The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum was established in 1986 to preserve and interpret the maritime history and heritage of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It accomplishes this mission through an array of exhibits on shrimping, oystering, recreational fishing, wetlands, managing marine resources, charter boats, marine blacksmithing, wooden boat building, netmaking, catboats/Biloxi skiff, shrimp peeling machine and numerous historic photographs and objects. Recently completed is the Wade Guice Hurricane Museum within a museum, featuring 1400 square feet of exhibit space and a state of the art theatre. The Art gallery will feature regional and national maritime artists with exhibitions rotating throughout the year.
The Museum has brought life to local maritime history and heritage by replicating two 65′ two masted Biloxi Schooners. Examples of living maritime history, they sail the Mississippi Sound and waters of the north central Gulf of Mexico almost daily. The Museum also conducts year round educational programs and a summer Sea-n-Sail Adventure Camp which teaches youth about local maritime heritage. The Museum has an extraordinary collection of priceless photographs and artifacts which tell a story from the time of the first indian residents to the growth as a world renowned seafood processing center.
Without its volunteers, the Museum would not be able to effect its wide variety of programs. They are the primary reason for the success of many activities – assisting the staff of the annual Sea-n-Sail Adventure Camp, serving as crew members on the the museum’s schooners, securing and preserving artifacts, and helping with the annual museum drawdown and other fundraising efforts. The museum cannot truly fulfill its preservations and education mission without its docents. To become a museum docent, please call 435-6320. Surrounded by numerous hands on exhibits, Sea Campers enjoy learning about local heritage and culture. A happy Sea Camper proudly displays a catch made with a Biloxi cast net. The cast net has been used locally to catch seafood for almost 300 years.
The museum contains hundreds of one-of-a-kind artifacts of the historic Biloxi seafood industry. the preservation of these objects is one of the primary functions of the museum. The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum is the only institution carrying out this mission on the Gulf of Mexico. We celebrated 300 years of history with a $2 million expansion and renovation completed in February of 2003. After Hurricane Katrina we underwent a spectacular $8 million dollar renovation in 2005.
- 20,000 square feet of exhibit area
- Fully equipped Theater
- Wade Guice Hurricane Museum within a museum
- Art Gallery
- research library
- Recreational Fishing
- Managing Marine Resources
- Charter Boats
- Catboats/Biloxi Skiff
- Laitram Peeling Machine
- The Biloxi Schooner