BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art was open for business for those who didn't have to labor on Monday.
And a visit for many is paying off. Carol Messer is the assistant director.
"We usually offer a little extra. We do book readings. We do extra art activities in our center for ceramics. The museum hours are free." Messer explained.
It all added up for the museum. "It's been a great weekend. With the parking lot in the front we have more accessibility and more people and more flow," Messer said.
At the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, the front doors stayed busy. Corey Christy is the marketing director.
"We usually do pretty good on holidays. People are out and about in downtown Ocean Springs and it's a nice stop so we get quite a few of the traffic that comes down here and checks us out," Christy said.
That includes Capi Peck from Arkansas, and her friend, out for a morning walk. They plan a visit to the museum.
"We really wanted to see some of the Anderson painting and pottery and look at the other collections and visit the historic homes and just escape from all of the barbecue and beach scene on Labor Day," Peck said.
Jan Jenkins and her granddaughter Christine are checking out the scenery as well.
"This is very unique artwork and it's been a long time since I've been down here so I thought she would enjoy that and everybody else. All the family is at work, so it's just us guys," Jenkins said.
While most of the locals, and tourists alike are thinking beach and barbecue, even for the casinos on Labor Day, getting the word out, to those who want to try something different, takes a little extra effort, it takes some marketing, according to Christy.
"Well, we want to make sure we do the traditional things. Social media has become traditional so we do that. We push that hard to make sure everyone knows we're open. Let the local outlets know to tell people we're open and just the usual stuff," Christy said.
That usual stuff means a different type of holiday fun this year. The Biloxi Visitor's Center, which also features a museum, was open Monday as well. However, the newly opened Seafood and Maritime History Museum on Point Cadet in Biloxi was closed for the holiday.