DeSoto County Museum

DeSoto County Museum

Located in Hernando, the Museum showcases artifacts and exhibits featuring the history of DeSoto County, Mississippi. The DeSoto County Museum features the history and development of the county from 1541 to the present. Artifacts and displays begin with the arrival of Hernando DeSoto and his contact with the native inhabitants of Mississippi. Displays continue through the riverboat days with a working model of a paddlewheel boat. Other exhibits feature the parlor of an antebellum mansion and artifacts from the Civil War. Key events in the agricultural, recreational, and social development of DeSoto County are also on display. Events in the African-American community are also featured in the museum.

The museum also features the story of DeSoto County today. Exhibits include the River Kings, the DeSoto Civic Center, the Economic Council, local artwork and entertainment, and stories of the growing communities of Horn Lake, Olive Branch, Southaven and Hernando.

Address: 111 E Commerce St, Hernando, MS 38632
Phone: (662) 429-8852
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Hours:
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Director: Brian Hicks, info@desotomuseum.org

Marion Co. Museum & Archives

Marion Co. Museum & Archives

The Marion County Historical Museum and Archives contains many historical relics, information about the settlement, development and background of Columbia and Marion County and a wealth of family genealogical information from Columbia and the surrounding communities in Marion County.

Address: 200 Second Street, Columbia, MS
Phone: (601) 731-3999
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Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m

Contact: Chris Watts, marioncountyhist@bellsouth.net

Historic Jefferson College

Historic Jefferson College

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Jefferson College was restored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in phases completed in 1977 and 1984. The restoration was funded in part by the Friends of Jefferson College, a non-profit corporation. Popular annual events include the Copper Magnolia Festival each fall, Civil War re-enactments, vintage baseball games, and the Children’s Victorian Christmas.

The T.J. Foster Memorial Nature Trail is named after the first director of the site. The trail features a longer loop about one mile in length through fairly rigorous terrain, and a shorter, less taxing quarter-mile loop. More than 65 species of native and non-native vegetation are identified on the trails by small metal placards. The 20 large, new signs will highlight the animals, insects, plants, and other features found along the nature trail.

Portrayed as West Point Academy in the North and the South television series, Historic Jefferson College has been a popular film location – for Horse Soldiers, Mistress of Paradise, and two versions of Huckleberry Finn.

Address: 16 Old N St, Washington, MS 39190
Phone: (601) 442-2901
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Hours:
Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Director: Robin Seage Person, hjc@mdah.state.ms.us

Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum

Railroad Heritage Museum

The Mississippi Delta was covered with forests and heavy cane and most of the region lay undeveloped. “as if the foot of man had never trod.” It was the building of feeder rail lines into the rich and potentially productive cotton region that brought vitality and color to the life of the Delta -Green Diamond, IC Historical Society, December 2004.

The goal of the Railroad Heritage Museum is to preserve and promote the history and the culture of the railroad and its impact of the establishment, growth, and development of Cleveland, Bolivar County, and the Delta Region. The museum houses and displays many railroad artifacts that capture the history of railroading – from tools used by crews known as “Gandy Dancers” to the timetables and schedules used in the depots and railroad offices.

Address: 115 S Bayou Ave, Cleveland, MS 38732
Phone: (662) 843-3377
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Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Train Schedule: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Director: Lisa Miller, trainmuseum@cableone.net

B.B King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center

B.B King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center

The B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta on US Highway 82 between Greenwood and Greenville, not far from the famous Crossroads at Clarksdale. Opened in mid-September 2008 and built to honor the life and music of one of the most accomplished musicians of our time, the museum serves as a vital resource to the State of Mississippi and the City of Indianola. The museum’s exhibits and educational programs serve to build bridges between the community and the world while preserving the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Mississippi Delta.

The life of B.B. King provides the backdrop for the Museum to share the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta. Through an authentic presentation of music, art, artifacts and video, along with our educational programming, the Museum honors its namesake as an internationally renowned and influential musician, celebrates Delta blues music heritage and the local culture, encourages and inspires young artists and musicians, and enriches the lives of Delta youth and all who visit the museum campus.

Address: 400 2nd St, Indianola, MS 38751
Phone: (662) 887-9539
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Hours:
April 1-October 31: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday-Monday: 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Closed Monday, November-March
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Director: Malika Polk-Lee, mpolk_lee@bbkingmuseum.org

Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum has a mission to create an environment that communicates the value of past and present Mississippi agricultural lifestyles, relationships and practices and their relevance to the future of all people. The museum’s vision is to cultivate an appreciation for Mississippi agriculture and create a memorable experience that inspires the community as a whole. The non-profit agriculture and forestry museum features unique permanent exhibits, a living history farm, a crossroads town, a heritage center, a train exhibit, a nature trail and a forest study area.

Address: 1150 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS  39216
Phone: (601) 432-4500
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Hours:
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Director – Aaron Rodgers, aaron@mdac.ms.gov

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Civil Rights Museum

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a Mississippi movement that changed the world. Opening on December 9, 2017, the museum promotes a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact by highlighting the strength and sacrifices of its people.

In December 2017, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened in celebration of the state’s bicentennial.

The Two Mississippi Museums is a place where Mississippians tell their own stories of the state’s rich and complex history. These stories are told through the many resources from the collection of the Department of Archives and History. We present the history of our state as never before with eye-popping artifacts, photographs, videos, and interactive exhibits.

The state has committed over $90 million for this state-of-the art 200,000 square-foot center. It serves as a portal to other cultural attractions across the state, preserves and stores over 22,000 artifacts, and benefits hundreds of thousands of people a year through museum visits, public programs, and educational outreach.

Address: 222 North St Suite 2205, Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-576-6800
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Hours:
Tuesday–Saturday 9AM–5PM
Sunday 1–5PM
Closed Mondays

Contact: Candace Thomas, cthomas@mdah.ms.gov

The Oaks House Museum

The Oaks House Museum

Welcome to the Boyd House, “The Oaks,” one of Jackson’s oldest dwellings. This Greek Revival-style cottage was built about 1853 on four acres of land located near the center of Mississippi’s capital city. The house is one of few extant structures that survived the burning of Jackson in the Civil War. The Oaks is a Mississippi Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Address: 823 North Jefferson Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39296
Phone: (601) 353-9339
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Hours:
By appointment.

Executive Director: Beth Batton, oakshousemuseum@comcast.net