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Oren Dunn City Museum

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Address: 689 Rutherford Road, Tupelo, MS 38801
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+1 662-841-6438
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00

Housed in a 1937 dairy barn, Oren Dunn City Museum offers a unique view...

Housed in a 1937 dairy barn, Oren Dunn City Museum offers a unique view into our region's past. The museum's collection reflects the local and regional history of Tupelo and northeast Mississippi, focusing mainly on major milestones of agriculture, industry and local memorabilia. Examples include: the 1864 Civil War Battle of Harrisburg, the 1936 Tupelo Tornado, Hospital on the Hill, and a 1940's era model railroad of downtown Tupelo. In addition to the our permanent exhibits, Oren Dunn City Museum hosts seasonal exhibits, including but not limited to, the Annual Holiday Toy Exhibit in conjunction with the Lighting of the Museum and the Fossil Road Show & Geology Exhibit. We host two festivals each year: the Dudie Burger Festival, the first Saturday in May, and the Dogtrot Festival, the third Saturday in October. We host annual programs including Museum Summer Camp and Living History Days. Although the museum is closed on Saturdays, we provide special Saturday programming throughout the year. Check us out on the Oren Dunn City Museum Facebook page.

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World Class Military Collection

Attached to the Oren Dunn Museum is a private military collection displayed in a connected building. We were greeted by Tony Lute, the curator/owner who made it come alive. Tony... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attached to the Oren Dunn Museum is a private military collection displayed in a connected building. We were greeted by Tony Lute, the curator/owner who made it come alive. Tony, as he asked us to call him, is an Army Veteran who started collecting while in his teens! Beginning with the Civil War and covering every major US involvement in... More 

1 Thank cslate0317
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

There are many, many artifacts to see. A great look into our past. I took a 4 yr old, 9 yr old, 10 yr old, and an 11 yr old. We all enjoyed our time at the museum.

Thank Talitha S
Wharton, Texas
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

If you have any interest whatsoever in the history of Lee County and how life was over the past centuries, this is the place to visit.

Thank bu67
Fulton, Mississippi
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

I recently went with my son on a school field trip. Everything was very interesting and there was a lot to see. The Veterans museum was awesome! Tony was very informative and kept everyone's attention. You definitely need more than 20 - 30 minutes to see everything in the Veterans museum. I plan on going back one day when I... More 

Thank Kim R
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

We spent one night in Tupelo and had a couple of hours to fill before leaving. So glad we went to the Veterans Museum! The collection of America's Wars is staggering and the curator obviously is an expert! We could have spent several hours there, and would have, if possible. I have never seen so much history in one room!... More 

Thank glinda207
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Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Tony was so sweet and very informative. I like all the props in the museum. I hope to go back to visit. Kristen W.

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Franklinton, Louisiana
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Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

My hubby and I took a road trip to Tupelo and we did go to this place !! The gentlemen working there were nice and very informative !! The park was awesome we didn't walk around but it looked very nice !! Maybe next time !!

Thank Jacqueline P
Rae M, Manager at Oren Dunn City Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for stopping by! We love to hear from our visitors. More 

Stewart, Mississippi
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

This stop was very nice! To start off, admission for adults is only 8.00. Also, right next to the museum is a neat little pond with a walking track and a playground (perfect if you and kids have been cooped up in a vehicle/it's free!). The museum itself has interesting random things in the front part and war related items... More 

Thank Jami P
LaPlace, Louisiana
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

Small charge for front museum. First building has memorabilia of the history of Tupelo as well as Louisiana. Back building is loaded with many amazing pieces from Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam etc. Truly interesting to see! Mr Troy was very helpful in answering questions on the different pieces that he has been collecting for years. No charge for war... More 

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 20 September 2014

If you have a little time and want to see some different things from old Tupelo, it is worth a visit. They have an interesting model train running, some old fire trucks, an old diner, and a small room with old medical and dental equipment that is scary/fascinating. Though not connected to Tupelo, there is a wonderful collection of Hollywood... More 

1 Thank John J

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