Ohr O'Keefe expects to bring in more exhibits

Published: Jun. 21, 2015 at 7:56 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2015 at 10:20 PM CDT
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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Ohr O'Keefe Museum in Biloxi is changing its mission and bringing new ideas. Instead of showcasing art, its board members are branching out to new ideas to keep the doors of the museum swinging open with visitors.

Since the Ohr O'Keefe Museum opened its doors for the Katrina +10 exhibit, they've seen thousands of people, and Sunday was no different.

"We had heard about the Katrina exhibit and we wanted to see that knowing that we're coming up on the ten year anniversary," Mike Lemasters of Ocean Springs said.

From the successes of the Katrina exhibit, museum leaders are trying to get more creative with how they can continue to bring in visitors. And what they have in mind is going to be big.

"When they do an exhibit it's going to be a big one that takes up the whole campus. And that's what we did with Katrina. It takes up the whole gallery," Biloxi Spokesman Vincent Creel said.

The Lemasters say they love the idea of more exhibits displayed around the museum. "I think it'll bring in more participation, more people will want to come here," Mike said.

"I'm always glad to see more people come," his wife Susan added. "More visitors because a lot of folks don't even get down to Mississippi and if this will pull them in, please come. It never hurts to bring more people down here. It's so beautiful!"

One attraction besides the museum that's brought thousands of people to the city of Biloxi is MGM Park, home to the Shuckers. Creel says the next big exhibit to come to town may play off the sporting theme.

"It's going to be the old African American league that we had in Biloxi. It's going to be Peter Roy Elder out of Ocean Springs who has five world series rings. People like Barry Lyons, people like Jim Howarth," Creel said.

Creel says that idea should be brought to reality within the next ten months. The Katrina +10 exhibit will up through September 12th. The museum is open seven days a week.

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