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The Creative Complex is a transformational 15,000 square-foot campus expansion that builds upon the Anderson legacy to address the challenges and opportunities of a 21st century world. 

Located directly across the street from the Museum’s main building, the multi-phase development includes: the renovation and preservation of an historic property built in the 1890s; new construction to empower creative economy and cross-sector education in partnership with scientists, chefs, engineers, and contemporary makers; and a public greenspace and gardens for leisure, contemplation, community gatherings, and tourism events.


Future programming at the Creative Complex will be informed by Walter Anderson’s belief in nature’s animating spirit, the entrepreneurial legacy of Shearwater Pottery, estuarine research and conservation, aquaculture and foodways, and the potential for culture to contribute to economic development and innovation.


The project is led by an award-winning Mississippi-based design team composed of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, Tall Architects, and Native Habitats. 

We see the design of the Creative Complex as an opportunity to fuse the dynamic history of Walter Anderson and his work with modern technology, materials, and techniques.

One of the things that guides our design on every project is the idea that everything is connected to everything else.

Your input will help our design team approach the development in ways that respond to the needs and aspirations communities. There will be several opportunities for. community feedback, including in-person and virtual gatherings.


You can also share your insights by clicking the open-ended survey, below. Answer as many or as few questions as you'd like. Every perspective makes the design stronger.


The State of Mississippi through Mississippi Development Authority

and the Mississippi Legislature

Mississippi Power 

Mississippi Arts Commission

Blossman Gas

The Chisholm Foundation




Jackson County

The R&B Feder Foundation

The Bacot McCarty Foundation

Julia Weaver and Robert Wygul

Brian and Marie Sanderson

Lee Dicks Guice

The Museum and its programs are supported in part by the City of Ocean Springs and Jackson County. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


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Sunday: 1-5PM

Holiday closings: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Adults: $10

AAA / Military / Seniors / Students (with ID): $8

Children (5-15): $5

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510 Washington Avenue,
Ocean Springs, MS, 39564

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Artwork reproduction courtesy of the Family of Walter Anderson.