The mission of Oren Dunn City Museum is “to collect, preserve, and exhibit the diverse history and heritage of Tupelo, Lee County, and Northeast Mississippi; and to engage and educate in an enriching and entertaining manner.” The museum was founded in 1984 by Curator Oren Dunn. He was successful in obtaining our current location in exchange that he receive $1 per year salary. He was no stranger to requesting donations from local businesses and individuals, thus the Tupelo City Museum was formed. Oren Dunn passed away in 1995 from a heart attack. The museum's name was changed shortly after to the Oren Dunn City Museum. We have an eclectic representation of artifacts from northeast Mississippi. We interpret the broad history of Tupelo, beginning with native fossils, to the Chickasaw nation and its impact upon our region. We have an original "Dogtrot" house built in 1870, the same year Tupelo became incorporated.Use our Tupelo travel app to arrange your visit to Oren Dunn City Museum and other attractions in Tupelo.
Our museum staff is eager to assist you in connecting with your past through exhibits, interpretation, and programs. This is your official invitation to "make history at Oren Dunn City Museum!"
Oren Dunn City Museum reviews
It's normally only a few dollars entrance fee and closed on weekends but we visited during the Dudie Burger Festival so it was free. There's quite a lot packed in the space with an interesting model..... more »
I've visited the Oren Dunn Museum many times and always find something new that I've missed. If you are traveling through Tupelo and love history, stop here. And who knows? You might even catch a..... more »
It's a great little museum that has local history. A cool early scaled model of the city is a highlight as is the outdoor cabin, old diner, and caboose. Not expensive and a fun way to spend a few hours in Tupelo. Right next to Ballard Park.
I took my grandson so he could learn more about Tupelo history. We had so much fun. Tupelo has changed so much since I grew up. He enjoyed the displays and pictures. Now when we drive down a street, he asks what used to be there.
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