Oren Dunn City Museum – Tupelo, MS

Located on West Main Street in the James L. Ballard Park
Hours:  Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday hours are 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. (March – October). Closed on Monday.

The Oren Dunn City Museum is home to a wonderful collection of historic buildings and Tupelo history. The late Oren F. Dunn, founder of the museum, was an avid history buff and storyteller. His goal was to chronicle the region’s history; the museum continues his mission today.

The museum is housed in a 1937 dairy barn. Its collection focuses primarily on Tupelo and Northeastern Mississippi history. The museum highlights include: Chickasaw Indians, Early Pioneer Settlement, 1936 Tornado, and Tupelo Agriculture and Industry. The outside village is host to three original dwellings: an 1870’s dogtrot house, a one room school and a one room chapel. The village is also home to a Frisco Caboose and replica train depot, 1940 and 1941 Tueplo Fire Trucks, the 1949 Lee County Bookmobile, and Dudie’s Diner, a Memphis streetcar turned into a famous local eatery.

The museum hosts several temporary exhibits and traveling exhibits each year: African American History and the Annual Holiday Toy Exhibit. Annual events include the Dudie Burger Festival, Living History Days, and Fall Festival.