Museum of Mississippi History & Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Mississippi's Historical Attractions Top 10

Mississippi's history is rich and colourful, with so many attractions for visitors. Here's our history and heritage Top 10 for the state, though it could easily have been a Top 30!

  • The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson charts the key events of the civil rights movement in the state. Comprised of 8 interactive galleries, it shows how the black population was oppressed and their fight for equality.
  • Appearing on a few of our recommendation lists for Mississippi is the Mississippi Blues Trail, and here it is again! A diverse and captivating Mississippi Delta Blues journey, it takes in key birthplaces, gravesites, places where the infamous Blues artists played, as well as museums and live music venues where you can hear the music first-hand.
  • The Natchez Trace Parkway route is long, so you may well need to just travel a section of it, but it is well worth visiting whether you tour the whole trail or just in part. Highlights include Natchez itself and the French Camp.
  • In Jackson, the Smith Robertson Museum is a celebration of African-American history and culture within the Deep South.
  • Tupelo is the birthplace of music legend Elvis Presley. Here you can see the very modest home in which he was born, and view various artefacts from his earlier years. Guided tours are available.
  • Lovers of political history and/or architecture will be fans of the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson. Formerly, simply Old Capitol, it was where some of the state's key legislature was actioned. Now, this glorious Greek Revival building is a museum focussing on the building's history.
  • The Tupelo Automobile Museum is a popular attraction with car fanatics. 120,000 square feet, with exhibits valued at over $6million, this is every petrol-head's dream! Highlights include a Lincoln previously owned by Elvis Presley, and an 1886 Benz.
  • Civil War enthusiasts absolutely have to visit Vicksburg National Military Park; Vicksburg was key to the outcome of the war.
  • Beauvoir, in Biloxi, is the former home of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis. A National Historic Landmark, today it is run as a museum and is well worth visiting.

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