Terrance Osborne designs life-sized shotgun playhouse at the Louisiana Children’s Museum

Osborne says he wants kids to feel like they're stepping inside one of his paintings.

One exhibit in the new Louisiana Children’s Museum brings the artwork of New Orleans artist Terrance Osborne to life. Osborne adds his special touch to a life-sized shotgun playhouse created in the style of his iconic paintings.

Osborne says he wants kids to feel like they’re stepping inside one of his paintings. Visitors will get to experience the new exhibit when the Louisiana Children Museum opens on Saturday, Aug. 31 in City Park.

“It’s mostly so that they can experience the art and feel like it’s their house,” Osborne said.

In true New Orleans fashion, a front porch greets visitors stepping inside. Osborne adorned the house with with three-dimensional, painted cut-outs to shape exterior architectural details and interior design elements.

The asymmetric shotgun design features three rooms — a living room, a kitchen and a laundry room. Each room will feature interactive elements.

In the living room, Osborne says he will turn some of his notable paintings into puzzles kids can assemble on the walls. The kitchen will contain elements like a stove and a seating area. In the laundry room, kids can test out a hands-on activity to learn about plumbing.

Photo courtesy: Terrance Osborne

“This is completely interactive. The kids can climb through the windows and touch everything in here,” Osborne said.

Osborne’s playhouse also features a few tributes to the beloved Julia Street museum location. You’ll spot a Julia Street sign on a gas lamp and the home’s address is 420 — both nods to the historic location’s address at 420 Julia Street.

“With this you can physically go into the work. So, I want people to be overwhelmed when they see it, and I want the kids to really enjoy themselves,” Osborne said.

The new Louisiana Children’s Museum will welcome families from all over to enjoy the state-of-the-art facility on its 8.5-acre site in the midst of New Orleans’ largest park.

The museum announced it will offer free admission on grand opening day, Saturday, Aug. 31 from noon to 7:30 p.m. Following grand opening, general admission is $14 per person.

Several areas will be open to the public without admission including the talk and play center, the teacher resource center, and Acorn restaurant and its waterfront dining porch.

Grand opening weekend at the Louisiana Children’s Museum will offer special extended hours.

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the museum will return to its normal operating hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with general admission tickets costing $14 per person for adults and children 12 months and older.

The Louisiana Children’s Museum is located at 15 Henry Thomas Drive at New Orleans City Park.

For more information about Terrance Osborne, visit his website.

For more information about the Louisiana Children’s Museum, visit the website.