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Historical Museum Guide for Mississippi

A directory of Historical Museums in Mississippi, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Mississippi?  A visit is not complete without exploring a Mississippi history museum or two.  Step back in time and learn how people lived in times gone by.  The following guide should help you locate history museums in Mississippi.  We have included virtual tours, histories, genealogy research information and links to old Mississippi photos, Mississippi history timelines and other tidbits of Mississippi history to help you see and learn about the history of Mississippi without ever leaving home.

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Mississippi History Museums

Mississippi State History Mississippi County Histories

The source of these great county histories is "Mississippi The Heart of the South" by Dunbar Rowland, L.L.D, the director of the Mississippi State Archives.  Published 1925.  Includes interesting history of each county along with some old photos and special materials.

Mississippi Plantations and Antebellum Homes

This great list will provide you with information, photos and the location of many great Mississippi plantations and historic homes.

 

Adams County Museums

Auburn Museum & Historic Home

Built in 1812, Auburn was the first major building in Natchez, Mississippi.  The historic red brick mansion is being restored and period furniture is being added to the home over time as most of the original furnishings were lost.  Donations of furnishings are accepted.  This museum of southern history is located at 400 Duncan Avenue in Natchez, MS.

Dunleith Historic Inn

[History]  [Gallery]

Dunleith Inn was built in 1856 and is being operated as an Inn today.  The Inn sits on 40 beautifully landscaped acres and features other original historical buildings dating back to the 1790s.  While Dunleith Inn is being operated today as a hotel, history tours of the main house are offered to visitors.  Rental for weddings and events is also available.  Located at 84 Homochitto Street in Natchez, MS.

Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

The Grand Village is a 128-acre site featuring a history museum, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house and three Native American Indian mounds.  Located at 400 Jefferson Davis Blvd. in Natchez, MS.

Historic Jefferson College

[History & Photos]

As the first institution of higher learning in the state of Mississippi, Jefferson College was created in 1802 and the first 15 students were enrolled in 1811.  Today, visitors can explore the campus winding through historic gardens, a historic cemetery and inside they will find the dormitory, kitchen and other historic buildings.  Located at 16 Old N Street in the village of Washington, Mississippi.

Historic Plantations, Homes & Buildings

The House on Ellicott Hill

The house was built ca 1798 by Andrew Ellicott, after raising the American flag on this Ellicott Hill in 1797 under the directive of President George Washington.  The home was restored in the 1930s by the Natchez Garden Club.  Tours of the historic property are offered to visitors.  Located at 211 North Canal Street in Natchez, MS.

Longwood

Longwood Hall was designed by Samuel Sloan for Haller and Julia Nutt, (wealthy planters).  The largest octagon house in America was started in 1860 and never completed due to the Civil War.  The Nutt family lived in the lower level which was the only portion of the structure which was completed.  Tours of this National Historic Landmark are offered to visitors.  Also known as Nutt's Folly, the property is located at 401 High Street in Natchez, MS.

Magnolia Hall

Built in downtown Natchez just prior to the Civil War in 1858 for Thomas Henderson, the mansion features Greek Revival architecture.  A costume museum is housed inside the grand old home.  Restored by the Natchez Garden Club, Magnolia Hall is part of the Natchez Pilgrimage Tour.  Located at 215 S. Pearl Street in Natchez, MS.

Melrose

Melrose is a Greek Revival mansion built in 1848.  Today, the house is operated by the Natchez National Historical Park.  Visitors may tour the grounds and gardens and exhibits in the slave cabin. Located in the Natchez National Historical Park at 1 Melrose Montebello Parkway in Natchez, MS.

Monmouth Plantation

Built ca 1818 as a home for General John A. Quitman, an early Mississippi governor of Mexican War fame, the mansion today, house many original Quitman pieces.  This historic antebellum home is today a small luxury hotel.  Located at 36 Melrose Avenue in Natchez, MS.

Mount Locust

The Mount Locust Inn & Plantation is the only frontier inn remaining in Mississippi.  The Inn is part of the Natchez Trace Parkway.  Restored to it's 1820 appearance, visitors can explore the paths and historic sites such as the brick kiln, family cemetery, slave cemetery, slave quarters, and the overseer's house.  The historic site is used to interpret live on the Natchez Trace for early travelers, plantation owners and the enslaved African Americans who worked the farm.  Located at milepost 15.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi.

Natchez National Historic Park

Natchez, Mississippi historic site includes 18th Century, French built Fort Rosalie and antebellum homes - the William Johnson House and Melrose Estate.  Located at 640 South Canal Street in Natchez, MS.

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Operated by the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture, the museum is housed inside the former US Post Office and features local history from 1716 to present day with exhibits of artifacts, photos, home furnishings and personal items of local residents.   museum is located at 301 Main Street in Natchez, MS.

Rosalie Mansion

[History]

Located on the Mississippi Bluff near the site of the Natchez Indians' massacre of the French at Fort Rosalie, the house was built ca 1823.  The house was headquarters to the Union Army during the Civil War.  Today, it is owned by the Mississippi State Society of the DAR and features 21 pieces of Rococo Revival furniture from the workshop of John H. Belter.  Located at 100 Orleans Street in Natchez, MS.

Stanton Hall & Carriage Restaurant

[History]

Construction of Stanton Hall was completed in 1859 by Frederick Stanton, an Irish immigrant and cotton merchant.  Although Stanton died just months after it's completion, his family occupied the home until 1894.  The house was restored by the Pilgrimage Garden Club and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974.  The home features furnishings as it would have held originally.  Tours are offered and visitors will learn about the life of a wealthy Natchez family.  The Carriage House Restaurant features fine Southern cuisine.  Located at 401 High Street in Natchez, MS.

 

Alcorn County Museums

Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

The center features interactive exhibits related to the Civil War Battle of Shiloh and the Battle of Corinth.  The center is located near the site of Battery Robinett, the Federal fortification where some of the bloodiest fighting of the Battle of Corinth happened.  Located inside Shiloh National Military Park at 501 W. Linden Street in Corinth, MS.

