Mighty Mississippi – Explore the 6,000-square-feet special exhibit that explores the rich heritage of of the famous river

St. Louis Mo: For thousands of years the Mississippi River has been the lifeblood of the heartland of the United States. Through ice ages and droughts, the river has seen the arrival of humans and the extinction of species. The Missouri History Museum, located in St. Louis’ Forest Park, has opened a new 6,000-square-feet special exhibit that explores the rich heritage of the famous river.

Mighty Mississippi puts the grandeur of North America’s greatest river in context with the cultures that have grown and thrived around it, from the largest and most influential American Indian centers of the Mississippian period; to the vast European and Indian fur trade networks that forever changed the continent; to the steamboats, factories and immigration of the Industrial Age.

The story of survival along one of the earth’s greatest watersheds is told through more than 200 artifacts, many dating back over 1,000 years. The Missouri History Museum drew from the impressive collections of the Missouri Historical Society in developing Mighty Mississippi. The Missouri Historical Society houses and cares for one of the largest collections of intact Mississippian artifacts in the country. The exhibit features the largest display of Mississippian artifacts shown at the Missouri History Museum in three decades.

Mighty Mississippi is open NOW through April 18, 2021, at the Missouri History Museum. Admission is free. Bank of America is the presenting sponsor. Additional support provided by JSM Charitable Trust.

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