3959 E. Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: (601) 634-8438
Fax: (601) 630-0415
Arts & Museums
This museum has the world's largest collection of Civil War gunboat models. It also offers the only diorama of the Siege of Vicksburg with 2,500 miniature soldiers depicting the battle. Film of the Vanishing Glory, bottles of river boats, tow boats, US navy vessels, 3 model railroad layout, 150 model cars and more can be enjoyed.
The USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum is an 1861 ironclad that sunk in 1862. This massive gunboat was long forgotten yet was well preserved underwater with its historical artifacts still intact. It was found in 1956 after a massive search for the lost ship and was raised from the river in the 1960s. It became a museum at the Vicksburg National Military Park. You will find this massive boat, with its cannons, quite fascinating and it also gives an insight into the US naval history.
This is Vicksburg's only African-American history and culture preservation museum. Over 20,000 artifacts including books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers and more are to be found in this collection. Open Monday - Saturday by appointment to see the museum.
Sitting prettily atop a high hill is the Old Court House Museum. Built between 1858 to 1860 by 100 skilled slave artisans, it is considered to be one of the most outstanding courthouses in the country. The entrance is flanked by four colonnade towering to 30 feet (9.14 meters). Jefferson Davis started his political career on its grounds with a speech. He later on became the Confederate President. It became a museum in 1948 after years of neglect. Stroll through its many rooms for a glimpse of history that is exciting and gloomy at times as many exhibits show the ordeal that the Civil War caused on the local people. The Old Court House Museum has a plethora of relics such as Confederate flags, delicate vintage furniture, china, silver, pre-civil war clothing, toys and fine artifacts. There is a gift shop in the museum where you can buy besides reproduced items, authentic historic coins, shell fragments and more as mementos.
In this restored building in 1894, Coca-Cola was bottled for the first time anywhere in the world. Owned and operated by The Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation, a not-for-profit group, the museum can be toured in about 30 minutes. An original soda fountain with soft drinks and ice cream, candies, and a nice selection of gifts, including Coca-Cola memorabilia, are offered.
Museum and gift shop housed in an interesting old building featuring four rooms filled with more than 1,000 dolls, boys' and girls' toys, and accessories dating from the 1880's to the present.
Not to be missed! See the Civil War gunboat and the numerous artifacts recovered from it when raised from the bed of the Yazoo River in the 1960's. After viewing the gunboat in an outside viewing area, you'll go inside to the museum where you'll see an astonishing variety and number of personal artifacts that belonged to the crew. Open 8:30a.m - 5:00p.m daily.
Located in nearby Utica, this unique museum traces the history of the Jewish experience in Mississippi from pre-Civil War Days through the Civil Rights movement and into the modern era. On display, you will find a number of artifacts that demonstrate the challenges faced by Jews in the American South, their lives and their triumphs. A short video presentation chronicles the journey of Jews from the Old Country to America and their acclimation to the culture of the largely agricultural South. The breathtaking exhibit of the work of world-famous photographer Bill Arron alone is worth the short trip to Utica.