The vessels which have served as the Mississippi always pulled “double duty” serving both as a Corps work vessel and as the MRC’s river inspection vessel and public meeting venue. During the traditional high-water and low-water seasons each spring and summer, the members of the MRC conduct inspection trips and public meetings aboard the Mississippi at various locations along the length of the Mississippi River.
Every deck of the M/V Mississippi IV has been brought back to life through the use of original pieces, staged items, and soundscapes. The exhibits include a boat simulator, interactive kiosks, and information about the vessel’s working life and the Mississippi River Commission. There are activities for all ages, and much to see and explore!
The M/V Mississippi IV played an important role as a US Army Corps of Engineers workboat and as a public ambassador for the Mississippi River Commission. She also marked a distinct departure from traditional paddle wheel steam-driven vessels that once plied the waters of the Mississippi River. Explore some historic photographs of the Mississippi River and the progression of the M/V Mississippi IV from her construction, working life, MRC duties, and to the making of this museum.