Laurel, MS 39440
About Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
Operating since: 1923
The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is located of Fifth Avenue, a broad, tree-lined avenue, among turn-of-the-century homes one block from the center of Laurel. It is surrounded by live oaks, azaleas, English ivy, and Asiatic jasmine. The Georgian Revival structure with its formal axial symmetry was designed by Rathbone deBuys of New Orleans. It was erected in 1923 upon the foundations of Lauren Rogers’s house, which was incomplete at the time of his death.
Today, more than 90 years after its founding, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art continues as a memorial to a young man who stood at the threshold of his adult life, full of promise and high expectations. In the aftermath of his tragic death, his family determined to create a living monument to his spirit, his ability and the promise of his future. The Museum, they felt, would serve the community in ways that Lauren would have served it, had he lived. Their vision, generosity and commitment have endured in a Museum that opens its collections to the public six days a week, sponsors an extensive educational program and offers exhibitions that expose the members of the community to the best examples of art of its many forms.
Admission to the Museum is free. Suggested donation of $3 for adults (non-members) is accepted. The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is completely accessible for handicapped visitors. A wheelchair is available.
Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more. Please make reservations at least two weeks in advance by contacting Elizabeth Patterson, Visitor Services Coordinator, at 601.649.6374 or at epatterson@LRMA.org or info@LRMA.org.