A Visit Filled with History

The museums of Mississippi showcase the states' unique history.

Photo of guitars and other displays at the Grammy Museum in Mississippi Photo courtesy of Visit Mississippi

Showcasing Mississippi’s rich history and culture, the state’s museums are filled to their brims with exciting exhibits. From art to history, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

For the young and curious minds, the Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson is home to hands-on activities and exhibits designed to educate and entertain. The Mississippi Children’s Museum – Meridian also features an array of indoor exhibits, as well as an additional outdoor exhibit that spans 25,000-square-feet. 

Looking to embrace the state’s rich history? The Mississippi Civil Rights MuseumMuseum of Mississippi HistoryOld Capitol Museum, and the Old Courthouse Museum are perfect for history buffs. Learn more about the state’s government, historical impact, involvement in historical events, and more!

Music-lovers can find inspiration in one of the several melodic museums in the area. For installments centered around the blues and its cultural impact on the state, look no further than the Mississippi Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale and the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola. The GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi in Cleveland is one of the most technologically advanced music-themed museums in the South, with an emphasis on the history of recorded music through artifacts.

Located in Jackson, the Mississippi Museum of Art is the state’s largest art museum. It is home to a diverse collection of artworks ranging from ancient to contemporary, including several works from Mississippi-born artists. 

In a state that produces dozens of world-class athletes and teams, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame is a must-see for sports fans. Athletes like Brett Favre, Terrence Metcalf, Clarence Weatherspoon, and Janet Smith are among over 300 honorees featured in the museum.

At the intersection of natural sciences and history lies the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum (MSAG), the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The latter centers around the state’s diverse plant and animal life with a collection of over 200 living species over a 300-acre natural landscape. The MSAG Museum showcases the state’s agricultural and forestry history with a working farm and forestry center. With a deep culture of shrimping, oystering, and recreational fishing, Coastal Mississippi is closely tied to maritime commerce. Learn more about the business and its heritage at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum. 

In a state as historically rich as Mississippi, there is no greater pastime than a visit to one of these museums. Embrace the culture of the Magnolia State!

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