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New Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum at Point Cadet opens Saturday, admission free


BILOXI, Mississippi — Admission is free this weekend at the new Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum at Point Cadet.

Locals and visitors will walk into what is described by architect Daria Pizzetta as a "ship in a bottle."

Every floor displays pieces of South Mississippi's maritime history, from the recreational boats to the tools of the shrimpers, the boatmakers and seafood factories that once earned Biloxi the title of "Seafood Capital of the World."

Whistles from the seafood factories will blow at 9 a.m. Saturday to call visitors as they once called the families in East Biloxi to work. Each whistle has a different sound so workers would know which factory was to report, said Robin Krohn David, executive director of the museum.

David tells The Sun Herald ( ) the new museum will be open free this weekend from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Nine years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original building, the museum returns with popular features like the timeline that covers 300 years of maritime history and old photographs. All the displays are researched, fabricated and installed by Val Husley of Husley & Sons.

The museum will be open daily except Monday.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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