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Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum

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Address: 115 1st Street, Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone Number: 228-435-6320
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Leisure education
Description: 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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Very interesting museum depicting the history of boating and fishing in the area. Some full sized sailboats are actually housed indoors. Eye-opening, in that It made us think of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Ocala,FL
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Very interesting museum depicting the history of boating and fishing in the area. Some full sized sailboats are actually housed indoors. Eye-opening, in that It made us think of Biloxi differently.

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Sagamore Hills, Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I was expecting this to be boring, but it was very interesting. There was a boat that was 2 stories tall inside. There was a section about hurricanes, paintings by Mr. Moran, and of course objects from the past. It was much more interesting than I thought it was going to be.

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Independence,Ky
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

This new museum is terrific. The history of Biloxi's seafood history is truly educational especially for visitors. The Katrina display and WLOX footage makes Katrina more understandable but hard to imagine for snowbirds. Worth the visit and very well done.

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Dayton
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The coastal mall held this museum until recently (after Katrina took out the old one). Great exhibits about the fishing industry, the waters around this bay area, and the historic heartbeat of the culture in the region between New Orleans and Mobile.

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oceaan springs, ms
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

First visit to museum worth almost every minute especially the historical video and boat works. Of special note is the Nydia and its backstory. Museum is nicely appointed and easy to navigate. My only beef was little showcasing impact of Katrina or BP oil spill on the industry

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Pensacola, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

As we were leaving this museum, looked at our watches..thought we'd been in there one hour, and it had been almost three hours! The old, much smaller museum was destroyed several years by a hurricane, and has been rebuilt. It opened in August, I believe, but this was the lst time we'd been able to visit the area. What an... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

As a Mississippi coast native who now lives elsewhere, I was blown away. Excellent exhibits. The history of the seafood industry on the coast was so fascinating. The documentation via pictures and live accounts was outstanding.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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63 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

A new large facility right on the water overlooking the bridge. There are three floors of fascinating information about the seafood industry. Learned a lot for a girl from the coast.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Visited on a Saturday afternoon and was very pleased with the museum. The center piece for the museum is the Sailing Vessel "NYDIA" formally owned and sailed by Albert Baldwin Wood, who developed the screw pump for the city of New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century. Being a sailing advocate the NYDIA has been on my list... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

If you like to learn about the local area you will like this museum. It is still getting started so some of the displays are not complete. The displays that they have are good and interesting. We took our kids…and they were not that interested in it, but there is a great park across the parking lot…so everyone wins.

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