BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The Hancock County Tourism Bureau unveiled its newest tourism attractions Friday. Three museums under one roof inside of the historic train depot in Bay St. Louis. All three are designed to give visitors a taste of the history and culture of the area.
Part of the first floor of the train depot has been transformed into the Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum. There, tourists can see some elaborate costumes worn by past coast royalty.
"When they come in they are just blown away by the fact that Mardi Gras exist outside of New Orleans. It exists on the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Jane Byrne, with the Hancock Co. Tourism Bureau.
The museum was just opened and has already attracted visitors from as far away as Taiwan, England and Canada.
"Amazing, it must be days of work to design and put them together, and I imagine wearing them would be a workout within itself," said Tim Gregson of Vancouver.
Tourists can soak-up the history of the 1928 train depot without traveling far.
Byrne said, "On the other side of the of the Depot, we have a train display. We have train models. We have an actual luggage cart that dates back to the 1920s."
On the second floor of the depot is a museum honoring the late folk artist Alice Moseley. The Grand Opening for the Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum will got underway Saturday morning.
Curator Geri Bleau said, "We think it's special just like Alice was. We want you to come in and feel like you're walking into her home."
Visitors can check out some of Moseley's original paintings, purchase her prints and see some rare antiques.
"The museum itself is free. There is no admission charge, and the money that we make here goes back into the programs we intend to have here such as art camp for kids in the summer, lectures. We have a full schedule planned," Bleau said.