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“A Quaint Tupelo Museum”

Oren Dunn City Museum
Ranked #11 of 25 things to do in Tupelo
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Owner description: 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.
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 miss the Veterans Museum in the back part of the Oren Dunn building. No specific admission charge to the Veteran's Museum .. BUT .. donations are happily accepted. Lots and lots of military stuff to see.

4  Thank Jaded-Bird
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Easy to find, free parking, nominal admission fee ($3), very interesting outbuildings. There is a Veteran's museum in the back which you can visit for free but they do accept and appreciate donations. The veteran's museum is owned by an individual collector. You would not believe the sheer quantity of items in there! The owner, Tony Lute, has another museum that is now closed from which he rotates items to this museum. He happened to be on-hand the day we were there and he is very friendly and informative. Many unique items that you would not expect an individual collector to have can be seen here...they even have a B-52 Bomber engine! The Oren Dunn City museum alone is worth a trip when you are in Tupelo but the Veteran's museum is the "cherry on top."

3  Thank stkn1
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

We loved the admission price, which also included the very interesting Veterans Museum attached to the Oren Dunn Museum.
Staff was very friendly.

2  Thank CarolH175
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

I saw a brosure of this place when i was in tupelo and decided to stop and take a look. you cant beat the price ( $3.oo for adults.) There is also a vetereans museum behind the building thats free. out front there are a bunch of old buildings and trains. we spent quite a lot of time there and got our moneys worth. Everyone that worked there couldnt have been nicer.

4  Thank kathys1977
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Reviewed April 3, 2008

This museum has a lot of items on a lot of subjects. It would benefit greatly from more organization. The outside displays are a collection of misc artifacts which would benefit from more identification. Having said this, my wife and I spent 75 minutes here, but we tend to look at and read everything.

This is a nice stop if you are in the area and have extra time. It is not a destination attraction.

3  Thank retiredtravel
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