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The Mississippi Museum of Art, 201 E. Pascagoula St. (tel. 601/960-1515; www.msmuseumart.org), includes everything from folk art and photography to pre-Columbian art and American landscapes.

Elsewhere in Jackson, a visit to the Eudora Welty House and Garden, 119 Pinehurst St. (tel. 601/353-7762; www.mdah.state.ms.us/welty/index.html), is a must for literary fans. The late Eudora Welty (1909-2001) was one of Mississippi's most beloved writers and photographers. The Pulitzer Prize winner and her mother, Chestina, lived in the historic Belhaven neighborhood, where they cultivated a backyard flower garden bursting with camellias, roses, iris, jonquils, hyacinths, day lilies, and other perennials. The house is open for tours by reservation only Wednesday through Friday at 9 and 11am and 1 and 3pm. The house itself, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a two-story Tudor Revival-style residence built in 1924. For more information, call tel. 601/353-7762 or e-mail weltytours@mdah.state.ms.us.

History buffs will want to see some of the city's old buildings downtown. The Mississippi State Capitol, 400 High St., is a Beaux Arts beauty that resembles the nation's capitol in Washington, D.C. Free tours are conducted weekdays. Nearby, the Mississippi Governor's Mansion, 300 E. Capitol St. (tel. 601/359-6421), is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture dating from 1841. Free tours are held Tuesday through Friday mornings.

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