History in Mississippi

Mississippi is a state that’s rich in history. On our soil, one of the most defining battles of the American Civil War was fought, and the heroes and martyrs of the civil rights movement continued their struggle for freedom and equality. Our cultural impact is recognized throughout the state, as well, with hundreds of historic markers on our Freedom Trail, Blues Trail, Country Music Trail, and Literary Trail.

Every building and landmark in Mississippi tells a story. From towering churches to a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, visitors can marvel at the architectural masterpieces that span centuries and cities across the state. History buffs, music lovers, and art connoisseurs can enjoy an assortment of museums, so adding a museum tour or two can make your itinerary complete.

For more information about Mississippi’s history, 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.

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The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, also known as Medgar Evers House, is a historic house museum at 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive in Jackson, Mississippi. Built in 1956, it was the home of African-American civil rights activist […]

Elvis Presley Birthplace
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The most significant landmark of Tupelo’s modern history is a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on January 8, 1935. From this humble beginning, Elvis Presley began his swift rise to become the world’s […]

Museum of Mississippi History

Museum of Mississippi History

Jackson   FEATURED

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The Museum of Mississippi History encourages people to explore more than 15,000 years of state history. Throughout the galleries, visitors will explore interactive exhibits, see engaging artifacts and hear stories from people who shaped the state. The museum’s theme—One Mississippi, […]

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Jackson   FEATURED

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The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a Mississippi movement that changed the nation. Through eight interactive exhibits, the museum promotes a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact by highlighting the strength and […]

Montrose and the Montrose Museum

Holly Springs   FEATURED

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Montrose is a two-story columned Greek Revival home built as a wedding present for the daughter of Alfred Brooks. It is now operated by the Holly Springs Garden Club as a house museum. The arboretum contains over 50 different specimens […]

Museum of the Mississippi Delta

Museum of the Mississippi Delta

Greenwood   FEATURED

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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 […]

Robert Johnson
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A creative genius who lived fast and died young, Robert Johnson has continued to influence generations of musicians across a wide spectrum of genres. Legends from Robert Plant to Bonnie Raitt have studied and imitated the guitar skills and vocal […]

Monmouth Historic Inn

Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens

Natchez   FEATURED

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Set in a landmark 1818 mansion on 26 acres of gardens, this stately inn is 2 miles from the Mississippi River and 1 mile from the antebellum Melrose mansion in Natchez National Historical Park. The antiques-furnished rooms and suites feature turndown […]

Delta Blues Museum

Clarksdale   FEATURED

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Since its creation, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted, and encouraged a deep interest in the story of the blues. Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, […]

Highway 61 Blues Museum, Leland

Highway 61 Blues Museum

Leland   FEATURED

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A small blues museum honoring the Mid Mississippi Delta bluesmen striving to educate the public on the their contributions to music all over the world. […]

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The mission of the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum is to preserve the history, heritage, and traditions of hunting, fishing, and the Great Outdoors in Mississippi; to honor the people that have been a part of it;and to educate the public […]

Tunica River Park and Museum

Robinsonville   FEATURED

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An inexpensive way to spend the day in Tunica, the Mississippi River Museum at Tunica River Park takes you on a journey through our illustrious past, while a river cruise on the Tunica Queen lets you enjoy the Delta from […]