Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The mission of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its events, permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications and research.

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Category: Arts & Culture
Parish: Orleans
There are over 4,000 objects in the Museum's collection, covering the 18th - 21st centuries, and including artists from 15 southern states and the District of Colombia. The varied collections media include painting, sculpture, printmaking, works on paper, folk art, ceramics, watercolor, craft design, and photography. As the world's largest collection of and premiere exhibition venue for Southern Art, the Museum has mounted over 300 exhibitions in its fourteen-year history.

Recognized for a broad range of educational programming serving audiences of all ages, the Ogden Museum has emerged as a leader in educating the underserved youth of New Orleans about our region's rich visual and cultural history. The mission of the Ogden Museum's Education Department is to create innovative programs designed to bring art and people together to explore the rich and varied cultural identities of the South. In 2017, the Ogden Museum's innovative education programs impacted over 58,000 people.

The museum's audience is extremely diverse and continues to grow each year. Last year, a record-breaking 85,000 people visited the Museum from all 50 states and 49 countries. The Ogden Museum strives to ensure equal access to the arts for all, hosting a variety of free admission days annually and offering free admission to Louisiana residents each Thursday. The Education Department is dedicated to providing quality arts outreach programming to underserved public schools throughout the city, and admission is always free to all public school groups from Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.