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New Lower Mississippi River museum hits it big

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VICKSBURG, Ms., (KNOE 8 News) - In September, nearly 3,000 visitors went through the new Lower Mississippi River museum in Vicksburg and October visits are projected to be even higher.

The museum's purpose is to educate the public about the Lower Mississippi River and its tributaries from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico. It provides an understanding of the third largest watershed in the world and its role as a thoroughfare for waterborne commerce and economic development. 

An outdoor model of the Mississippi River interprets the stretch of the river from Greenville to Vicksburg. It illustrates how the Mississippi River and levees and control structures interact while simulating both normal and flood water flows. The model was designed and built by the Engineer Research Development Center (ERDC) based in Vicksburg.

The site also features the Motor Vessel Mississippi IV, a retired Corps of Engineers working towboat as well as a 1,500-gallon aquarium, which allows visitors to see river aquatic life swimming, feeding, and interacting with one another.  USACE biologists stocked the tank with fish collected from the river as well as fish maintained in a laboratory.

The hours of operation are:
Tuesday-Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday (April - October): 1pm - 5pm
Monday: Closed
Museum is closed on Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Site (LMRM) at 910 Washington Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi was built and  funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and includes a reception area, temporary and permanent exhibition halls, theater, classroom/activity room, office and work room. Learn more on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LMRMIC

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