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Explore over 300 years of history, heritage and culture.


The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum

is pleased to feature the works of 

Professor, Author and Artist 

Pete Melby


The public is invited to the Opening Reception and Book Signing 


Thursday, April 4 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.

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Professor of Landscape Architecture, Pete Melby taught landscape architecture courses at Mississippi State University for 32 years. Through his research, he authored several texts for design of irrigation systems at the request of the landscape contracting industry. Through this collaboration, the team was stimulated to work together evaluating eroding beaches along the Gulf Coast which resulted in the establishment of a salt marsh with native plants creating sand dunes, stabilizing the beaches.


It is this work that inspired Pete Melby to create art depicting the scenes he observed along the beautiful Mississippi Sound as well as pen his suspense novel, “Third in Line”. The protagonist finds herself in the salt marshes and on the offshore fishing beds from New Orleans to Bay St. Louis as she inspects the habitats of the oysters, shrimp and blue crabs of the Gulf Coast. The artwork included in this locally relevant and accurate fictional work was created by none other than the author himself.


Artist, author, and retired educator, Pete Melby is married with two children. He enjoys sharing his wisdom and talent through exhibits, book signing and community engagements. Melby’s art and literary works will be available for purchase during this exhibit.

Daily Tickets & Admission

Our Address:
115 1st Street

Biloxi, MS 39530

Monday-Saturday 9-4:30
Sunday Noon-4 (except Dec.-Feb.)

Rates: Non-Refundable

$10 Adults,

$8 Seniors (60&up)/Military/AAA,

$6 Students(5-15 yrs)

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Guided Tours

We offer guided tours for groups of 20 or more.
Tours can be customized for the needs of your group.


Adults $11
Seniors $9
Students $7
(1 adult free for every 10 students) 

Bus Drivers and Tour Directors are free

Contact Elizabeth Alexander at to plan your tour. 


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 Please contact us at if you have any questions. Thank you!

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Heritage Hall of Fame

    The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum is a place dedicated to preserving the history and impact of the maritime and seafood industry. We offer a wide range of educational and interactive activities, as well as our Heritage Hall of Fame application, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the maritime and seafood industry.

    Our museum is a great way to learn about the impact of the maritime and seafood industry on our society. We are committed to providing a fun and educational experience for all, and look forward to sharing our knowledge and stories with you.
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