Tupelo, MS Culture Overview

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Tupelo's many community arts programs and historic attractions engage and educate visitors and residents.

Tupelo's Civil War Battlefields

See where Confederate forces led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest earned a significant victory over Union troops at Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield, just 15 miles north of Tupelo near Baldwyn. The Brices Crossroad’s Visitors and Interpretive Center allows guests to learn more about the conflict through informative exhibits and recovered artifacts from the battlefield.

Located nearby is the Tupelo National Battlefield, where Confederate troops under Forrest were defeated a short time later in the Battle of Tupelo. This battlefield is the last place Forrest’s famous cavalry troops would fight Union forces during the Civil War.

Tupelo’s Museums

Tupelo Automobile Museum packs a diverse collection of classic cars into its 120,000 square feet of exhibition space, making it one of the biggest car museums in North America. Cars on display include an 1886 Benz to the 1976 Lincoln Mark IV that Elvis Presley gave to a Denver police captain.

Meanwhile, the history of Tupelo and its surrouding area comes alive in exhibits and artifacts at the Oren Dunn City Museum. The museum's permanent displays convey the stories of early European settlement, Mississippi statehood and the Civil War.

Love art and historical architecture? Visit the GumTree Museum of Art, located in a downtown Beaux Arts building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The GumTree hosts high-quality art exhibitions, workshops, lectures and many more events for the public.

Celebrating Mississippi Artists

To view works by dozens of Mississippi artists, look no further than 122 Main Street in downtown Tupelo, the location of the new Caron | Prince Art Gallery. Named for its owners, Kim Caron and Ashley Prince, the gallery showcases works by established and emerging artists in all types of media, from oil and acrylic paintings and photography to pottery and handmade jewelry.

Theater and Ballet

Tupelo Community Theatre, which calls the Lyric Theatre home, presents variety of regular-season performances and special events.

The Tupelo Ballet performs several full-length productions, including shows such as The Nutcracker and Don Quixote, from September through March. The organization also sponsors the performances of guest artists and other professional companies throughout the year.

Learn more about the arts in Tupelo, MS.

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