Orleans! The art was incredible. In addition I had a chance to learn about Southern artists, both their biographies as well as what their pieces were communicating. I told so many photos and continue to research the artists who were highlighted. Please go!
Written March 5, 2020
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD614 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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ssinberg
San Francisco, CA21 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
Very interesting museum and Thurs. night there is live music, to boot! Also a roof garden with alcohol available.
Written May 9, 2013
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