As the longest river in the United States, it goes without saying that the Mississippi River played an integral role in shaping not only the many cities along its shores, but the nation itself. And since Vicksburg is perched directly on the east bank of the river, the Mississippi’s influence is woven deep in the city’s history. The Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum boasts a wide variety of exhibits detailing how society – including Vicksburg residents – has used the river over the past several centuries.
WHAT'S INSIDE THE JESSE BRENT LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM
Jam-packed with uniquely informative displays, the Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum covers topics spanning from the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 to the fish found within the river. Exhibits include:
• ORIENTATION THEATER: This spacious theater offers visitors an in-depth glimpse into how life on the Mississippi has changed over the years.
• 1927 FLOOD WALL AND TENT: These displays examine the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 – the most destructive flood in the history of the United States. The tent replicates those that housed families displaced by the flood.
• AQUARIUM: This 1,515-gallon, multi-side aquarium is home to a number of fish native to the Mississippi River, including catfish and more.
• MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOOD MODEL: Learn how certain factors affect the flow of a river with this interactive, outdoor, scaled model of the Mississippi River.
These exhibits are just a taste of all that the Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum has to offer. Drop by the museum during your next trip to Vicksburg to see what it’s all about – admission is free.
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JESSE BRENT LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM DETAILS:
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Open all year except Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Address: 910 Washington Street, Vicksburg MS 39183
This spacious Victorian mansion, built in 1870, features seven guest rooms decorated with period antiques and roomy beds – most rooms even include a private bathroom. This Inn is centrally located in historic Vicksburg, just a short walk from museums, restaurants and landmarks.