The 10 Best Museums in Mississippi!

Mississippi is a state with a rich and varied culture, and there are a number of museums celebrating our artistic, historical, and scientific achievements. Whether your interest is modern art or Civil War preservation, there is a museum for you. Here are our 10 favorites. 

1. Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS

Whimsical architecture captures the imagination before you ever step inside of this museum celebrating the “Mad Potter of Biloxi” George Ohr. Ohr is known for his abstract pottery, far ahead of its time in the early 1900s. The museum also pays tribute to Pleasant Reed, an African-American man born into slavery who was later emancipated. He built his own home, which stood until Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was recreated for the museum. 

2. Museum of Natural Science, Jackson, MS

The Museum of Natural Science in Jackson is run by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). According to the museum’s website, it features six nature trails, and permanent exhibits featuring fossils, aquariums, and a greenhouse which houses a swamp. In addition, the museum has a 2,500 square-foot space for temporary exhibits. 

3. Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, MS

The Mississippi Delta is known as the home of the blues. The Delta Blues Museum is located in Clarksdale, near the Crossroads—the historical spot where, according to legend, Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his otherworldly musical talent. This museum celebrates and preserves the rich musical heritage of the Delta Blues. 

4. USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum, Vicksburg, MS

Of all of the Civil War museums in Mississippi, the USS Cairo is perhaps the most interactive. According to the National Park Service website, this massive gunboat was one of seven that the Union used in its quest to defeat the Confederacy. The Cairo was sunk by torpedo near Vicksburg, luckily without any casualties. She was raised by sections in 1964 and was reassembled and restored, and she returned to Vicksburg in 1977.

5. INFINITY Science Center, Pearlington, MS

INFINITY Science Center is a welcome center for NASA’s Stennis Space Center, as well as a museum that seeks to show both children and adults that science can be fun. Enjoy exhibits such as the Carnivorous Plants showcase, a massive F-1 rocket engine, and of course a space gallery, where you'll learn about space suits, missions to Mars, and the history of NASA programs. 

6. Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, MS

If you're a fan of art, can't miss the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) in Ocean Springs. Walter Anderson is a beloved Mississippi artist who lived from 1903-1903-1965. He is known for his paintings and block prints of the plants and animals found on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The museum features a large selection of his work as well as the art of his two brothers. 

7. Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

The Mississippi Museum of Art is the largest museum in the state. Visitors can enjoy temporary exhibits, classes, and dining in addition to the permanent collection. According to the website, this collection is comprised of over 5,500 pieces from both national and local artists. While you're there, be sure to visit the Art Garden, a peaceful public space full of fountains, foliage, and permanent art exhibits.

8. Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, Biloxi, MS

Long before it was a tourist destination, the Mississippi Gulf Coast ran primarily on its maritime and seafood industries. This museum celebrates that heritage with an impressive array of exhibits that explore the history of fishing, shrimping, the boat building industry, and net making. Explore the art gallery, then take a trip on one of the life sized schooners. 

9. Eudora Welty House, Jackson, MS

Lovers of literature will be sure to appreciate the Eudora Welty House in Jackson, which celebrates the beloved Mississippi-Mississippi-born writer best known for her wry wit. According to the museum’s website, Welty lived in the home built by her parents for 76 years. The house and garden were restored after Welty's death in 2001.

10. Elvis Presley Birthplace, Tupelo, MS

If you love The King, you've got to visit his birthplace in Tupelo. Now dedicated to all things Elvis, the museum consists of the two-two-bedroom home where he was born, a chapel, and exhibits chronicling his history and his incredible rise to stardom. In addition, the gift shop sells unique Elvis memorabilia that can't be found anywhere else. 

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