With the west side of the city nestled along the Mississippi River, Vicksburg’s identity has become entwined with this powerful body of water. Vicksburg’s river culture celebrates the role that the waterway has played in the city’s development in several different ways. Through art, history and entertainment, the spirit of the river and the boats that travel it is never forgotten among its citizens. If you are visiting the city and want to soak up some of this culture, Visit Vicksburg suggests a few essential attractions related to the river and boating.
Vicksburg Riverfront Murals
Given the risk of flooding during heavy rains, a floodwall runs along the bank of the Mississippi River to protect Vicksburg from overflows. In 2001, the city decided to take advantage of this large canvas and commissioned an artist to paint murals on the wall. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals originated with an abstract work by artist Martha Ferris. In the following years, Robert Dafford contributed 32 additional panels of lifelike scenes that tell the story of Vicksburg. Several paintings depict the river’s history, including the Steamer Strague, the world’s largest steamboat, and the explosion of the Sultana. Altogether, nearly three dozen murals provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing stroll along the river.
Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum
This interactive museum features several exhibits on a broad range of topics related to the Mississippi River. Begin your tour with a movie in the Orientation Theater that reveals what life was like for residents in years past. To introduce the ecosystem of the river, a 1,515-gallon aquarium is home to several native fish species, including the catfish, while an interactive flood model explores the factors that affect the river’s flow. Guests can also explore the 1927 Flood Wall and Tent display, which offers a realistic re-creation of the worst flood in U.S. history and the conditions families coped with after the loss of their homes. Great for all ages, the Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum is open daily and offers free admission.
Catfish Row Children’s Art Park
The Catfish Row Art Park makes it easy to introduce kids to Vicksburg’s river culture. Stop by the park after viewing the Riverfront Murals to explore children’s art and exhibits that showcase the history of life on the Mississippi. Large garden areas provide the ideal spot for a picnic with the little ones, while the splash fountain allows kids to cool down after a day in the sunshine.
Life on the Water
From trade to important moments in history, the Mississippi River has played a defining role in the city of Vicksburg. To learn more about boating and river culture in Vicksburg, download our visitors guide and contact Visit Vicksburg today. We’ll help you find the best attractions to explore during your visit, plus offer insights on lodging, dining and more things to do during your stay. To speak with a friendly representative, call 800-221-3536 now.