About Us

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.

Museum Admission

  • Adults: $10.00
  • AAA / Military / Seniors / Students (with a valid ID): $8.00
  • Children: $5.00
  • Group tours available upon request
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Hours

  • Mon - Sat: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Sunday: 12:30pm - 4:30 pm

The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Walter Anderson Museum of Art

Walter Anderson Museum of Art
A unique Mississippi Gulf Coast art experience on an international stage where we celebrate harmony with nature as seen through the eyes of Walter Inglis Anderson, his family and kindred artists.
To preserve the art and legacy of Walter Inglis Anderson, his family and kindred artists, to celebrate Walter Inglis Anderson’s life message of the spirituality of nature as experienced on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and to educate and awaken the imagination to the importance of creative expression
  • The spirituality of nature and the conservation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • Preservation, celebration, inspiration and beauty of the arts
  • Our community
  • Inclusiveness and diversity of people and art
  • Financial integrity
  • Trust, consistency, and teamwork
  • Stewardship
  1. Collect and preserve examples of the highest quality art of Walter Inglis Anderson, Peter Anderson and James McConnell Anderson in all media in which they were active.
  2. Perpetuate the legacy and vision of Annette McConnell Anderson, mother of Walter, Peter and Mac Anderson, by supporting and honoring artists through inclusion in exhibitions, collections and various programs.
  3. Exhibit and interpret other artwork, cultural material and ephemera which are related to the permanent collection.
  4. Provide the widest possible educational outreach through publications, classes, seminars, lectures, multimedia programs and events.
  5. Exhibit works which embody the unique, inspirational, innovative, and exploratory nature of the creative spirit.
  6. Continue operating the Museum in accordance with the highest professional and ethical standards as established by the AAM (American Alliance of Museums).

Art Appraisal

The Museum cannot appraise any works of art. Please contact the following institutions if you need an appraiser or conservator:

International Society of Appraisers

Seattle, WA: 206.241.0359
New York, NY: 212.889.5404
www.isa-appraisers.org

International Society of Appraisers

Virginia: 703.478.2228
www.appraisers.org

The following organization can refer people to conservators of art and historical artifacts:


American Institute for Conservations (A.I.C.)

Washington, DC: 202.452.9545
www.aic.stanford.edu

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