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Biloxi Seafood Museum Expanding

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi is about to nearly double in size. Construction crews are busy adding another 8,000 square feet to the popular tourist attraction at Point Cadet.

The museum director is hoping for a ribbon cutting in October of next year. The $1.5 million project is both an expansion and renovation. Along with adding more space, the existing facility will also be getting a facelift.

New exhibits and a larger facility will give tourists and school children a whole new experience when they step back in time.

Students from Coast Episcopal got a glimpse of working life in the old days during a museum tour on Thursday.

Curious kids viewed the maritime exhibits and learn of the era when Biloxi was Seafood Capital of the World.

"It was real important. It was one of the most, it was one of the top seafood industries in the world they said. And it had a lot of business," Colby Robertson said.

The oyster shucking exhibit caught Townsend Medeiros' attention.

"They'd take the oyster and have to try and find a place where they could cut through the mussel."

There will soon be even more educational exhibits at the Seafood Museum. The new addition is quickly taking shape.

"We'll be adding a charter boat exhibit. We're going to be touching on barrier islands. Managing marine resources is another new exhibit. We have a lot of exhibits planned for the expansion," museum Director Robin Krohn David said.

Wooden boat cut outs, now stored in the curator's office, will be another added exhibit. Along with the large addition, the existing museum will also be renovated throughout.

The museum director envisions a much improved setting for sharing an important coastal story of history and heritage.

"We feel very privileged to be able to tell the story. To be able to inform people. Not only our tourists, but our coast people who tend to lose that awareness of where we came from and what we started from on the Gulf Coast."

By Steve Phillips

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