Ohr-O'Keefe Museum aiming for more visual appeal

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The construction fence is finally gone. Now, the focus is on beautifying the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum in Biloxi. The museum's Executive Director said Harrison County Supervisor Windy Swetman has offered to help improve the landscaping on the campus.

Right now, crews are preparing the lawn with extra dirt to level the surface. Other plans include temporary parking in the front and a walkway that leads to the welcome center.

Fiberglass screens will cover up the pipes and mechanical equipment underneath the pods, and bamboo trees will be planted to help hide other mechanical structures on the property. Eventually, the side facing Highway 90 will look more like an entry way to the museum.

"It's so important, because we've been a construction site for so long that people don't really look at us as an inviting site. I think by beautifying this site, changing the way that people perceive it in terms of how they enter the place, will make a big difference. We want them to feel welcome and we want them to feel this is their place," said Executive Director Kevin O'Brien.

The landscaping work should be done in time for the museum's dedication on July 12. That date is also George Ohr and Jerry O'Keefe's birthdays.

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