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More than 200 species swim through the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and that's just the facility's aquatic residents. Beyond the aquarium network sprawls an abundance of plant and animal life both indoors and out. A trip through the museum campus reveals Mississippi's diverse ecosystems, as well as their relationship to humans.

  • Size: the 73,000-square-foot complex overlooks 300 acres, including an open-air amphitheater and 2.5 miles of nature trails
  • Eye Catcher: The Swamp, a 1,700-square-foot greenhouse with a 20,000-gallon aquarium for alligators, turtles, and other animals
  • Permanent Mainstay: Stories in Stone, a display showcasing meat-eating dinosaurs, trilobites, and other fossils from Mississippi's distant past
  • Don't Miss: the outdoor Overlook, where visitors can observe every layer of the forest, including the one filled with caramel
  • Special Programs: fish-feeding demonstrations, monthly naturalist lectures, and story time for kids ages 3–5
  • Hands-On Experiments: a Kids Corner and Discovery Room with kid-friendly interactive activities
  • From the Press: Mississippi Magazine calls this the best museum in the state
2148 Riverside Dr.
Jackson,
MS
US

Winner of the 2010 Medal for Museum and Library Service, the beautiful, newly-renovated Mississippi Museum of Art is home to a diverse and rapidly-expanding permanent collection, including American art, British 19th century portraits, Pre-Columbian ceramics, and more. Feast your eyes upon the museum's current exhibitions, including River and Reverie: Paintings of the Mississippi by Rolland Golden, the Mississippi Watercolor Society's Grand National Watercolor Exhibition, and Oraien Catledge: Photographs of Cabbagetown. Refuel your art-engines mid-visit with a hot lunch at The Palette Café by Viking. Using fresh, local ingredients, executive chef Emily Hine Burgess dishes out Southern-style meals influenced by the tastes and patterns of the museum's Mississippi home.

201 E Pascagoula St
Jackson,
MS
US

The leading receiver in NFL history, the leading passer in NFL history, and the patriarch of football's first family all have something in common—a few things, actually. Not only do Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, and Archie Manning all hail from the Magnolia State, but all three are also inductees in its Sports Hall of Fame. They share the honor with nearly 300 other legends, including winners of Olympic gold medals and World Series games. Visitors can learn about these athletes through exhibits and touchscreen kiosks, or they can head to play areas to have a chance to complete a game winning pass, strike out a batter with the game on the line, make a game winning shot, or kick a game winning goal.

1152 Lakeland Dr
Jackson,
MS
US

Blues is one of the few music genres considered to be wholly American, and its roots are firmly planted in the rich soil of the Mississippi Delta. Here, too, is where legendary musician B.B. King came of age. Indianola's B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center celebrates not only King's prolific career, but also the significance of the Mississippi Delta to music then and now. Interactive exhibits take visitors through the guitarist's life in chronological order, starting with his boyhood in the Delta and culminating with the highlights of his decades-long career.

  • The Building: The 20,000-square-foot museum was built on the site of an old cotton gin where B.B. King once worked.

  • Valuable Relic: Tucked in the section about B.B.'s pre-celebrity life is the Panoram, an early video jukebox on which he first saw the big bands he became so enamored with.

  • From His Early Career: In the exhibit on what was known as the Chitlin Circuit, you'll find the leather-bound notebook in which King stashed his song charts, meticulously cross-referenced by songwriter.

  • Other Mementos: Memorabilia from King's life spans the decades, including a quilt from his boyhood home, his draft card, and various iterations of his guitar, Lucille.

  • Hidden Gem: The museum also includes items from other artists of his era, such as Janis Joplin's handwritten lyrics.

  • Hands-On Exhibit: Under video instruction from B.B. King himself, visitors strum tunes on guitars.

  • From the Press: "The ... facility is likely the most elaborate museum in the U.S. about a single living musician, but Mr. King's stature justifies the investment." ? Wall Street Journal

400 Second Street
Indianola,
MS
US

Dedicated to preserving Mississippi’s heritage, Cottonlandia Museum educates visitors with an array of interdisciplinary displays and collections. Cottonlandia’s permanent exhibits and rooms include the Mississippi Art Collection, an anthology of Mississippi-made art, most of it purchased from the winners of the biannual Cottonlandia Fine Arts Competition, and the Archaeology Room, home to a large assortment of Native American beads and a 12,000 year-old mastodon skeleton that they used to hang sabertooth fur coats. Meanwhile, the Malmaison Room presents photographs and furniture salvaged from the home of county namesake Greenwood Leflore, the last chief of the Choctaw tribe before their removal to Oklahoma, and the Swamp Room lets guests absorb the sights and sounds of the wetlands without brewing their own bog water out of bullfrog tears.

1608 Highway 82 W
Greenwood,
MS
US

Mimi's Family & Friends compiles a crowd-pleasing menu of simple breakfast plates and time-tested deli items to fuel local diners during morning and midday pit stops. For early appetites that rise alongside Apollo's flaming chariot, the quiche of the day ($7.50) sates baked egg cravings, and cups of cheese grits ($2.50) provide a hearty compliment to stout sips of french-press coffee ($2 for a small). During workday halftimes, lunch selections inspire energy-filled afternoons with leafy forkfuls of the club salad ($7.25), buttery bites of a ham or turkey and swiss croissant ($6.75), or creole-spiced spoonfuls of red beans and rice ($7.34). Bread pudding with brandy sauce ($2.50) or the cobbler of the day ($2.50) both excel as sugary desserts, and cobblers of the night patrol the back alleys enacting vigilante justice on common criminals.

3139 N State St
Jackson,
MS
US