Crossroads Museum

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The museum is located at the well-known Crossroads where the Memphis & Charleston and the Mobile & Ohio railroads made Corinth, Mississippi the most strategic transportation hub during the Civil War.  Housed inside the historic Corinth Depot, the museum features collections of American Civil War artifacts, railroad artifacts, American Indian artifacts, fossils and aviation memorabilia along with many local history items.  Located at 221 North Fillmore Street in Corinth, MS.

Lake Hill Motors' Bike Museum

Exhibits of vintage motorcycles and memorabilia.  Located at 72 E Annex in Corinth, MS.

Verandah Curlee House Museum

Built in 1857 for Hamilton Mask (a founder of Corinth), the mansion is steeped in Civil War history, and served as a headquarters for the Confederacy.  Currently, restoration efforts are in progress.  Tours are by appointment only.  Located at 705 Jackson Street in Corinth, MS.

 

Amite County Museums

Jerry Clower Museum

The museum is focused in the life and career of Howard Gerald (Jerry) Clower, a popular country comedian best known for his stories of the rural south.  Located at 1 Amazing Grace Lane in East Fork, MS.

Little Red Schoolhouse

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The historic building is the only one left standing after the Amite Female Seminary was completely obliterated by Union soldiers during the Civil War.  Today it holds artifacts and exhibits related to the history of this area of Mississippi.  Operated by the Amite County Historical Society the Little Red Schoolhouse is Located on Clinic Drive in Liberty, MS.

 

Attala County Museums Kosciusko Museum and Visitors Center

The museum is focused on the local history of the people of Kosciusko, Mississippi.  Exhibits include historic artifacts and items from the past along with art exhibits by local artisans.  Located at milepost 159.9 of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Kosciusko, MS.

 

Bolivar County Museums

Charles W. Capps Jr. Archives & Museum

The Delta State University Archives Department collects, preserves and makes accessible historical manuscript collections that document the history and culture of Mississippi in general and the Mississippi Delta region in particular.  Located at 1003 W. Sunflower Blvd. in Cleveland, MS.

Dave "Boo" Ferris Museum

The museum is dedicated to telling the story of a baseball icon - former Red Sox pitcher and head coach of the delta State baseball team, Dave "Boo" Ferris.  Open before home games, the museum is located at the main entrance of the Robert L. Crawford Center at the Delta State University baseball complex in Cleveland, MS.

Martin & Sue King Railroad Museum

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The primary focus of the museum is to preserve, promote and educate visitors about the culture and history of the railroads in the Mississippi Delta region.  Located at 115 South Bayou Road in Cleveland, MS.

 

Carroll County Museums Mississippi John Hurt Museum

The museum is focused on the preservation of the musical legacy and history of Mississippi John Hurt, a famed blues musician.  The museum is housed inside John Hurt's shanty home.  Museum is open by appointment only.  For location, see Directions & Map.

 

Choctaw County Museums French Camp Academy Historic District

Frenchman's Camp was founded ca 1810 when a tavern and in was opened by Louis LeFleur and his family.  A visit to the historic district will take visitors back in time as they see how early life was lived when folks travelled the Natchez Trace.  For location, see Directions and Map.

 

Claiborne County Museums Grand Gulf Military Park

This Mississippi history museum, located in Port Gibson, includes exhibits of Civil War artifacts found locally, an old carriage house which houses a Civil War ambulance, a fire engine, a blacksmith shop and the old Grand Gulf Jail and some historic homes.  Some historic buildings, including Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church have been moved to this area and can be explored as well.

 

Clay County Museums Howlin' Wolf Museum

Open by appointment only.  Contact Jeremy Klutts at 662-605-836111.  Located on the Mississippi Blues Trail at 307 West Westbrook Street in West Point, MS.

The Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum

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[Virtual "On the Tracks" Tour]

Housed in the former train depot, the museum is focused on historic transportation in the West Point area of Mississippi.  Located at 201 Depot Street in West Point, MS.

 

Coahoma County Museums Delta Blues Museum

The Delta Blues Museum is focused on the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues.  A stage next to the museum serves as a venue for local festivals such as the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival.  The museum is housed inside the historic 1918 Clarksdale Freight Depot located at 1 Blues Alley in Clarksdale, MS.

The North Delta Museum

The North Delta Museum houses historical artifacts from the Mississippi Delta and the Mississippi River including Indian relics, pioneer artifacts, Civil War articles and other items related to the local history of the area.  Located on the banks of the Mississippi River on Second Street in Friars Point, MS.

Rock and Blues Museum

The museum is focused on the rich history and the evolution of American music from blues, country and gospel to rockabilly, rhythm & blues, soul, and rock 'n roll.  Exhibits of musical memorabilia spanning the decades form the 1920s through the 1970 are featured.  Located at 113 E. 2nd Street in Clarksdale, MS.

WROX Museum

Housed inside the building where WROX radio was broadcast and Early Wright entertained folks, the museum features historic equipment, history, and memorabilia associated with radio and music.  Located at 257 Delta Avenue in Clarksdale, MS.

 

Copiah County Museums

Mississippi Music Museum

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Housed inside the Hazlehurst Train Depot, the museum celebrates the birthplace of America's music.  The museum showcases all Mississippi-born genres of music including blues, country, rock, classical, gospel and and jazz.  Sponsored by the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Music Museum is located at 138 N. Ragsdale Avenue in Hazlehurst, MS.

The Robert Johnson Blues Museum

The museum is a tribute to Robert Johnson, "King of the Delta Blues Singers".  Located at 218 E. Main Avenue in Crystal Springs, MS.

 

Covington County Museums

Mitchell Farms

The living history farm features restored farm buildings on a working farm.  Located at 650 Leaf River Church Road in Collins, MS.

