The Gulf Coast Heritage Area has the past that stretches back more than 10,000 years. It was around this time that local Native American tribes began to settle here. The Gulf Coast Heritage area is filled with many local museums that help us remember who we are. From the earliest Native American tribes to today, history buffs everywhere can enjoy learning about our incredibly diverse history and heritage.
ALICE MOSLEY FOLK ART MUSEUM
The Alice Mosley Folk Art Museum honors the memory of folk artist Alice Mosley. In addition to the works of Alice Mosley, the museum also has collections of vintage bottles, depression glass and beautiful antiques.
BAY ST. LOUIS MARDI GRAS MUSEUM
The museum displays Mardi Gras costumes alongside other Mardi Gras memorabilia. This estive venue gets visitors in the mood for a fun and colorful time!
BUSTED WRENCH GARAGE MUSEUM AND GIFT SHOP
This museum houses automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles and boats. Born from one man’s passion, the collection has been growing for about 20 years. This museum is free and open to the public.
COASTAL MISSISSIPPI MARDI GRAS MUSEUM
Explore the glamorous story of Mardi Gras as it is celebrated along the Mississippi Coast.
The GI Museum’s mission is to preserve and represent the generations of Americans who have served our country. It is because of them that we remain free today.
INTERMODAL TOURIST CENTER & LOWER PEARL RIVER VALLEY TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM
Educational exhibits on early automobiles, aeronautics and even space travel can be found at one of Pearl River’s most historic venues. Learning about early forms of travel will certainly make you appreciate how far we’ve come!
The LaPointe-Krebs House, built in 1757, is the oldest structure in Mississippi and is the oldest confirmed building in the entire Mississippi Valley.
LYNN MEADOWS DISCOVERY CENTER
All the best things about being a kid come together at Mississippi’s First Children’s Museum. Live, learn, laugh and play in 15,000 square feet of indoor and 7.5 acres of outdoor adventures!
MARITIME & SEAFOOD INDUSTRY MUSEUM
Maritime history museum hooks into Gulf Coast’s rich heritage hook, line and sinker. Discover new details about catboats, charter boats and operating a mechanized shrimp peeler.
MARY C O'KEEFE CULTURAL CENTER
The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center believes that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy performing, culinary and visual art events.
MISSISSIPPI COAST MODEL RAILROAD MUSEUM
Local appreciates of Mississippi’s coastal railroad history are dedicated to implementing educational programs for the whole family in Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum.
NASA INFINITY SCIENCE CENTER
The state of the art 72,000 square foot facility includes interactive exhibits about NASA, space, planets, stars, weather, space travel and exploration.
OHR-O'KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART
The museum in home to a variety of historic and compelling exhibitions. With a focus on the ceramics, it celebrates the evolution of the South’s movement in the arts.
OLD FIREHOUSE MUSEUM
The Wiggins Old Firehouse Museum is full of records and artifacts that preserve the stories and history of Stone County. It hosts several new traditions that intrigue children and adults alike.
SCRANTON SHRIMP BOAT MUSEUM
Explore a 70-foot shrimp boat including a wheelhouse, galley a TED and shrimp net on display, bunk-room, wetlands diorama and three 100-gallon aquariums.
This Pottery studio is a must see for anyone who appreciates the arts. A family business that has been around since 1928. Shearwater Pottery is still going strong and remains on the South’s prominent centers for pottery.
THE PASCAGOULA RIVER AUDUBON CENTER
The Pascagoula River Audubon Center acts as a gateway to the Pascagoula River; the center sits atop a nature preserve that protects more that 35,000 acres of land along the Pascagoula River. Wildlife along this is quite diverse, with some species found nowhere else on Earth.
THE SCRANTON'S NATURE CENTER AT I.G. LEVY PARK
Learn about birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, sea life, fossils and more! Call the Scranton Nature Center for more information on tours, fields trips and birthday parties.
WALTER ANDERSON MUSEUM OF ART
Visiting the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) is a unique experience for the whole family. WAMA opened in 1991 and celebrated the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965).
WAR & PEACE: THE T.F. MONTI PRIVATE MODEL COLLECTION
T.F. Monti’s private model collection has wartime memorabilia including PT boats, fighter jets and tanks. This private collection gives visitors a glimpse into authentic U.S. military history.
WAVELAND'S GROUND ZERO HURRICANE MUSEUM
Waveland was among one of the most devastated areas in all of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This museum pays tribute to all those who suffered and all who preserved in this time of human tragedy.