Pascagoula maritime museum starts work on building
PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Work has started on building the Mississippi Maritime Museum in Pascagoula.
The Mississippi Press reported that the first phase involves renovating the band hall of the former Pascagoula High School into a 3,000 square-foot Maritime Activity Center, to house offices and artifact storage. Another 3,000 square feet will be used for training and hands-on projects for local students.
The second phase calls for renovating another former high school building into an interim museum. Officials hope to build a permanent museum on Lowry Island featuring the retired USS Ticonderoga, a guided missile cruiser built and based in Pascagoula.
State legislators agreed to borrow $100,000 to help fund the museum as part of the bond bill they passed this year.