 

DeSoto County Museums

American Contract Bridge League Museum

The museum houses the largest collection of bridge-related artifacts in the world and features an interactive showcase of the history of the game.  Exhibits include the Bridge Hall of Fame display, a collection of national championship trophies, and the Joan Schepps Collection of Trump Indicators.  Located at 6575 Windchase Blvd. in Horn Lake, MS.

The DeSoto County Museum

The primary focus of the DeSoto County Museum is to preserve and interpret the history of the DeSoto County area of Mississippi.  Collections of historical photos, documents and artifacts are displayed from the days of Hernando DeSoto's exploration in 1541 to present day.  Located at 111 E. Commerce Street in Hernando, MS.

 

Forrest County Museums African American Military History Museum

The museum exhibits 150 years of African-American military history through artifacts, photos, and displays.  Located at 305 E. 6th Street in Hattiesburg, MS.

Hattiesburg Area Historical Society Museum

The museum is devoted to the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, documents, photographs and other items related to the local history of Hattiesburg.  Located in the Hattiesburg Cultural Center at 723 Main Street in historic Downtown Hattiesburg, MS.

Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby

Focused on the role of Mississippi's military history from the War of 1812 to present day.  The museum honors the service and sacrifice of Mississippi's servicemen and women of all branches.  Located inside building 850 in Camp Shelby through the public gate on  Highway 49.

 

Franklin County Museums Franklin County Museum

The museum is focused on the history of Franklin county.  Located at 118 Highway 556 in Meadville, MS.

 

Greene County Museums

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The museum is focused on the preservation of Greene County history.  The Greene County Museum houses historical artifacts related to the history of the people who lived there and features artifacts including pre-historic Indian relics, items from early pioneer times, and the history of river rafting of logs.  Located on the 4th floor of the Greene County Courthouse at 400 Main Street in Leakesville, MS.

 

Grenada County Museums

Grenada Historical Museum and Coca Cola Memorabilia Display

The museum is focused on the local history of Grenada and provides an interesting display of Coca Cola memorabilia.  Located in Grenada City Hall on First Street in Grenada, MS.

Grenada Lake Visitors Center

The Grenada Lake Visitors Center is designed to blend into the scenery of Grenada Lake.  The Visitors Center provides information about Grenada Lake, exhibits about the lake and provides a panoramic view of the massive 36,000 acre lake.  Located at 2202 Scenic Loop 333 in Grenada, MS.

 

Hancock County Museums

Alice Mosely Folk Art & Antique Museum

Housed inside the Bay St. Louis' historic train depot, the muusem is focused on the art and life of Alice Moseley.  Located on the 2nd floor at 1928 Depot Way at Bay St. Louis, MS.

Kate Lobrano House

The 1896 shotgun cottage is being Operated by the Hancock County Historical Society as a museum and research facility whose primary focus is on Hancock County history.  Located at 108 Cue Street in Bay Saint Louis, MS.

 

Harrison County Museums

 

Beauvoir

Home to Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. Photo taken ca 1923, courtesy of American Memory.

 

Beauvoir Jefferson Davis Home

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The Biloxi home was erected 1855 by James Brown.  It was purchased by Jefferson Davis in 1877.  His literary work "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government" was penned in the pavillion of the home.  At one time it as used as a U.S. Veterans Hospital.  Opened as the Jefferson Davis Memorial Library for Southern history research in 1969, it was hit by Hurricane Camille.  It was repaired and served as the library until a new Presidential Library was opened in 1998.  After that time, the home served a museum and reminder of the past heritage of the "South".  The home was severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina but has been restored again.  Located at 2244 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi, MS.

Biloxi Lighthouse

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Built in 1848 of cast iron, the lighthouse operated from 1848 to 1839.  Today, it is owned by the City of Biloxi and is now open to the public for tours.  The lighthouse did survive Hurricane Katrina with extensive damage.  It has been fully restored again and is open for tours.  Located in the middle of U.S. 90 at Porter Avenue in Biloxi, MS.

Busted Wrench Garage Museum

The exhibit hall features classic cars, motorcycles and boats along with automobile memorabilia.  Located at 2311 29th Street in Gulfport, MS.

Mardi Gras Museum on Facebook

The Mardi Gras Museum features exhibits and memorabilia related to the past and present of the Mardi Gras celebration.  Located inside the Magnolia Hotel at 119 Rue Magnolia in Biloxi, MS.

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum

The primary focus of the museum is to preserve and interpret the maritime history and heritage of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Featuring exhibits about shrimping, oystering, recreational fishing, wetlands, boating, marine blacksmithing, wooden boat building and many more related activities.  Visitors will learn about local maritime history.  Located at 115 1st Street in Biloxi, MS.

Pleasant Reed House

Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

Built in the 1880s and 1890s, the Pleasant Reed house has been restored and houses the artworks of Ohr-O'Keefe.  Located at 386 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi, MS.

The Seabee Museum & Heritage Center

The museum is focused on the history of the Seabees and the Civil Engineer Corps.  Exhibits are provided by the Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme.  Located at 60, 1800 Dong Xoai Avenue, #124 in Gulfport, MS.

West End Hose Company No. 3 Museum & Fire Education Center

[Exhibits and Photos]

The museum features historic firefighting tools, equipment and a center to teach children fire prevention safety.  Housed in the historic 1937 fire house located at 1046 Howard Avenue in Biloxi, MS.

 

Hinds County Museums

The Eudora Welty House and Garden

[How to Visit]

The house was home to Pulitzer Prize winning author, Eudora Welty.  Today, the house has been restored and houses the Eudora Welty Collection which consists of manuscripts, papers and photographs.  Located at 1119 Pinehurst Street in Jackson, MS.

The International Museum of Muslim Cultures

Focus is on Islamic history and culture.  Located at 201 E. Pascagoula Street in Jackson, MS.

Jackson Public Fire Safety Education Center & Fire Museum

The Fire Museum is focused on showcasing the history of firefighting in Jackson, Mississippi thorugh exhibits of artifacts and firefighting equipment.  The Fire Safety Education Center teaches the public how to remain safe from fire.  Located at 355 Woodrow Wilson in Jackson, MS.

