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Oren Dunn City Museum

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Address: 689 Rutherford Road, Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone Number: +1 662-841-6438
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Housed in a 1937 dairy barn, Oren Dunn City Museum offers a unique view...

Housed in a 1937 dairy barn, Oren Dunn City Museum offers a unique view into our region's past. The museum's collection reflects the local and regional history of Tupelo and northeast Mississippi, focusing mainly on major milestones of agriculture, industry and local memorabilia. Examples include: the 1864 Civil War Battle of Harrisburg, the 1936 Tupelo Tornado, Hospital on the Hill, and a 1940's era model railroad of downtown Tupelo. In addition to the our permanent exhibits, Oren Dunn City Museum hosts seasonal exhibits, including but not limited to, the Annual Holiday Toy Exhibit in conjunction with the Lighting of the Museum and the Fossil Road Show & Geology Exhibit. We host two festivals each year: the Dudie Burger Festival, the first Saturday in May, and the Dogtrot Festival, the third Saturday in October. We host annual programs including Museum Summer Camp and Living History Days. Although the museum is closed on Saturdays, we provide special Saturday programming throughout the year. Check us out on the Oren Dunn City Museum Facebook page.

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Great museum

Tony was so sweet and very informative. I like all the props in the museum. I hope to go back to visit. Kristen W.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Tony was so sweet and very informative. I like all the props in the museum. I hope to go back to visit. Kristen W.

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Franklinton, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

My hubby and I took a road trip to Tupelo and we did go to this place !! The gentlemen working there were nice and very informative !! The park was awesome we didn't walk around but it looked very nice !! Maybe next time !!

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Rae M, Manager at Oren Dunn City Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for stopping by! We love to hear from our visitors. More 

Stewart, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

This stop was very nice! To start off, admission for adults is only 8.00. Also, right next to the museum is a neat little pond with a walking track and a playground (perfect if you and kids have been cooped up in a vehicle/it's free!). The museum itself has interesting random things in the front part and war related items... More 

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LaPlace, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

Small charge for front museum. First building has memorabilia of the history of Tupelo as well as Louisiana. Back building is loaded with many amazing pieces from Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam etc. Truly interesting to see! Mr Troy was very helpful in answering questions on the different pieces that he has been collecting for years. No charge for war... More 

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

If you have a little time and want to see some different things from old Tupelo, it is worth a visit. They have an interesting model train running, some old fire trucks, an old diner, and a small room with old medical and dental equipment that is scary/fascinating. Though not connected to Tupelo, there is a wonderful collection of Hollywood... More 

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Lahaina, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

all the employees were extremely welcoming and went above and beyond in helping us to enjoy not only their museum but also their town!

1 Thank Ann B
Cookeville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Good history of Tupelo, but the veterans museum in back stole the show. Memorabilia from different wars also lots of nazi items as well as American items.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

We arrived on a Monday, when it was officially closed but were fortunate to be let in anyway. The collection is really diverse so there's something to interest everyone, regardless of age . The veterans museum, accessed through the same entrance is excellent and contains extensive personal memorabilia from many wars. Fascinating stuff for anyone with an interest in either... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

We stopped by here and met Tony Lute, owner if the Veterans Museum, Kenny, owner of the old movie, circus, and magic show posters; it was a great history lesson and recommend if you're in Tupelo to visit because it has lots of great physical scenery of a world no longer known, especially to our children!

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

West of town on Highway 278 and just past the Natchez Trace Parkway entrance road, take a left on Rutherford road. Right turn into Tupelo city park and the Oren Dunn City Museum. A very nice opportunity to see the way things were in early Tupelo and the area. Several nice outdoor exhibits and buildings. Of Special Note: DO NOT... More 

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