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.

Hattiesburg Pocket Museum

Hattiesburg, MS   FEATURED


The Hattiesburg Pocket Museum is Mississippi’s tiniest and most unique museum. Located in the alley behind the Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg, the museum’s centerpiece is a frequently updated window display that’s surrounded by fanciful miniature scenes, murals, and street […]

Bill Waller Craft Center

Bill Waller Crafts Center

Ridgeland, MS   FEATURED


The Bill Waller Craft Center is a gallery and retail store that displays the artwork of more than 400 juried artisans. The Ridgeland center is home to the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, showcasing Southern crafts including Choctaw baskets and pottery, […]

Museum of the Mississippi Delta

Museum of the Mississippi Delta

Greenwood, MS   FEATURED


Founded in the 1970s as Cottonlandia, this outstanding regional museum will take you time traveling through centuries of Delta history and culture. From prehistoric fossils, Indian artifacts and Civil War history, to the rescued remnants of Chief Greenwood Leflore’s lost […]

The MAX Meridian

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is a museum that highlights Mississippi artists and celebrates the contributions of arts and entertainment luminaries in every artistic discipline. The museum has five permanent galleries of exhibits and two spaces for changing exhibits. Audio […]

Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music

Philadelphia, MS   FEATURED


Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music is a music attraction located in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Currently, the project consists of a performance arts center in the newly renovated Ellis Theater. When completed, the 50,000-square-foot campus will feature a world-class country music […]

Walter Anderson Museum of Art

Ocean Springs , MS   FEATURED


The Walter Anderson Museum of Art is dedicated to celebrating the works of Walter Inglis Anderson an artist whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him at the forefront of American painters of […]

Landers Center

Landers Center Theater

Southaven, MS   FEATURED


DeSoto Family Theatre (DFT) presents family productions throughout the year at the Landers Center Theater, which is adjacent to the Landers Center. Shows like The Sound of Music, The Diary of Anne Frank and Annie are just a few. In […]


The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is an interactive museum located in Cleveland, Mississippi, United States, focused on the continuing musical achievements of Mississippians. The museum opened on March 5, 2016. Mississippi is known around the world as the “Birthplace of America’s […]

Located in the heart of the Delta in Indianola, the B.B. King and Delta Interpretive Center, through exhibits, tells the story of King’s life and music. “The mission of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit […]

Lauren Rogers Museum

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art



Mississippi’s first art museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is located in Laurel, Mississippi, United States. It was founded in 1923 in memory of Lauren Eastman Rogers. The building’s architect was Rathbone DeBuys of New Orleans, Louisiana. The museum […]

MSU Riley Center

MSU Riley Center

Meridian, MS   FEATURED


The Riley Center, also known as the Grand Opera House and formally as the Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts, is a performing arts and conference center in Meridian, Mississippi. It was added to the National […]