Manship House Museum

This museum was closed in July 2010 for repairs but has been reopened for group tours by appointment.  Call 601-961-4724 for information or to schedule a group tour.  Located at 420 E. Fortification Street in Jackson, MS.

Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum / National Agricultural Aviation Museum

Take a journey through time and learn about the agricultural history of Mississippi.  Tour guides show visitors how agriculture and forestry molded the history and heritage of the State of Mississippi.  Museums include the Heritage Exhibit Center, the National Agricultural Aviation Museum, the Fitzgerald Collection, Small Town Mississippi, the Fortenberry-Parkman Farmstead, the Ethnic Heritage Center and the Forestry Auditorium.  Experience the hospitality and charm of rural life.  Located at 1150 Lakeland Drive in Jackson, MS.

Mississippi Governors Mansion

The Mississippi Governors Mansion has the distinction of being the second oldest continuously occupied governor's residence in the United States.  The Greek Revival styled Mansion was completed in 1842 and occupied by Governor Tilghman Tucker and his family.  The historic section of the Governor's Mansion is open to the public on a regular basis.  Guided tours are provided.  Call 601-359-6421 for group tours over 10 persons.  Located at 300 E. Capitol Street in Jackson, MS.

Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame

Focused on honoring all the great musicians of Mississippi, the museum is located inside the Jackson / Evers International Airport at 100 International Drive in Jackson, MS.

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame honors Mississippians who have excelled in sports.  The museum provides a look into the history of the Magnolia State's sports and athletes.  Located at 1152 Lakeland Drive in Jackson, MS.

The Oaks House Museum (Boyd House)

[Virtual Tour]   [History]

The Oaks is one of Jackson's oldest homes.  The Greek Revival - style cottage was erected about 1853 and it is one of the few structures which survived the burning of Jackson during the Civil War.  The museum is set up to depict the life of an ordinary middle-class family living in the an urban farmstead during the 19th century.  The Oaks House also known as the Boyd House is located at 823 Jefferson Street in Jackson, MS.

Old Capitol Museum

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This beautiful historical building was built in 1839 of limestone and features a copper dome.  The grandeur of this massive old building has made it the most distinguished building in Mississippi.  Originally known as The State House, the Old Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi served as the state capitol from 1839 to 1903. This historic building was later used as a state office building and since 1961, it has held the state historical museum.  The Old Mississippi State Capitol has been restored to the state of grandeur as it was once known for in it's early days.  Exhibits focus on the history of the building and important state events such as the creation of the 1868 and 1890 Mississippi state constitutions.  This beautiful old building sustained damage from Hurricane Katrina but was repaired and reopened February 7, 2009.  Located at 100 S. State Street in Jackson, MS.

Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center

Housed in the old Smith Robertson school building in Jackson, this Mississippi history museum features art, artifacts and photography which depicts the lifestyle and artistic contributions of African Americans from the deep south.  The museum showcases the history of African American Mississippians.  Located at 528 Bloom Street in Jackson, MS.

 

Humphreys County Museums

The Catfish Museum and Welcome Center

Housed inside the former "I B & B Depot", the Catfish Museum and Welcome Center is focused on the history and culture of the land and her people.  Visitors will learn the story of the catfish and the importance of the farm-raised catfish industry in this area of Mississippi.  Belzoni is home to the World Catfish Festival.  Located at 111 Magnolia Street in Belzoni, MS.

The Ethel Wright Mohamed Stitchery Museum

Ethel Wright Mohamed renowned for her stitchery and has left a beautiful collection of stitchery to tell the story of her family's history.  Visitors will view the artworks and learn about the life of Ethel Wright Mohamed, also known as Mississippi's Grandma Moses.  Located at 307 Central in Belzoni, MS.

Humphreys County Cultural Museum

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The Belzoni Museum houses many historical artifacts and items related to the history of Belzoni and Humphreys County.  Located at 910 Church Street in Belzoni, MS.

The Jaketown Museum

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The Jaketown Museum houses artifacts from Jaketown dating from 1750 BC to 1500 AD.  It is considered to be one of the earliest inhabited sites in North America.  Located at 116 West Jackson Street in Belzoni, MS.

 

Itawamba County Museums

Historic Bonds House Museum

The Bonds house was built about 1895 by James Andrew Bonds, a Mantachie merchant and postmaster.  The house is representative of the rural farm houses of the area in the late 19th century.  The Itawamba Historical Society is operating a museum in the house which houses historical artifacts related to Itawamba County history from the 1800s through the 20th century.  Across from the Bonds House is the George Poteet History Center, featuring research materials for those researching family history in Itawamba County.  Located at 44 Museum Drive in Mantachie, MS.

 

Jackson County Museums The GI Museum

The GI Museum is focused on the preservation of memorabilia representing generations of Americans who have served our country for our freedom.  Through displays of artifacts and educational programs, the museum educates visitors about the sacrifices made by the many Americans who have served in the US armed forces and have sacrificed so we may remain free.  At various times during the year, the GI Museum features living history events where visitors can see reenactments of soldiers in full dress uniforms representing past conflicts.  Located at 5796 Ritcher Road in Ocean Springs, MS.

Scranton Museum

Visitors will explore a 70 foot shrimp boat, the wheelhouse, galley, shrimping TED, a wetlands diorama and 3 aquariums.  Located in Pascagoula River Park in Pascagoula, MS.

The Walter Anderson Museum of Art

The museum features the artworks of Walter Inglis Anderson.  Adjoining the community center where Mr. Anderson painted in the 1950s, the museum is located at 510 Washington Avenue in Ocean Springs, MS.

