Katrina, Mardi Gras museum in the works for Biloxi

BILOXI — A museum district is on its way to Biloxi with the City Council signing contracts Tuesday for a combined Maritime, Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras museum.

The complex will be built on U.S. 90 in East Biloxi, next to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, which was destroyed by Katrina, will be the largest space on the east side of the new complex. A large deck will connect it to a shared building housing the Katrina Hurricane Museum on the south side and a Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum.

The design by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture was scaled back to meet the city’s $7 million budget set by insurance and FEMA reimbursements. The building can be expanded as funds become available.

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