The Walter Anderson Museum opened in 1991 and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion
of the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965). Anderson is celebrated as an American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the foremost of American painters of the Twentieth Century. A visit to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) is an enchanting and unique experience. During a visit to the museum, visitors are offered insight into the artistic vision of Walter as well as his process and the natural environment that inspired him. The museum also strives to preserve and educate the public on the work of Walter's brothers: Peter Anderson (1901-1984), master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998), noted painter and ceramist.
The watercolors, drawings, oils, block prints, ceramics, and carvings by the three Anderson brothers are all represented in the museum’s permanent collection of over 1,000 objects. Diverse changing exhibitions occur throughout the year lending insight into the many sides of Walter and his brothers' artistic talents.
The museum’s sky lit interior of warm southern yellow pine includes a main galleria and two additional galleries, which echo the natural beauty and simplicity of its setting. Visitors may also tour the "Little Room," part of Walter's cottage on the Mississippi coast which was moved to the museum in 1991. Adjacent to the museum is the Ocean Springs Community Center, home of Walter Anderson’s largest mural. Visit us “virtually” or click here for our audio cellphone tour, which currently covers our permanent installations – the WPA murals, the Community Center, and the Little Room, among other items. Click the “play” button on the far right to hear the audio for each item listed.
The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Art AppraisalThe Museum cannot appraise any works of art. Please contact the following institutions if you need an appraiser or conservator:
International Society of AppraisersSeattle, WA: 206.241.0359