DeSoto County is home to several history-rich museums.
Visit the interactive American Contract League Museum in Horn Lake, home to the world's largest collection of bridge memorabilia related to the game of bridge, including trophies, videos and other artifacts.
Stroll through the history of DeSoto County at the DeSoto County Museum in Hernando, where you will discover artifacts from 1541 to the present. From early Native Americans, Hernando DeSoto disvovering the Mississippi River, Civil War battles to modern day celebrities like John Grisham and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Don't miss walking through the history of Olive Branch at the Olive Branch City Hall Museum.
American Contract Bridge League Museum
6575 Windchase Blvd, Horn Lake
Open Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm
The museum is a must see, especially for bridge playing enthusiasts. Free admission.
The ACBL Museum is not only the premier collection of bridge-related artifacts in the world, it’s also an interactive showcase of the history of the game. From Vanderbilt to Culbertson to Goren to the modern era, bridge comes alive with photos, videos, art, instructional material and more.
The spectacular collection of national championship trophies must be seen to be believed. Touch-screen technology allows visitors to research the history and previous winners of each trophy.
The Bridge Hall of Fame display includes hundreds of photos of the top names in the game, and the biographies of each inductee are easily viewed with the touch of a digital button.
The Joan Schepps Collection of Trump Indicators is an homage to the early days of the game featuring 600 colorful pieces.
In addition to these highlights, visitors to the ACBL Museum will find dozens of other fascinating items.
For more information, visit www.acbl.org.
DeSoto County Museum
111 East Commerce Street, Hernando
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Email: info [at] desotomuseum [dot] org
The museum provides education programs, as well as exhibits on the history of DeSoto County from past to present, showcasing artifacts and exhibits featuring the history of DeSoto County, Mississippi.
Artifacts and displays begin with the arrival of Hernando DeSoto and his contact with the native inhabitants of Mississippi. Displays continue through the riverboat days with a working model of a paddlewheel boat. Other exhibits feature the parlor of an antebellum mansion and artifacts from the Civil War. Key events in the agricultural, recreational, and social development of DeSoto County are also on display. Events in the African-American community are also featured in the museum.
Also on the museum property is an 1840's restored log cabin. Free Admission.
Olive Branch City Hall Museum
Olive Branch City Hall
9200 Pigeon Roost Road, Olive Branch
Open Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
The museum is located on the first floor, inside City Hall. Citizens of Olive Branch have donated documents, photographs and artifacts recounting the history of Olive Branch and its early settlers.