Mardi Gras Museum to usher in Carnival Season

Biloxi’s Mardi Gras Museum, where every day is Fat Tuesday, will hold its annual open house Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. with entertainment by Owen McPeek and Biloxi Jazz.

Visitors to the open house also will be able to enjoy free champagne, King cake, and free tours of the museum, which is in downtown Biloxi near Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant.

“This open house is becoming a Mardi Gras tradition for many people, and it’s growing every year,” said Sheri Munter, city museums manager. “It’s a great chance to people to start getting into the Mardi Gras spirit.”

The Mardi Gras Museum, which is operated by the City of Biloxi, traces the 300-year history of local Carnival through displays of actual costumes, vintage photographs and other memorabilia. The museum’s regular hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission is $2 for adults or $1 for seniors and students, with group rates available by calling 435-6245.