In the main building, a mural of Vicksburg's riverfront circa 1910 adorns a wall. Other indoor exhibits simulate how the river's movement over time since 1775 had created oxbow lakes between Mississippi and Louisiana and one that tells the story of cultures on the river in the 17th century to the 1950s.
Behind the main exhibit hall is a scale model of the river between Greenville and Natchez that children can play on. It holds about 2 inches of water to represent normal stages and about 5 inches to represent a flood.
Ground was broken for the center in 2009. The concept began in l995, when the city purchased the retired towboat for $1. The title was returned to the Corps in 2007, when the vessel was slow-rolled down Washington Street to the museum site at Washington and Jackson streets.
Below are some pictures I took of the interior of the museum and will post pictures of the MV Mississippi tomorrow.
A seated area showing a movie of the Great Flood of 1927.
Vicksburg, ca. 1400
Looking out the corner window of a classroom with the Yazoo & Mississippi River Valley Depot in the background.
A model on making a flood.
A huge fish tank inside the museum.