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Can You Find the Secret Location of Mississippi’s Tiniest Museum? | Frommer's Hattiesburg Pocket Museum

Can You Find the Secret Location of Mississippi’s Tiniest Museum?

Here's all you'll get in the way of an address for a new museum in Hattiesburg, Mississippi: It's in an alley downtown.

Billed as the state's tiniest showcase for collections "of all types from the whimsical . . . to the macabre," the Hattiesburg Pocket Museum is a four-shelf cabinet of curiosities housed in the window of a formerly boarded-up storeroom. 

The Hattiesburg Convention Commission, which dreamed up the project, keeps the museum's exact location a secret to encourage visitors to explore the walkable downtown district of this historic city, located about 70 miles north of the state's Gulf Coast. 

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While you're walking around, you'll encounter peaceful parks, important sites in the state's African American history, and a growing arts scene. 

The Pocket Museum is part of that: Its quirky displays, which change each month, are designed to "inspire, delight, and intrigue" those who discover the spot. The first exhibit, in August, was dedicated to Swiss Army knives; September was all about rubber ducks. 

For October, things got creepy with a series of vignettes evoking twisted crimes—think tiny old-timey dental tools a demented doctor could use to wreak mayhem. 

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It's not just the museum window that invites lingering. The surrounding alleyway is decorated with murals and dotted with little surprises, including nine ceramic cat figurines and a family of inch-high plastic people (the kind that live on model train sets) having adventures on ledges and in crevices of brick buildings. 

 
 
 
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If you're interested in getting in on the fun other than as a spectator, you can submit your own collection for consideration as a future monthly exhibit at the Pocket Museum. After all, your stash of potato chips that look like the Virgin Mary must be seen.

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Guidelines for submissions from the public are at the Hattiesburg Convention Commission website. The curator told the Washington Post that exhibits are already planned through September 2021.  

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