Earning a glowing review from the Wall Street Journal, B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center depicts the 60-year-plus career of the musician’s life in the larger context of a changing world. Individual exhibits move chronologically from the musician’s ‘30s delta beginnings milking six-string baby bottles, through the civil-rights movement, and onward through his rise to international success. To complement the exhibits, multimedia and film excerpts share rarely heard live tracks and television performances. Patrons are welcome to bring an identical twin to research tandem guitar picking while perusing the extensive archive of personal papers, photos, and instruments from B. B. King’s life and work. Fingers of all lengths are also free to traverse the fretboard in the museum’s guitar studio, where instruments can be found grazing placidly on ample grassroots.
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.