Arts & Culture in Mississippi

The Magnolia State has played an integral part in shaping the cultural history of America. Whether you’re interested in the artists that have thrived as a result of such a rich culture or the development and preservation of Mississippi’s historical attractions, there’s an endless amount of things to do and places to see.

The Mississippi Museum of Art was founded in Jackson and it’s dedicated to preserving and displaying artists with its expansive collection of over 4,000 works since it first opened in 1978. There are also areas throughout the Magnolia State that focus on the performing arts and specific aspects of the fine arts. With art galleries dedicated to specific artists, you can experience their mastery in more intimate settings. Some of these galleries and attractions also are located along the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Writers Trail.

For more information about Mississippi’s best arts and culture spots, request a tour guide, use our trip planner, check out some of the places to stop, or contact us today to start planning your trip.

F. Jones Corner

F. Jones Corner

Jackson, MS

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Intimate, no-frills cocktail joint featuring late-night performances by regional blues musicians. […]

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Cat Head Delta Blues Folk Art has been in operation in Clarksdale since 2002. Cat Head is also the base of operations for various blues festival, film, book and touring projects. […]

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The Hancock Performing Arts Center provides meaningful opportunities in drama, music, dance, writing, and film. This state-of-the art center encourages exploration in a wide variety of educational, entertainment, and cultural programs that enhances the artistic community of the Gulf Coast. […]

Neshoba County Historical Museum
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Opened in 1992, this museum explores local history in the 19th-century George Pegram Woodward home. […]

Thalia Mara Hall

Thalia Mara Hall

Jackson, MS

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Thalia Mara Hall is the Municipal Auditorium of the City of Jackson. The 2,040 seat theater is located in the downtown arts and cultural district of Jackson. The theater was built in 1968 and hosts a variety of performances including […]

This Blues Marker honors Hernando musicians Gus Cannon, Jim Jackson and Robert Wilkins who helped establish the mid south area as a major blues center in the 1920’s. Gus Cannon was born in nearby Red Banks in 1883 or 1884 […]

Eudora Welty
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Welty, born in 1909, was a writer of international acclaim. Her home is a National Historic Landmark and one of the most intact literaryhomes in the country. The garden is beautifully reconstructed to the1925-1945 period. House tours are guided only; […]

Rowan Oak

Rowan Oak

Oxford, MS

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Rowan Oak, also known as William Faulkner House, is William Faulkner’s former home in Oxford, Mississippi. It is a primitive Greek Revival house built in the 1840s by Robert Sheegog. Faulkner purchased the house when it was in disrepair in […]

Dockery Farms Plantation

Dockery Farms

Cleveland, MS

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Dockery Plantation was a 25,600-acre cotton plantation and sawmill in Dockery, Mississippi, on the Sunflower River between Ruleville and Cleveland, Mississippi. It is widely regarded as the place where Delta blues music was born. […]