Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans

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Explore a museum dedicated to visual arts and the culture of the American South at Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Experience a constantly changing collection of more than 4,000 works, ranging from paintings and drawings to watercolors and sculptures to wood and crafts. Each piece is by an artist from or associated with one of the Southern states and is meant to embody the heritage and history of the South from 1733 to the present. Look for works by artists such as John Alexander, William Dunlap, and Kendall Shaw. The space also includes the Center for Southern Craft and Design, where you can see original handcrafted art. Make your way to the roof for a view of the city. Using our online itinerary creator, New Orleans attractions like Ogden Museum of Southern Art can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • There are five floors and exhibits. It was well worth seeing . There was a photographic exhibit that showed the beginnings of the usage of color film as a medium for serious photography. The photograp...  more »
  • We loved the Solidary and Solitary exhibit. One got a real sense of the diversity of African American art. It's not always about representation, but shared universal experiences. I enjoyed, too, the v...  more »
  • Bigger is not always better. The Ogden is big but the curators have packed it with some powerful and profound work. Although the 5th floor was closed when we visited, The Solidarity and Solitary show ...  more »
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  • Exhibits were of very high quality. WALTZING THE MUSE: THE PAINTINGS OF JAMES MICHALOPOULOS, in particular, I found fascinating. I enjoyed being in the building, the view from the fifth floor terrace and the layout of the art on display. Also, the museum is easy to access with public transport.
  • Really well curated museum around the theme of the south and southern art. The exhibits were very good, and the permanent collection is also interesting. The one thing I will critique is that it is quite small. Probably 1-2 hours is more than enough time to visit. However, it was really interesting to see a museum focused on southern art, and I would recommend it for a visit.
  • Such a great collection that highlights many aspects of life in the south over the years and present day. I was captivated by each room and couldn't wait to see more! For me, it was just the right amount of art without getting to be too much.
  • Pretty good museum. Interesting exhibits. Cool to see art with a focus on the South.
  • Fun southern art experience! We had a great time, but didn't get to view an entire two floors because they kicked us out and closed up shop. Maybe next time!

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