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1 9 F rom institutions that predate World War II to high-tech, highly anticipated ven - ues opening later this year, Mississippi enjoys a rich diversity of distinctive muse- ums. Groups traveling through the state can enjoy art, history, culture and music at many museums from the Delta to the Gulf Coast. In the Delta region, two museums will give music lovers plenty of experiences to sing about. The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola presents the story and sounds of the world's most legendary blues musician. And the Grammy Museum Mississippi, opened earlier this year in Cleveland, highlights great moments in all types of music. In Oxford, home of Ole Miss, the University of Mississippi Museum fea- tures collections of American art, as well as interesting historical artifacts from the country's history. In Jackson, two new museums opening in December will tell the story of Mississippi's statehood and its role in the civil rights movement. And the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art on the coast in Biloxi is an homage to a distinc- tive Mississippian who made a name for himself as an inventive potter. B Y B R I A N J E W E L L MISSISSIPPI'S MAD POTTER You may not expect to find the work of a world-renowned archi- tect in a small city on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. But at the Ohr- O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, multiple buildings on the campus were designed by avant-garde architect Frank Gehry. And that's just the beginning of the brilliance on display there. The museum was created to honor George Ohr, whose ceramic work in the late 1800s and early 1900s earned him a reputation as the Mad Potter of Mississippi. Visitors to the museum learn about Ohr's personal life and professional development, and can see examples from his extraordinary body of work. Gehry designed the stainless steel "pods" of the four main buildings on the museum campus to stand in contrast with the sur- rounding live oaks. Construction began in 2004 but was curtailed after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The museum finally opened in 2010 and now offers a number of tour and expe- riential opportunities for groups, including pottery demonstrations and ceramics classes. W W W.G E O RG E O H R.O RG Courtesy MS Gulf Coast CVB 1

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