The Lower Mississippi River Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Site (LMRM) was first authorized by Congress in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1992, and amended in WRDA of 2000, in which the museum was further defined. Also in 1992, Vicksburg purchased the Motor Vessel Mississippi IV from the Corps of Engineers for one dollar, which was then given deeded back to the Corps in 2007. The vessel which was in Morgan City, LA, had to be relocated, by both land and water transportation, to its current location.
After years of negotiations, reauthorization, and appropriation by the U.S. Congress, MVK began to develop plans and specifications for the LMRM. The overall project suffered many setbacks, including site slope failures, the Great Flood of 2011, cancellation of major project features, and even revocation of project funds for higher priority items. These setbacks impacted the overall project cost and schedule, but by the Fall of 2011, the project overcame the issues and began to move toward project completion.
The LMRM has been created to provide an understanding of the risks and benefits for life surrounding the Mississippi River. The LMRM showcases the Federal Government’s role in the Mississippi River’s past as well as the collaborative efforts from all stakeholders in maintaining a healthy river system. The images and stories center on the Vicksburg Mississippi vicinity, the bluff city in the center of the Lower Mississippi River Valley.
The LMRM strives to fulfill its vision through the following activities:
To provide, under the auspices of the Federal Government, public programs including exhibitions, workshops, seminars, lectures, collections, and other related activities and events which enhance the role of the institution as a centre of education and enjoyment for the general public;
To research, record, and preserve the art and history of Vicksburg and the surrounding region;
To promote the public’s interest in and appreciation of the Corps of Engineers work along with the efforts of other Federal and state groups.
To distribute publications and literature of all kinds relating to the objects and activities of the museum.
So visit us and explore life on the Mississippi River! Find out how different communities, farming families, and the US Army Corps of Engineers have all utilized the river. Choose your own adventure on the river with the Mississippi Trail Interactive. Hear what the 1927 flood was like for a family that lived through it. See some of the river's fish up close in our 1,515 gallon aquarium. The Lower Mississippi River Museum provides a unique and interactive way to learn about the history, people, and events that have been a part of the Mighty Mississippi.