 

Jefferson County Museums

Emerald Mound - Indian Burial Site

Emerald Mound is one of the largest ceremonial mounds in the United States.  Originally known as the Seltzertown site, the name today is derived from nearby Emerald Plantation of pre civil war days.  The mound is 35 feet high and covers 8 acres.  Emerald Mound is the second largest ceremonial earthwork in the US and it is estimated to have been occupied between 1250AD and 1600AD by ancestors of the Natchez People.  Located on Rural Route 2, NT-143, Tupelo, MS.

Mount Locust Inn and Plantation

Construction of this historical structure was begun during Revolutionary War times by John Blommart as a shelter and resting place for the boatmen who floated boats down the Mississippi River and then had to walk back (known as Kaintucks).  In later years, Mount Locust was the center of the Chamberlain family cotton plantation who occupied the farm and house for 5 generations.  Today it is owned by the National Park Service and has been restored to it's 1820 appearance where visitors use walking paths to see not only the house but the historic sites such as the brick kiln, family cemetery, slave cemetery and sites of the plantation structures.  Life on the Natchez Trace is interpreted for visitors through exhibits about the early travelers, plantation owners and the enslaved African Americans who worked there.  Located at milepost 15.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

 

Jefferson Davis County Museums Holloway Polk Historical House & Cultural Center

The Holloway-Polk House is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Jefferson Davis County.  Built in 1864, the  house is the only remaining antebellum house in the area.  Today, the house is being preserved.  Guided tours are offered and visitors will enjoy and learn about the life and culture of the local community during the mid 1800s through historical artifacts.  Located at 6162 Highway 84 in Prentiss, MS.

 

Jones County Museums The Deason Home

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The historic Deason Home was built in the 1840s and is the oldest home still standing in Jones County.  The home has a Civil War history and has even been purported to be haunted.  Operated by the Tallahala Chapter of the DAR, the Deason House is open by appointment.  Call 601-477-8646.  Located at 410 Anderson Street in Ellisville, MS.

Landrum's Homestead and Village

The site features a replica of an entire village as it would have appeared in the late 1800s.  Take a walking tour of the past.  Wedding rentals are available.  Located at 1356 Highway 15 South in Laurel, MS.

Veterans Memorial Museum on Facebook

The museum features military history through books, newspapers and documents from all eras.  Collections include over 100 movies and documentaries.  Located at 920 Hillcrest Drive in Laurel, MS.

 

Kemper County Museums Kemper County Historical Museum

Housed inside a former warehouse building, the museum features historical artifacts related to the heritage of Kemper and provides a special collection of items form the life and times of U.S. Senator John C. Stennis.  Located on Jackson Street in DeKalb, MS.

 

Lafayette County Museums Gammill Gallery

The museum provides exhibits of photography documenting the history of the American South.  Located at the Center of the Study of Southern Culture on the campus of the University of Mississippi at the intersection of Sorority Row and Grove Loop in Oxford, MS.

Rowan Oak

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The historic home of William Faulkner was built in 1844.  The house is situated on 29 acres of land located just south of the Square in Oxford, MS.  The house and grounds are open year round for tours.  Located at 916 Old Taylor Road in Oxford, MS.

The University of Mississippi Museum

Located in Oxford, MS, exhibits include Greek and Roman antiquities, Barnard collection of scientific instruments, a southern folk art collection, the Walton-Young Historic House, William Faulkner's historic home of Rowan Oak and the Seymour Lawrence collection of American art.  Located at the intersection of University Avenue and 5th Street in Oxford, MS.

 

Lauderdale County Museums Causeyville General Store & Mill

The Causeyville General Store was first opened in 1895.  Visitors to the site will see many original fixtures in the store and a working gristmill.  Located at 6129 Causeyville Road in Meridian, MS.

Jimmie Rodgers Museum

The museum is focused on the life and times of Jimmie Rodgers who is known as "the father of country music".  Displays of memorabilia are featured.  Located at 1725 Jimmie Rodgers Drive in Meridian, MS.

Key Brothers Aviation Exhibit

The exhibit of photos serve as a commemoration to the Keys brothers who set a world endurance flight record in 1935, bring a bit of fame to Mississippi when air travel was still so young.  Located in the Meridian Regional Airport at 2811 US Hwy 11 South in Meridian, MS.

Meridian Railroad Museum on Facebook

The museum features historic railroad cars.  Located at 1805 Front Street in Meridian, MS.

Merrehope and F.W. Williams Homes Tour

[History]  [Tour]

Merrehope is one of the few remaining Antebellum homes in Meridian and the F. W. Williams Home was built ca 1886.  Both of these historic homes have been preserved and contain beautiful furnishings.  Located at 905 Martin Luther King, JR. Memorial Drive in Meridian, MS.

Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum

[Photos and Facts]

The museum is devoted to the promotion of the heritage, labor and innovation that influenced and shaped our great country's rise as an industrial and manufacturing pioneer.  Located in the historic Soule' Steam Feed Works at 1808 4th Street in Meridian, MS.

 

Lawrence County Museums Lawrence County Regional Historical Museum

Housed inside a historical building, the Lawrence County Civic Center and Museum is filled with historic relics, antiques and other items related to the rich heritage of Lawrence County.  Rental of portions of the center are available for event rental.  Located at 125 E. Broad Street in Monticello, MS.

 

Lee County Museums

Brice Crossroads National Battlefield

The historic site of the famed Civil War battle of June 10, 1864.  Visitors are advised to visit the Brice's Crossroads Visitor and Interpretive Center located near the intersection of US Highway 45 and Mississippi 370 in Bladwyn, MS.

Elvis Presley Birthplace

[History]

Focused on the birth and life of Elvis Aaron Presley, the boy from Tupelo.  The site includes his actual birthplace house and a museum.  Located at 306 Elvis Presley Drive in Tupelo, MS.

Oren Dunn City Museum

Housed inside an old dairy barn that was once part of the Forest Lake Farms, the museum presents the history of Tupelo from it's beginnings to present ay.  Located at 689 Rutherford Road in Ballard Park Tupelo, MS.

Tupelo Automobile Museum

The museum features a large collection of automobile displays with over 100 antique, classic and collectible automobiles valued at over 6 million dollars.  Located at 1 Otis Blvd. in Tupelo, MS.

