Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum

#7 in Best Things To Do in Biloxi
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Key Info

115 East First Street

Price & Hours

$10 for adults; $6 for kids 5-15
Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Sun noon-4 p.m.

Details

Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

This museum was established in 1986 to shed light on the area's maritime history and its importance to Biloxi. It was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the brand new museum opened to the public in 2014. The museum offers exhibits on everything from fishing and shrimping to boat-building and blacksmithing. In addition to exhibits, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum contains hundreds of unique artifacts plus it owns two 65-foot-long Biloxi Schooner replicas that sail around the Mississippi Sound and the northern waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Most visitors said they enjoyed their experiences, calling the museum interesting and enlightening, citing the wealth of information on the coastal environment and the development of the seafood industry. Others said the subject matter wasn't quite their cup of tea and warned that there are a lot of reading materials. But all museumgoers agreed that the Hurricane Katrina exhibit and film is a "must-see" during your visit. It offers footage from news reports, interviews with survivors and the devastation that followed afterward.

Located on Point Cadet near Gulf Marine State Park, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students ages 5 to 15. To find out more about the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, visit its website.

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One of the first cast-iron lighthouses built in the South, the Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the city's most revered landmarks. Erected in 1848, it was operated by local Biloxians – including a handful of female lightkeepers – until 1939 when the U.S. Coast Guard adopted the post. Today, the lighthouse has survived the shoreline's devastation by many a hurricane (Hurricane Katrina's storm surge waters covered a third of the 64-foot-tall lighthouse) and stands as a symbol of the city's resolve.

Recent visitors loved this historic lighthouse, noting its beauty and praising the views of the Gulf Coast from above. And while some said the structure itself is on the small side, travelers said taking the tour is worth it as the guides offer more information on the lighthouse's purpose, history and resilience through the years.

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