With 4,000+ works by local artists, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans is one of the premier destinations for Southern art in the United States. Established in 1999 and named after local businessman and art lover Roger Ogden who donated 600 works of art to the collection, the museum covers paintings, sculpture, and photography.
Dedicated to furthering the appreciation of Southern art in the USA, the Ogden Museum houses a permanent collection featuring works by well-known American artists, such as Ellsworth Woodward and Benny Andrews. The museum also hosts regular temporary exhibitions and special events on themes relating to Southern art.
Visitors can purchase a daily entry ticket, arrange a guided tour of the museum, or choose to stop at the facility as part of a larger citywide tour. International visitors can arrange to tour the museum with an interpreter for a greater insight into the collection in their native language.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The museum offers discounted ticket prices for students, seniors, and children under 17.
- Free entry for children aged 5 and under, and for Louisiana residents, every Thursday.
- Wheelchairs are offered free of charge for visitors with limited mobility.
- Visit Thursday evenings after 6pm for Ogden After Hours, featuring live music from local musicians, plus pop-up food and drink stalls.
How to Get There
The Ogden Museum is located at 925 Camp Street in New Orleans’ Warehouse District, just off Lee Circle. The historic St. Charles streetcar (Line 12) runs in front of the museum—the closest stop is St. Charles and St. Joseph. There are also several parking lots nearby. Alternatively, you can visit the museum as part of a private city tour with transport provided.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily from 10am–5pm, with extended opening hours Thursdays until 8pm for Ogden After Hours. The museum closes for some holidays, including Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Exploring the National WWII Museum
The National World War II Museum is found just across the street from the Ogden Museum and is well worth a visit. The museum focuses on the role of the US in the victory of the Allied Forces in WWII and features fascinating objects, including a Spitfire airplane and a Higgins boat used for the D-Day landings.