AAA Editor Notes
Mississippi River Museum is inside the River Center Building at Mud Island River Park. The museum has 18 galleries with more than 5,000 artifacts and a 4,000-gallon freshwater aquarium. Exhibits detail the valley's creation and settlement from Native American inhabitants to European explorers; transportation on the river, with a replica of an 1870s steamboat; the Civil War, with a full-scale Union gunboat; and the development of Delta music from early blues to rock 'n' roll.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.