Art and culture are thriving on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Mississippi Gulf Coast has provided artistic inspiration for many nationally recognized artists. Richmond Barthe, Dusti Bonge, Walter Anderson, and George Ohr are just a few of the artists who have called the Mississippi Gulf Coast home. From Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula you will find many shops and galleries exhibiting and selling works by local regional artists.
The Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) is dedicated to the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the forefront of American painters of the Twentieth Century; and to his brothers, Peter Anderson (1901-1984), master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998), noted painter and ceramist. Current exhibits feature rotating exhibits by regional and national artists. WAMA is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (OOMA) features Ohr-iginal art by (1857-1918), the self-proclaimed “Mad Potter” of Biloxi as well as contemporary and historical work by a variety of artists. TIME Magazine selected Biloxi’s Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, designed by Frank Gehry, as one of the top five architectural designs in the world for 2008 Style & Design 100 Issue. The Frank Gehry designed Ohr Campus opened three of the five Gehry designed buildings in November 2010 and in July 2012 the City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics opened. August 2014 saw the grand opening of the Ohr Pods and the return of Ohr pottery to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. OOMA is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in Mississippi.
The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport allows children to explore and expand their world through interactive exhibits and art activities. This was the first children’s museum in Mississippi and has been named among the top 50 Children’s Museums in the US.
The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum tells the history of the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a seafood port. The new museum which opened August 2014 at Point Cadet Plaza includes just over 20,000 sq ft of exhibit space and will host permanent hurricane exhibits as well as an exhibit featuring the Nydia, a 30 foot gaff-rigged cabin sloop. Visitor will get the “ship in a bottle” feel when they see the new museum. An auxiliary location of the Museum/Gift Shop is at Edgewater Mall.
Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home completed a nearly $4 million restoration in 2008 and the Library and Hayes Pavilions have been replicated to the Davis period. The Jefferson Davis Presidential Library opened Summer 2013 and the Varina Davis Garden is now open for viewing. There are also peacocks and goats now on site, animals that would have been on the property during the Davis years.
INFINITY at NASA Stennis Space Center opened to the public on April 12, 2012. The center features a 72,000 square foot science center where visitors will have an opportunity to experience the trill of exploration and discovery around every corner.
The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra (GCSO) is a professional orchestra presenting a full range of concerts each season (September to May) from classics to pops.