The Ogden Museum houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art.
I have recently been on a run of visiting art museums, so in visiting New Orleans I thought I would drop into the Ogden Museum of Southwestern Art. Located in the vibrant Warehouse District, not too far from the ever-popular French Quarter, this museum holds the largest collection of Southwestern Art. The actual exhibits change frequently, there were some under construction when I visited, so I would check the website to see what is currently showing.
|Address:||925 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130|
|Hours:||Daily 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (open to 8 pm on Thursdays)|
|Admission fees:||Adults: $13.50; Seniors (65 and over), Students, Active Military $11; Children (5-17): $6.75, Children (Under 5): Free|
The exhibition spaces cover four floors, each with several galleries. This is not a huge place so, depending on how long you spend admiring the works you can fit this comfortably into an hour or two.
I went in with little expectation, but I was wowed by the quality of the artwork, most of which is contemporary (which I prefer!) So, having thought this might be a quick half-hour jaunt I actually ended up spending 90 minutes perusing the galleries. I loved it! It also helped that is was very quiet – unlike my recent visit to the Rijksmuseum – so I was in a serene setting that allowed me to enjoy the works of art and soak in the atmosphere.
There are some other museums and galleries in the adjacent area, including the fabulous National World-War II Museum – so you can easily make a half or full day of exploration without going too far.