Tupelo National Battlefield

 

Leflore County Museums

Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum & Gallery

Dedicated to the memory of Robert Johnson, the museum features a collection of Robert Johnson materials along with photographs and memorabilia chronicling the history of the Delta blues.  Located at 222 Howard Street in Greenwood, MS.

Museum of the Mississippi Delta

Previously known at the Cottonlandia Museum, exhibits include historical agricultural and military objects along with an extensive collection of Native American artifacts and information about the importance of cotton in the Mississippi Delta.  Visitors are offered a glimpse into the past of Leflore County.  Local artwork is displayed as well.  Located at 1908 Highway 82 West in Greenwood, MS.

 

Lincoln County Museums

Holland Museum 

Operated by the Holland Historical Trust, the Holland Museum also features an Archives and Research Library, the Cappon House, Settlers House and the Holland Armory.  Located at 31 W. 10th Street

The Military Memorial Museum

Located at 125 S. Whitworth Avenue in Brookhaven, MS.

 

Lowndes County Museums

Columbus Tour of Antebellum Homes 

Explore some of the most beautiful antebellum homes in the south on the Columbus home tour.  Some of the lovely homes visitors will see are the 1848 Amzi Love / Lincoln home, the 1847 Lee home and museum, 1856 Rosedale, the 1875 Tennessee William home and many others.  Visit the Welcome Center at 300 Main Street in Columbus, MS to begin your tour.

Stephen D. Lee Home and Museum

[History]

Built in 1847, the house was the last home to Confederate General Stephen D. Lee, historian, educator and peacemaker.  The house is open to visitors for tours and features a museum focused on local and regional history along with the life of General Stephen D. Lee.  Located at 316 Seventh Street North in Columbus, MS.

 

Madison County Museums

Canton Movie Museums

Canton Multicultural Center and Museum

Focus is on the history, family life, business and community life of African Americans and details their struggle for civil rights.  Located at 141 N. Union Street in Canton, MS.

Canton Train Museum

The historic Canton Train Depot was built in 1890.  The historic depot has been restored and is being operated as a museum.  Located at 108 Depot Drive in Canton, MS.

Mississippi Petrified Forest

Visitors will enjoy a walking tour through the Mississippi Petrified Forest among ancient trees.  At the end of the trail, is the earth science museum featuring collections of fossils, petrified wood and minerals from around the world.  Located at 124 Forest Park Road in Flora, MS.

 

Marion County Museums

The John Ford Home

[Living History Event]

The John Ford Home was built sometime prior to 1800 and known as John Ford's Fort.  It is a perfect example of a Mississippi Territory frontier-styled house.  The home was the site of several historic events during the Mississippi Territorial days, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.  Operated by the Marion County Historical Society, the house may be toured by appointment.  Call 601-731-3999.  Located at .142 John Ford Home Road in Sandy Hook, MS.

Marion County / City of Columbia Historical Museum and Archives

The museum holds collections of historical relics, early settlement information and a massive amount of family genealogical information from the area.  Housed inside the renovated train depot, the museum is located at 200 Second Street in Columbia, MS.

 

Marshall County Museums

Ida B. Wells - Barnett Museum

The museum provides exhibits related to the contributions of Africans and African Americans in the fields of history, art and culture throughout the world.  Collections include family heirlooms and artifacts of African American historic value.  Housed in the Spires Bolling / Gatewood House at the intersection of Randolph and Salem Avenues in Hilly Springs, MS.

Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery

Featuring the artworks of Kate Freeman Clark, the Gallery is located at 300 East College Avenue in Holly Springs, MS.

Marshall County Historical Museum

[History]

The museum is focused on the history of Marshall County and features displays of historical artifacts related to the history of Marshall County.  Located at 220 E. College Avenue in Holly Springs, MS.

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

The site features the historic Davis House and a nature center.  Located at 285 Plains Road in Holly Springs, MS.

Yellow Fever Martyrs Church Museum

Christ Church is a small frame church built in 1841.  The lovely little church has been restored and is known as the Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum.  Located at 100 Randolph Street in Holly Springs, MS.

 

Monroe County Museums

Amory Regional Musuem

Dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of historical artifacts, documents and other items related to the local history of the City of Amory.  Located at 801 3rd Street South in Amory, MS.

Holiday Haven

Built ca 1850, the Greek Revival styled mansion contains many original furnishings and items.  Located at 609 S. Meridian Street in Aberdeen, MS.

The Magnolias

Built in 1850 by Dr. and Mrs. William Sykes, the historic home is open to the public for tours and may also be rented for weddings and special events.  Located at 732 W. Commerce Street in Aberdeen, MS.

 

Montgomery County Museums

French Camp Academy Historic Village

The Historic Village features historical buildings and living history showcasing history alongside the Natchez Trace.  Located in French Camp, MS.

 

Neshoba County Museums

The Choctaw Museum

The museum educates visitors about the history of the Choctaw culture and the Mississippi Choctaw's way of life.  Located on Highway 16 West in Philadelphia, MS.

The Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum

The museum is focused on the preservation of the history of Neshoba County and Philadelphia, Mississippi.  Housed inside an historic house built by George Pegram Woodward just after the Civil War, the house today is known as the Fields House and is located at 303 Water Avenue in Philadelphia, MS.

 

Newton County Museums

Boler Stage Coach Inn

[History of Boler's Inn]

Built ca 1856, Boler's Inn features antique furnishings and items related to the early history of the inn and area.  Visitors will learn about the Civil War history of the Inn.  Located at 205 East Jackson Road-Highway 492 in Union, MS.

 

Noxubee County Museums

Noxubee County Historical Society Museum on Facebook

The museum features exhibits related to the early history of Noxubee County and the Choctaw Indians.  Located at 411 S. Jefferson Street in Macon, MS..

