Director's Letter: COVID-19

Updated: Mar 17

UPDATE: The Museum is now closed for the time being.

Click here for an updated statement.

Dear Friends,

In response to the developing health concerns regionally and nationwide, the Museum is making a few immediate adjustments to programs, policies, and outreach.

WAMA is open Monday – Saturday, 10AM-5PM. Museums are spaces of refuge and contemplation, and WAMA will remain so until further notice. Art museums like ours also happen to be low-contact environments where enjoyment is largely visual and experiential, rather than reliant on touch.

We are, above all, committed to visitor safety, well-being, and experience. WAMA is following recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and local, municipal, regional, and global leadership. Click here to learn more about the steps we are taking.

The following programs will no longer occur as scheduled:

Voice & Vision: Tunica-Biloxi Living History on Friday, March 13 - postponed

Words & Wonder (Pre-K Storytime) on Friday, March 20 - cancelled

Inglis Evening Dinner on the Grounds on Saturday, April 4 - postponed

Determinations about additional events will be made in the days to come.

Museums are also vital cultural anchors, which we interpret as a responsibility to facilitate collaboration, educate beyond barriers, and share critical knowledge with communities near and far.

Visitors who come to the Museum in the days to come will enjoy the reinstalled Walter Anderson collection, Artist, Naturalist, Mystic; Bloodlines: Matt Stebly – featuring the art of Anderson’s great-grandson, tattoo artist Matt Stebly; The Soul to Dare, showcasing work from the South Mississippi Arts League; as well as a new series of compelling installations called Voice & Vision mounted in concert with the Mississippi Humanities Council.

For those who cannot visit us during this time, we are making special efforts to provide virtual experiences, particularly to students for whom field trips may be restricted. The Museum is making educators available via video conferencing to lead in-gallery instruction with classrooms across the region, which can be scheduled by contacting As an additional educational resource, the Museum will publish a series of short videos beginning March 16 connecting the collection to various fields of study including science, social studies, and language arts.

We will continue to keep you updated on additional measures or changes. During this time of uncertainty, we hope you may find solace through art, and inspiration to address the future with confidence and purpose.


Julian Rankin

Executive Director

Walter Anderson Museum of Art

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.


Monday - Saturday: 11AM-5PM 

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

Free for members; free ages 5 and under; free to shop


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Ocean Springs, MS, 39564

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Artwork reproduction courtesy of the Family of Walter Anderson.