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Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum
Ranked #13 of 60 things to do in Biloxi
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Ava, Missouri
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2012

Great displays with good information.Wonderful for adults and children.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Dianne M
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Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Worthwhile museum”
Reviewed February 10, 2012

Full of history on the seafood and maritime of Biloxi. Excellent video with views of the area and much information. Nice selection of books, art and gifts are always available in a nice atmosphere with displays telling a story... Must See!

2 Thank Nannysc
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Memphis, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Sail on a Schooner!”
Reviewed May 27, 2011

My husband and I took the "walk on" sailing trip on the Biloxi Schooners at the Maritime & Seafood Museum last fall. This was my first sail boat ride and now I'm hooked! It was an absolutely wonderful and very reasonably priced two hour "sunset" sail. The crew was very friendly and courteous and even allowed passengers to pilot the boat [for a few minutes]! If you have never sailed before this is a must do trip, kinda makes you want to go out and buy a sailboat of your own! Will take this trip again and again.

Visited September 2010
7 Thank Southernboy45
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Great Bend, Kansas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Scnooners: Could be worth it, but aren't”
Reviewed October 22, 2009

The captain warned us that it was too windy to sail, but I didn't get off on the hope that maybe we would sail. We never did sail. Instead we puttered up and down the Mississippi Sound for 2.5 hours. The captain and crew would have stood in the back of the boat talking between themselves and checking their text messages the whole time if a librarian from Seattle had not struck up a conversation with them.

Under her questioning the captain described Katrina, pointing out the continued signs of destruction on the shore. He also described his clean up efforts for the Maritime Museum. He also talked about the barrier islands. The captain has the background, knowledge and skill to give a fascinating tour of the harbor if he is prompted to do so. If you do go ask the Captain about Katrina, sailing the Mississippi Sound, the barrier islands, schooners, etc.

6 Thank ChrisRippel
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Not just a museum - Go sailing on a Schooner”
Reviewed May 18, 2009

If you visit this link: http://www.maritimemuseum.org/schooners/schooners.php you can get information on sailing on the schooner. We walked on last week with some other friends. It was our first time and here is some words of advice. If you bring a picnic - eat up as the boat is using the motor to get you out into open water. Once the sails are up, it is difficult to eat. Also sit further back in the boat to avoid getting wet if rough. It is a blast though. Take a cooler with food and drinks! Also wear casual clothes b/c it is just like sailing. Loads of fun for the kids.

5 Thank AVLME
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