Museums in Mississippi
Mississippi Blues Trail
The Mississippi Blues Trail is a statewide outdoor museum that rambles through cities and small towns and along rural roads, it includes cafes and juke joints, birth sites and gravesites, depots and plantation farms. Blues markers explain each location's role in blues history. Along the trail you'll find BB King's birthplace in Berclair, the Riverside Hotel; a hospital-turned-hotel in Clarksdale where Bessie Smith died after a car accident.
Museums in Clarksdale, Mississippi
Visit Clarksdale and tour the Delta Blues Museum, where you can hear music, watch videos and see unique artwork that is a tribute to the famous Mississippi Delta blues musicians, including King of the Delta Blues Robert Johnson. Established in 1979 and reogranised as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is the oldest music museum in Mississippi. Since 1999 the museum has been housed in the historic Clarksdale freight depot, which was a designated Mississippi Landmark in 1996. The museum is home to travelling and permanent exhibits, please visit www.deltabluesmuseum.org for a calendar of events. The Delta Blues Museum also has their own stage which serves local festivals such as the Sunflower River and Blues festival in August and the Juke Joint Festival in April.
Museums in Indianola, Mississippi
In Indianola, visit the BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre. Its state-of-the-art films, interactive exhibits, artefacts and activities tell of the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta and the life of bluesman BB King. Just a few miles from Indianola is Leland, the boyhood home of Jim Henson, creator of Kermit the Frog and the Muppets. Check out the exhibit there and don’t miss the Highway 61 Blues Museum for even more Delta blues.
Museums in Jackson, Mississippi
Explore Jackson, and visit the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Centre, an African-American history museum which celebrates African-American heritage and arts.
The Mississippi Museum of Art, also in downtown Jackson, features art that tells the story of Mississippi along with fascinating exhibits from all over the world.
Visitors to the Old Capitol Museum are welcomed with a video introducing them to the museum adn the exhibits that explore what it was like before 1839; prior to the construction of the building and it's history over the last 170 years, showcasing the importance of historic preservation. Open 9-5 Tuesday to Saturday & 1-5 on Sunday free of charge.
Jimmie Rodgers Museum in Meridian, Mississippi
Jimmie Rodgers, also known as the father of country music and famous for songs such as "Mississippi Delta Blues", was bought up in Meridian, Mississippi and is now honoured at the Jimmie Rodgers Museum which is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm.