The Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi Mississippi is a beautiful and quirky little museum that pays homage to the deep South with its buildings and artwork.
Set in an open brickwork space with a number of individual buildings, each building has its own style. Siting of the museum buildings was carefully planned around live oak trees, preserving their ancient beauty.
The Mississippi Sound Welcome Center is where you begin your voyage through Mississippi's southern artistic sensibilities. The building itself resembles the shotgun homes of the early 20th century and it holds a ticket foyer, cafe and a small museum. In another part of the pavilion, strange, oval pod-shaped buildings house artist George Ohr's prodigious ceramic collection. The pods resemble insect eggs or futuristic ceramic kilns, depending on how you look at them.
You will also find the Gallery of African American Art adjacent to the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center. Of much interest to many people is the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center which is a replica of the original home of former slave Pleasant Reed which he built for his family after the Civil War. This is a house full of history and artifacts and not to be missed.
The Ohr O-Keefe Museam of Art is a place for historians and art lovers alike. Construction of the museum began in 2004, was delayed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, and resumed in 2009. The museum, designed by artist and architect Frank Gehry, offers summer programs, open studios, workshops, studio rentals and an outstanding African American art collection. Satisfy your curiosity and stop by for a visit.