 

Oktibbeha County Museums

Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum

The museum features a collection of musical instruments, recordings and sheet music.  Focus is on the history of American music during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Located at MSU in the Mitchell Memorial Library at 395 Hardy Road.

Cullis & Gladys Wade Clock Museum

The museum features an extensive collection of clocks dating as far back as the early 1700s.  Located in the lobby of the Mississippi State University Welcome Center at the Cullis Wade Depot.

Dunn-Seiler Geology Museum

The museum houses a large collection of minerals, rocks and fossils to help visitors understand the history of planet Earth.  Exhibits include a Triceratops skull cast.  Located at MSU at 112 Hilbun Hall, Mississippi State University, MS.

Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology

The collections features historical artifacts from excavations in the ancient Middle East, the Southeastern United States, Central and South America, Greece, Rome and eastern Europe.  Located in the Cobb Institute Museum of Archaeology at MSU.

Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum

The Heritage Museum was established in 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States.  Housed inside an 1874 Mobile & Ohio railroad depot, the museum provides historical artifacts related to the culture of Starkville and Oktibbeha County, Mississippi.  Located at 206 Fellowship Street in Starkville, MS.

 

Pearl River County Museums

Pearl River Community College Museum

The museum is focused on the history of the Pearl River Community College which was started in 1909.  The museum also features Native American artifacts.  Located at 101 Highway 11 in Poplarville, MS.

Pearl River County Historical Society on Facebook

The Pearl River County Historical Society is focused on the preservation, the recording of and dissemination of historical information about Hancock County, Mississippi.  Located in Picayune, MS.

 

Pike County Museums

Black History Gallery

The Gallery holds a collection of African-American pictures, books and other historical Items.  Located at 819 Wall Street in McComb, MS.

McComb City Railroad Depot Museum

Housed in the old railroad depot, the museum holds one of the best collections of railroad history in the South.  Visitors will explore historical artifacts related to the history of railroading in McComb along with a large collection of rolling stock outside.  Located at 108 N. Railroad Blvd. in McComb, MS.

 

Rankin County Museums

Rankin County Historical Museum

[Museum Photos]

Operated by the Rankin County Historical Society, the Rankin County Historical Museum is housed in what was originally the general store of John Cole Atkins.  It was later known as Value Post Office when Atkins became the first postmaster.  Atkins ran his store until the 1930s at which time the McRaes family took over.  It was donated to the Rankin County Historical Society and today holds a collection of historical items related to the history of the area.  The Neely-Wilson is also a part of the museum.  Located at 1415 Government Street in Brandon, MS.

 

Stone County Museums Old Firehouse Museum

The Old Firehouse Museum features historical artifacts, photographs and other items of historical significance which are related to Wiggins and Stone County, Mississippi. The museum is housed inside the historic Wiggins Firehouse located at 117 First Street North in Wiggins, MS.

 

Sunflower County Museums B. B. King Museum

The B. B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Museum provides displays and information about B. B. King and the cotton gin where he worked along with exhibits about other Blues musicians from the Mississippi Delta.

 

Tallahatchie County Museums Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center on Facebook

[Emmett Till Memory Project]

Focus is on the murder of Emmett Till and local African American history.  Located at 33 Thomas Street in Glendora, MS.

 

Tishomingo County Museums Old Tishomingo County Court House and Historical Museum on Facebook

The old Courthouse Museum offers a place to do genealogical research and a look into the history of Tishomingo County, Mississippi.  Housed in the old 1889 courthouse at 203 East Quitman Street in Luka, MS.

 

Tunica County Museums Gateway to the Blues Museum and Visitors Center

Housed inside the former 1895 Train Depot, the visitors center will provide travelers with information about visiting the Tunica County area of Mississippi and features a museum relating the story of how Blues music was born and the role of Tunica in that legacy.  Located on Highway 61 in Tunica, MS.

Tunica Museum

Devoted to the history of Tunica County.  Exhibits include prehistory of Native Americans, early exploration, settlement and 19th and 20th century history of Tunica, Mississippi.  Located off Hwy 61 on Museum Blvd in Tunica, MS.  The museum also operates the 1840 Tate Log House in downtown Tunica.

Tunica Riverpark Museum  

[Virtual Tour]

The museum is devoted to the history of the great Mississippi River.  Board a 19th century riverboat and enjoy a ride down the Mississippi River from the Riverpark landing which is found at the museum.  Located at One River Park Drive in Tunica, MS.

 

Union County Museums Union County Heritage Museum

The museum features artifacts and exhibits related to the early history of Union County, Mississippi.  Located at 114 Cleveland Street, New Albany, MS.

 

Warren County Museums Biedenham Coca Cola Museum

[Building History]

[History]

The museum is focused on the beginnings of Coca-Cola and the history of the Biedenham family.  Exhibits feature artifacts, information, photographs and items related to the history of the Biedenham family, the Biedenham Candy Company and the bottling of Coca-Cola which was done at the candy company.   Much of the space is dedicated to exhibits interpreting Biedenham's Coca-Cola heritage.  The museum is housed inside the historic Biedenham Candy Company building built in 1890 located at 1107 Washington Street in Vicksburg, MS.

The Jacqueline House Museum

[History]

The Jacqueline House is Vicksburg's African American Museum and provides a collection of over 20,000 items related to the African American history in Vicksburg and the Mississippi Delta.  Materials include photographs, manuscripts, books, music, posters, newspapers and other cultural artifacts.  Located at 1325 Main Street in Vicksburg, MS.

Lower Mississippi River Museum

[Photo Gallery]  [Exhibits]

The museum is devoted to the history of the mighty Mississippi River.  Exhibits inform visitors about the people who have lived and worked along the Mississippi River and the important role it plays in the lives of farmers and communities.  Explore the M/V Mississippi IV and see what life was like aboard a workboat on the Mississippi River.  Located at 910 Washington Street in Vicksburg, MS.

McRaven House

[History]  [Ghosts?]

