Seafood museum hopes to reel in Biloxi tourists

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi's Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum open to the public this Saturday.  A night earlier, invited guests will participate in a gala grand opening.

With just three days left before the debut, construction crews are working quickly to add the finishing touches to the museum.

This museum cleared more than a few hurdles to reach this point.  Hurricane Katrina dismantled what was on the Point Cadet property.  Battles soon ensued about where the seafood museum should be rebuilt.  Board members thought property across from the Schooner Pier and next to the Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art would be the perfect spot for their artifacts.  But, Biloxi leaders said no.

Ultimately, the museum board got permission to rebuild on the same land that was home to Biloxi's seafood history before Katrina came ashore.

The new Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum is a three story complex that sits on Biloxi's eastern tip.  The smoke-free facility is filled with artifacts donated from the community, and features several exhibits.

On WLOX at 10:00, Christina Garcia will speak with museum board member Kim Ross to learn more about what's inside this museum and what means for Biloxi residents/tourism.

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