United States

106 N. Union Street
106 N. Union Street
Phone: 337-942-4991
Fax: 337-942-4930
Website: cajuntravel.com

The Opelousas Museum Of Art

Two museum experiences in one! A rare example of classic Federal architecture in the South, Wier House (National Register of Historic Places, 1995) now serves as the Opelousas Museum of Art with exhibitions from major museums and private art collections.

On Display :

E.J. Bellocq, New Orleans Storyville Portraits
Photographs from the Red-Light District, circa 1912

Ernest James Bellocq was regarded by his acquaintances as a competent commercial photographer whose craft absorbed most of his interest and of whom little else was known. But Bellocq also had a secret life. Upon his death, a collection of about one hundred glass plate negatives were discovered in a drawer of his desk. The plates were portraits of the New Orleans Storyville prostitutes dating from about 1912. Many of the portraits are nude – with unpretentious candor about, mostly, unpretentious bodies. Bellocq’s portraits reveal a stark yet compassionate frankness, refusing to glamorize or objectify the women. His Storyville portraits are the only true-to-life visual record of this extraordinary part of American history, one of the era’s most notorious red-light districts.

The signature exhibition represents the most complete collection of one of New Orleans most famous and historic photographers owned by and on loan from the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Permanent Collection

The museum is housed in a National Register of Historic Places structure, the Joseph Richard Wier Memorial Building, c. 1820 and stores no permanent art collection.


The museum features loan exhibitions from major museums and private art collections.


Recognized by art historians and collectors as one of the most significant to focus solely on South artists and their work. Exhibition celebrates the culmination of Ogden's original vision to share his passion with the public. Features about 60 works of art such as paintings, works on paper, mixed media, and floor sculpture.

Previous Exhibitions

William Hogarth, Engraver Extraordinaire; Significant Others, Photography & Monogamy; Winslow Homer the Illustrator, His Wood Engravings 1857-1888; Norman Rockwell, Images of America Frozen in Time; The Birds of Louisiana by John James Audubon; Jazz & Pizazz Photography; New York Show


Suggested donation, $5.

Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday 1pm to 5 pm
Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, January

Getting there

Opelousas, Louisiana at the crossroads of I-49 & State Hwy. 190; 20 minutes from Lafayette, LA


Disabled facilities on site.

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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Tour groups enccouraged and accomodated with on site tour specialist by appointment; 337/942-4991.


On site information.


Solicited and encouraged.

Venue hire

Accommodated by appointment.