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.

Attic Gallery



The Attic Gallery is the oldest independent art gallery in the state of Mississippi. It features Southern folk art, contemporary fine art, handmade pottery, glass, jewelry, and many “blues” related items with funk mixed in. Fodors Guide to the southern states “regional art, fine crafts chosen with […]


Located in Vicksburg Mississippi Stitch-N-Frame is a quilt shop that provides it’s customers with over 13,000 items to get your project done. Along with a wide online stock of products, they also carry over 8,000 fabrics. Visit the store or […]


A creative adventure where children can enjoy playful areas such as the splash fountain, garden area walks, children’s art, mural, and unique exhibits. Handicapped accessible. […]

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. […]

Gulfport History Museum

The Gulfport Museum of History, operated by the Historical Society of Gulfport, will feature a few permanent displays, such as that of Gulfport native John C. Robinson, the Brown Condor, but other items will be changing regularly. Gulfport was built on […]

Trent Lott Performing Arts Theater

The Trent Lott Performing Arts Theater is a theater space inside the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education. With 383 seats, the theater accommodates concerts, plays, musicals, recitals and town meetings. […]


Center Stage is a live theater that has been entertaining Mississippi’s Gulf Coast for over 30 years. With a year round schedule, Center Stage features an array of popular musicals, dramas, comedies and children’s productions. Visit the theater’s web site […]

Bay St Louis Little Theater

Bay St. Louis Little Theatre is a local community playhouse offering exceptional shows. Awarded 2013 Governor’s Arts Award Awarded Hancock Chamber of Commerce – “Community Award of Excellence 2013” […]

Biloxi Little Theater

The Biloxi Little Theatre, founded in 1946, is an all-volunteer community theatre offering high-quality entertainment. The playhouse is located in a historic building in of “Ole” Biloxi. […]

Paul Overstreet Country Music Trail Marker

The Mississippi Blues Trail – Paul Overstreet – Raised in Vancleave, through the 1980s Paul Overstreet became one of Nashville’s most consistently successful and honored songwriters, penning major hits for George Jones, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, Kenny Chesney, […]

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center is located in the historic 1927 Ocean Springs Public School Building. The Center provides a diverse set of programs and facilities for the arts. The beautiful lobby area houses the spectacular 1937 WPA tile […]