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Vicksburg river museum has 3,000 visitors in first full month

The Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretative Site in Vicksburg had just short of 3,000 visitors in September, the first full month it was open.

The numbers were released Thursday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which funded and built the museum.

The museum’s mission is to help its visitors understand how the Mississippi River and its tributaries that stretch from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico work together to create a waterway whose waterborne commerce is a big contributor to economic development for the cities and towns up and down their banks.

Exhibits include an outdoor model of the river from Vicksburg to Greenville, a 1,500-gallon aquarium that features aquatic life native to the river and a retired Corps of Engineers towboat. The model includes a demonstration of how the levees work in normal and flood waters. Lat year, the levee system experienced its toughest test since it was built in the early 1930s when a 100-year flood pushed against it.

No major breaches were reported, and the levees generally earned praise for saving towns like Vicksburg from historic floodwaters.

The museum opened in mid-August. Its hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from April to October from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It’s closed on Mondays.

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