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“Limited but interesting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
Ranked #17 of 55 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Limited but interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

We used our AAA discount so it didn't seem as overpriced. The museum is very well done;clean, adequate staff for questions, ample & informative brochures. I think an audio to accommodate the tour would be beneficial as well as the completion of the Pods which will add to the experience. Very interesting

Visited September 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“a little jewel on the gulf coast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

What an odd, enchanting place! It was built to showcase the life and work of the "mad potter of biloxi" George Ohr, who was a creative genius in clay but completely ignored during his lifetime.

It is spread out over several buildings -- both new and heritage, and the redesign has been overseen by Frank Gehry (yes, that Frank Gehry). We spent a very pleasant few hours wandering around the various galleries. Docents were lovely and informative. We seemed to be the only visitors, which is sad, but I guess the Casinos are the main attraction in Biloxi.

Definitely worth a visit!

Visited August 2013
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DeKalb, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

There's not a lot to do in Biloxi for the non-gambler This museum was definitely a find. The staff was helpful and well-informed. The gift store was interesting; the architecture fascinating, and there were several worthwhile exhibitions to see. But the star of the show is the pottery of George Ohr, the Mad Potter of Biloxi. Be sure to read the wall quotes. He was a bit of a theologian as well

Visited July 2013
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Texas
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Interesting but limited”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

The Ohr work was interesting, but the collection was quite limited. The museum is working on a building where they will house the collection in the future, but when that future will be is unknown currently.
The African-american collection was lame.
The museum had a gallery for an artist showing, but this changes frequently.

Visited August 2013
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Marshalltown, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Mustache mania!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We liked what we saw so far...looking forward to stopping again when the "silver pods" are finished. They will contain the permanent display of Ohr's work. If you are really into art and architecture it will only take 1-2 hours. We were there 1 hour. The view from the top of the welcome center was great. We have small children, so we purchased sticky mustaches in the gift shop and put them on all of us. Then we took our picture throughout the galleries. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. They have a nice studio space that you could see summer classes for children going on.

Visited July 2013
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