Known as Mississippi's most haunted house, the house was started in 1797 as a 2 room structure.  The structure had additions in both 1836 and 1849.  John H. Bobb created the house as it appears today in 1849.  Today, the home is filled with antique furnishings from all three periods.  History tours are offered along with ghost tours as it is purported to be haunted.  Located at 1445 Harrison Street in Vicksburg, MS.

The USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum

[View the USS Cairo]

[View her artifacts]

[View the Crew List of the USS Cairo]

The USS Cairo is an ironclad gunboat built by the Union for the Civil War and commissioned in 1862.  Today, the gunboat has been restored and placed in Vicksburg National Military Park.  Inside, visitors will find many historical artifacts recovered from the Cairo which include weapons, munitions and personal sailor items.  Located inside Vicksburg National Military Park at 3201 Clay Street in Vicksburg, MS.

Vicksburg National Military Park

History, Culture and Memorials

Encompassing the entire site of the Siege of Vicksburg during the Civil War which lasted from March 29 through July 4th, 1863, the park is a memorial to all who suffered through the conflict of the Civil War.  The monuments are beautiful.  Vicksburg National Cemetery is located on the premises.  Location is 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS.

Vicksburg Old Court House Museum 

[History]  [Vicksburg Civil War Tour

[McCardle Research Library]

Built in 1858, the Old Court House stood watch throughout the Civil War and has hosted Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley.  Today the old courthouse holds historical artifacts and exhibits related to the Civil War, and the local history of Vicksburg.  Housed inside the court house is the McCardle Research Library which contains over 1400 volumes of local history and histories of Warren County families, and historical records.  Located at 1008 Cherry Street in Vicksburg, MS.

Yesterday's Children

An Antique Doll & Toy Museum

The museum features a large collection of toys and dolls from the 19th and 20th centuries.  Located at 1104 Washington Street in historic downtown Vicksburg, MS.

 

Washington County Museums The 1927 Flood Museum

Visitors will learn about the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River when the levee at Stops Landing broke.  Exhibits include flood artifacts and photographs depicting the impact of this devastating flood on the people in and around Greenville, Mississippi.  Housed inside the oldest structure in Downtown Greenville, the museum is located at 18 South Hinds in Greenville, MS.

Century of History Museum

[History of the Hebrew Union Congregation]

[Photos]

The museum features exhibits related to the early history of the Mississippi Delta Jews.  Housed inside the library of the 1906 Hebrew Union Temple located at 504 Main Street in Greenville, MS.

Greenville Air Force Base Museum

The museum is focused on the history of Greenville Air Force Base which opened in 1941.  The base featured the Greenille Army Flying School where thousands of U.S. airmen and omen were educated.  Housed inside the Mid-Delta Regional Airport in the Mezzanine Level located at 166 5th Street in Greenville, MS.

Greenville History Museum

The museum is focused on the history of Greenville and features exhibits of historic artifacts, memorabilia, photos and news clippings.  The museum is housed inside the historic Miller building located at 409 Washington Avenue in Greenville, MS.

Highway 61 Blues Museum

The museum is devoted to the Delta Blues artists from the area and the part they played in rock & roll music.  The museum features blues performers daily as well.  Housed inside the old Montgomery Hotel located at 307 N. Broad Street in Leland, MS.

Jim Henson Delta Boyhood Exhibit

The exhibit celebrates the spirit, the genius and legacy of Jim Henson, the creator of Kermit and the Muppets.  Located at 415 SE Deer Creek Drive in Leland, MS.

Old Firehouse Museum

The museum is housed inside the old 1923 cotton-factoring office which was converted to a firehouse in 1931.  Hands-on exhibits and old fire fighting equipment are among the exhibits.  Located at 230 Main Street in Greenville, MS.

The Winterville Mounds and Museum

The Winterville Mounds have been declared a National Historic Landmark.  The site consists of 23 Indian Mounds built by the Mound Builders between 1200 and 1250 A.D.  Archaeological finds include structural remains, burials, pottery and stone artifacts which are housed inside the Winterville Museum.  Located at 2415 State Hwy 1 N in Greenville, MS.

 

Wilkinson County Museums The African American Museum

Housed inside the 1819 Branch Banking House of the state of Mississippi, the museum focuses on the history of African Americans in Woodville, Mississippi.  Located on the Courthouse Square in Woodville, MS.

Camp Van Dorn WWII Museum  

[History]

Former site of a WWII Army Training Camp, the museum offers a look into the history of this short lived military camp.  Located at 138 Main in Centreville, MS.

Rosemont Plantation 

]Rosemont History]

[Jefferson Davis]

[Davis Family Genealogy]

Rosemont Plantation was the boyhood home to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America 1861-1865.  Built by Samuel and Jane Cook Davis, the plantation home was built in 1810.  The Davis family lived in the home until 1895.  Today, the house features original furnishings and memorabilia which have remained in the house since the Davis family lived there.  The land surrounding the plantation home is virtually the same acreage owned by Samuel Davis when the plantation was established.  Davis family members are buried in the family cemetery on the property.  Located on Highway 24 East just one mile east of Woodville, MS.

Wilkinson County Museum

[Historic Woodville]

[Woodville Historic District]

Housed in the 1838 West Feliciana Railroad Company office, the museum is devoted to the preservation of Wilkinson County and Woodville history.  Located on the Courthouse Square at the corner of Bank Street and Boston Row in Woodville, Mississippi.

 

Yazoo County Museums Oakes African-American Cultural Center

Housed inside the historic home of previous businessman and educator A. J. Oakes, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Today visitors will get a glimpse into the lives and heritage of the Oakes family and learn about the artists, craftsmen, musicians, educators and statesman who called Yazoo home.  Located at 332 North Main Street in Yazoo City, MS.

Sam Olden Historical Museum

Focus is on the history of Yazoo's early citizens and events affecting them.  From the Civil War to the great Yazoo City fire of 1904, visitors will learn about the history of Yazoo.  Located in the Triangle Cultural Center at 322 North Main Street in Yazoo, MS.

 

 

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