Museum Information

Mission Statement Hours & Admission Contact Us Directions

510 Washington Avenue
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564-4632
(228) 872-3164
FAX (228) 875-4494
E-mail: [email protected]

A visit to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA), opened in 1991 in historic Ocean Springs, MS, is an enchanting and unique

experience. WAMA is dedicated to the celebration of the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the forefront of American painters of the Twentieth Century; and to his 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. Diverse changing exhibitions, many featuring the work of other significant artists, occur throughout the year.

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. Adjacent to the museum is the Ocean Springs Community Center, home of Walter Anderson’s largest mural.

Mission Statement of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art

Revised October 17, 2000

The mission of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art is to serve as a center of learning, cultural enrichment and enjoyment for the many faceted population of Ocean Springs, the Gulf South Region and visitors to the area. In pursuit of this mission, the Museum has the following priorities:

  1. To collect and preserve the finest available examples of the art of Walter Inglis Anderson, Peter Anderson and James McConnell Anderson in all media which they were active.
  2. To exhibit and interpret the art of the three Anderson Brothers.
  3. To exhibit and interpret other material which is related to the Permanent Collection.
  4. To provide the widest possible educational outreach through publications, classes, seminars, lectures, programs and events.
  5. To operate the Museum in accordance with the highest professional and ethical standards as established by the American Association of Museums.

Rose Panel, Ocean Springs Community Center

Museum HoursTues-Sat 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Sunday 12:30-4:30 p.m.

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

Museum StoreCome by our Museum Store for upscale gifts that make a statement or shop online.


Please call 228-872-3164 two weeks in advance to schedule a tour.

Art reproduction courtesy of the Family of Walter Anderson, Inc.
Museum operations are supported in part by a grant from
the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency.

Walter Anderson Museum of Art Staff

Executive Director, Gayle Petty-Johnson
Curator, Patricia Pinson
Registrar, Dennis Walker
Finance/Membership, Sharon Davis

Museum Store Manager, Robert Sweeting

Admin Assist/Tours, Julie FrancPublic Relations and Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Feder


WAMA is located in the charming town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, just east of Biloxi From Hwy. 90, turn south on Washington Ave. From I-10, take exit 50 and drive south three miles. Cross Hwy. 90 and continue past the second stop sign. WAMA will be on your left.