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Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum

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Address: 115 1st Street, Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone Number: 12284356320
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Sun 12:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 am
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The Museum exhibits hundreds of one-of-a-kind artifacts and an unrivaled...

The Museum exhibits hundreds of one-of-a-kind artifacts and an unrivaled collection of vintage photos, which tells the story from the time of the first Indian settlement through generations of immigrants whose journey contributed to the melting-pot culture of the Gulf Coast. The Grand Hall features the "Nydia" a 30' gaff rigged cabin sloop built in Biloxi in 1898 at the Johnson Shipyard. Featured exhibits include shrimping, oystering, recreational fishing, wetlands, marine blacksmithing, net-making, boat building, hurricanes, featuring Camille and Katrina, all the while telling the tale of over 300 years of history, culture and heritage.

The Museum is available for special events, meetings, weddings, etc.

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Surprisingly Good Maritime Museum

In the midst of a town known for its beaches and gambling, you will find a fine although relatively small maritime museum. It illustrates the history of the seafood industry and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Michael G
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Orangeburg
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Orangeburg
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39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In the midst of a town known for its beaches and gambling, you will find a fine although relatively small maritime museum. It illustrates the history of the seafood industry and how to catch it. Keep in mind, this has long been a major industry along the gulf coast. Old equipment is on display as well as yachts since racing... More 

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Thank Michael G
Diamondhead, Mississippi, United States
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84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of history to read and review, with a nice displays of actual boats. As the title states, "Maritime" it is all about boats. Not much for children to do here, since one is asked not to touch the displays. You need to allow sufficient time to fully read all the information. The film about hurricane Katrina is informative, especially... More 

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Thank Kathryn L
North Charleston, South Carolina
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35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If harvesting and processing seafood and the history of building boats are your fancy, this museum's for you. A great museum! There is also an excellent video with much actual footage of the Katrina. The scenes are disturbing and dramatic. Driving around Beloxi, especially the neighborhoods around Pine street, still reveal the devastation of this storm. Despite these reoccurring hurricanes,... More 

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Chisholm, Minnesota
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

The Maritime Museum in Biloxi wasn't really my cup of tea. If you are big into boats and learning about fishing, I highly recommend it to you. If you do go, plan a couple of hours to read everything. But, if you lack interest in boats, I highly encourage you to stay away from it.

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1 Thank Mitchell G
St. Petersburg, Florida
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190 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

If you are one who gets into reading every single sign detailing each historical event and physical artifact in the museum and are a maritime buff, you could easily spend a most enjoyable full day here. We spent 45 minutes, since we aren't ones to read and read and read. The movie about the devastation by Hurricane Katrina to the... More 

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1 Thank William W
Havertown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This part of the country is so very different from my home town of Philadelphia (PA, not MS). It was great to learn about all the things that are so important to the people and way of life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Open floors; whole ships; learned more about the seafood industry that I thought there was to know.... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Plan a couple hours to see everything. Came away with a sad feeling about the two major hurricanes which just about wiped this area away. Camille first and then Katrina, with a few smaller ones in between. The exhibits are well laid out. The seafood industry is fascinating.

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1 Thank marlav123
Marianna, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Nice summary of the boating / fishing industry history in the area. Lots of great static displays and staff members on hand to answer questions if you have them. They had a nice informative section of the history of hurricanes in this town. Lots of pictures of devastation from Hurricane Katrina.

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1 Thank Spartacass
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

The schooner tour was incredible. Go on the evening tour and you'll be pulling off the docks right before the sun sets. This is a great place to visit if you're in the area.

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Thank Tucker509
New Orleans
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

This museum is a wonderful experience for all family members. There are many interesting and interactive exhibits. It is a wonderful place to spend a morning or afternoon, plan to spend several hours at least to throughly enjoy the museum. It is very interesting to see a side and history of the gulf coast that. I did not know much... More 

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