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Oren Dunn - Tupelo's City Museum

MUSEUM is a Latin word meaning “muse,” which means “to think.” At the Oren Dunn City Museum, you will find a place to think, explore, discover, & learn. We have one mission: “to collect & preserve the history & heritage of Tupelo, Lee County, & Northeast Mississippi; & to engage & to educate in an enriching & entertaining manner.

What does a visit to the Oren Dunn City Museum mean to you? You will learn about the history of a people and a place that weaves a story tapestry of what community is all about. Come visit the Oren Dunn City Museum & learn why Tupelo is a city of firsts: the first “All-American TVA City” & how Lee County had the very first library bookmobile in the state of Mississippi. Prepare to be enchanted!

The Oren Dunn Collection

Located in Tupelo, Mississippi, Oren Dunn City Museum boasts an eclectic representation of our region’s history. Our main facility houses permanent exhibits from fossils found in the region, early European settlement of Northeast Mississippi, the statehood of Mississippi, to Civil War years. In addition, the museum provides a detailed interpretation of the development of modern day Lee County, with Tupelo as its county seat, as well as a working model railroad depicting Tupelo, circa 1940.

Our outside village is a life-size collection of regional history: an original 1870 Dogtrot cabin, the Spark’s one-room chapel and one-room school dated from the late 1800’s, a functioning Blacksmith shop, a Memphis streetcar turned into “Dudie’s Diner, two 1940 era fire trucks, a Frisco caboose, & the Lee County Bookmobile.

Our seasonal gallery is home to various exhibits and events throughout the year, sure to please everyone! Come see why visitors say, “We made history at the Oren Dunn City Museum!”