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Take a Step Back in Time at Mississippi Museums

Mississippi runs deep with history, heritage, and tradition. While visiting the Magnolia State, you will find a variety of museums that tell the story of the state, from Desoto County Museum shining light on the discovery of the Mississippi River, to the most recent jaw-dropping Civil Rights Museum. You will also find the Mississippi is home to several modern culture museums and exhibits, as well, including the Birthplace of Kermit the Frog and Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk-Art shows.

As you travel through Jackson, carve out about three hours to tour the two building of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Prepared to be emotionally guided through the stories of the movement that changed the nation. The Museum highlights the strength and sacrifices of its people and shows the systematic oppression of black Mississippians and their fight for equality.

Canton Multicultural Center & Museum

Open Monday through Saturday, the Canton Multicultural Center & Museum is located in central Mississippi in the city of Canton. Representing the cultural heritage of Canton and Madison counties, the museum is operated by the Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Black Heritage Committee.

The Canton Multicultural Center & Museum covers topics of African American civil rights, family, agriculture, and history. A major museum attraction is the onsite Sister Thea Bowman exhibit.

Canton Train Museum

Open Monday through Saturday, the Historic Train Depot & Museum exhibits central Mississippi’s railroad heritage. Located in Canton, the center includes the Canton Train Museum and the Historic Canton Depot. Built in 1890, the depot was served by the Illinois Central Railroad Company – later becoming a museum 1999.

The Canton Train Museum and Historic Canton Depot represent the railway history of both Madison and Canton counties – where visitors may explore replicas, model trains, and memorabilia.

Maritime Seafood Industry Museum

Opened in 1986, the Maritime Seafood Industry Museum is a maritime museum located in the Mississippi Gulf Coast city of Biloxi. The museum commemorates Biloxi’s seafood and fishing industry through a variety of interpretive exhibits.

Although the museum was greatly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, it was rebuilt in 2014 and has been in full operation since. Check out the museum’s Glenn L. Swetman and Mike Sekul schooners at the Schooner Pier Complex.

Mississippi Children's Museum

Spanning 40,000 square feet, the Mississippi Children's Museum is located in central Mississippi in the capital city of Jackson. Originally established in 2004 and open in 2011, the MCM draws more than 200,000 annual visitors, and collaborates with over 35 Mississippi organizations.

Mississippi Children's Museum visitors may explore five galleries: Exploring Mississippi, Wild About Reading, Healthy Fun, Express Yourself, and World At Work Gallery. Closed Mondays, the MCM also hosts holiday events, visiting artists, live music, and the Storytelling Festival.

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

Open Monday through Saturday, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in Jackson, showcases exciting interactive exhibits and displays of sports memorabilia from famous Mississippi athletes.

Since 1996, visitors have learned about some of the "greats" in Mississippi sports history, while strolling the museum in the Jackson area. Memorabilia from the former Dizzy Dean Museum is also on display on the second floor of the museum.

Old Mississippi State Capitol

Also known as the Old Capitol Museum, the Old Mississippi State Capitol in downtown Jackson is the most historic building in the Magnolia State.

This National Historic Landmark in central Mississippi is the site of the 1839 Married Women's Property Act – plus other significant actions.

Visit the museum for a free tour to view the multimedia exhibits of the historical events. 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.

Tupelo Automobile Museum

Established in 2002, the Tupelo Automobile Museum is set in northern Mississippi in downtown Tupelo. Open daily, the museum features 120,000 square feet of antique, rare, and even celebrity vehicles dating back to 1886 – totaling over 100 cars.

Founded by Frank Spain, the Tupelo Automobile Museum features rare vehicles like a 1916 Owen Magnetic, a 1920 Cord L-29, and a 1929 Duesenberg Model J. The museum also features a Kid’s Garage, private group tours, and museum events.

University of Mississippi Museum

Originally opened in 1939, the University of Mississippi Museum is a regional history museum located on the University of Mississippi’s main campus in Oxford. The museum is open to the public year-round, showcasing a variety of southern MS historical pieces.

Apart from its regional focus, the museum also houses Green and Roman antiquities, an American fine art collection, and plenty more. Be sure to visit the nearby Rowan Oak historic house, once owned by William Faulkner, and the Walton-Young House – both are extensions of the UM Museum.

Oakes African American Cultural Center

Get ready for a southern adventure – central Mississippi is on the horizon. Make your way to Yazoo City, where you'll find a world of culture and history. Visit the Oakes African American Cultural Center where, throughout the week and by appointment on weekends, you and the family can enjoy a pleasant tour.

Chronicling the 136-year history of the Oakes family in Yazoo City, the Oakes African American Cultural Center was renovated in 1990 as a means of educating locals and visitors about regional and local black history. Stay locally in Yazoo City, or visit from nearby Canton, just a 40 minute drive.