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Mississippi has the most Grammy-nominate artists than any other state in the country, and as you are traveling through and spend some time getting to know some of the great musicians that are from this area, you will understand why.
The Mississippi blues is a sound that is more than just about the catchy rhymes and rhythm. It’s a completely different language that is all its own. A heart break, a confession, an outcry, a plea, a raw style of conversation born from poverty and despair, while knee deep in the cotton fields and dreaming of a better life.
When you visit the Delta, you will discover the impressive roster of famous blues musicians that call Mississippi home and the amount of blues culture that a part of the everyday lives of the people in the area, like the artwork, businesses, events, and food. You can explore the origins of the music at museums like the Grammy Museum in Cleveland or the BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola. But if you really want to experience the music like a local, stop in to one of the juke joints listen to the guitar moan and the voices wail.
In the central area of the state, near Lefleur’s Bluff State Park, the Mississippi Children's Museum is one of the most visited facilities in the state. Spanning over 40,000 square feet, the MCM collaborates with over 35 Mississippi organizations to display interactive exhibits for kids that highlight the Magnolia State, including Exploring Mississippi, Wild About Reading, Healthy Fun, Express Yourself, and World at Work Gallery. The MCM also hosts year-round holiday events, visiting artists, live music, and the Storytelling Festival.
Less than one mile from the MCM is the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. This museum showcases exciting interactive exhibits and displays of sports memorabilia from famous Mississippi athletes. Take a tour to learn about some of the "greats" in Mississippi sports history, while strolling the museum and seeing memorabilia from the former Dizzy Dean Museum that now beautifully preserved and displayed on the second floor.
Also known as the Old Capitol Museum, the Old Mississippi State Capitol is in downtown Jackson and is the most historic building in the Magnolia State. This National Historic Landmark is the site of the 1839 Married Women's Property Act and the seat of Mississippi government from 1839 to 1903. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, this Greek Revival building has been fully restored to its original 1839 design and remains a focal point of downtown Jackson.
On the grounds of the Old Capitol, you will find the first state-sponsored civil rights museum in the country, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. This museum is made up to two buildings that take you on an intense journey of storytelling that shines a light on the struggle for freedom and show the systematic oppression of black Mississippians and their fight for equality that transformed the state and nation. If you are short on time while visiting the Magnolia State, make this a “must see” on your things to do list.
Travel to the Gulf Coast and check out the Maritime Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi. This museum commemorates Biloxi’s seafood and fishing industry through a variety of interpretive exhibits. While the Maritime Museum was greatly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, it was rebuilt in 2014 and has been fully restored with interesting exhibits like the Glenn L. Swetman and Mike Sekul schooners.