Tourism in Mississippi

Tourism is a flourishing industry in the State as people are attracted to the region for a variety of reasons. The history associated with the areas and the uniqueness of its culture blends together to provide an inviting cocktail for visitors. Music has always been popular in the area and Mississippi is regarded as the home of the blues. Music lovers have a variety of museums that they can visit that commemorates the birth of the blues in the region.

The Delta Blues Museum

The Delta Blues Museum

The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale is located in the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Passenger Depot which was built in 1926 and is a listed building. The museum houses many artefacts that are related to the blues and has been visited many musicians such as Eric Clapton and Paul Simon. The front man of ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the museum. As well as acting as a historical record of then history of the blues the museum also educates young people who wish to learn to play a musical instrument. The Back in the Day Museum in Greenwood looks at the lives of famous blue musicians who lived in the area. Eddie “Guitar” Slim, John Hurt and Robert Johnson’s lives are all featured. The grave of Robert Johnson is close by and people are able to visit it.

Mississippi has produce a number of notable artists such as Walter Anderson, Marie Hull and George Ohr. The Mississippi Museum of Art In Jackson has extensive collections and has regular exhibitions of local and national artists. It also loans out many of its pieces to affiliated galleries around the State. The museum has been in operation for over 100 years but moved to its new location in 2007. The new structure is a creation of art in its design and has created a sleek structure that appears to be a museum without walls.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

The area is steeped in history and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson is a must for all visitors with an interest in the regions past. The mission of the museum is to educate people about the American Civil Rights Movement. The museum was opened in December 2017 and received 20 million US dollars from the Mississippi Legislature to fund the building. As well as the history of the movement being featured, there are also five large memorial stones that include the names of 600 people who were lynched and killed in the State during the years of oppression. Mississippi has a number of annual festivals that are well attended and attract people into the state. The Mississippi State Fair is held each year on the first Wednesday in October and lasts for 12 days. The event attracts nearly 700,000 people each year and has a wide range of attractions. Located just outside of Jackson there is a mile long fairway along which there are numerous entertainments. These include musical performances, a fair ground, livestock shows and numerous stalls selling local food products.

Many people visit the area for the great outdoors and the sports that are found in the area. The climate is ideal for enjoying the outdoor life and there are numerous professional sports that are played in the State. The region has numerous golf courses especially in the delta and coastal areas. There are 20 golf courses in a relatively small area and the beauty is that golf can be played in short sleeved shirts all year round. These splendid facilities means that many golfers visit the region each year and are valuable part of the region’s tourist industry.Tourism is a vital industry in the State which provides many jobs and brings in much income. The region is fortunate that it is of interest to many different types of people.

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