Ground Zero Hurricane Museum.

Ground Zero Hurricane Museum

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Waveland, Mississippi

The Ground Zero Hurricane Museum opened in 2016 -- in the only public building in Waveland that was not completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. A 32-foot-high wall of water crashed into town, killing 38. Though the hurricane is forever linked to the urban devastation in New Orleans, Waveland is generally accepted as the point where Katrina packed its strongest punch.

Ground Zero Hurricane Museum.

The museum building took 11 years to be made habitable again. High winds tore off the supposedly hurricane-proof roof, and the storm surge pushed the floorboards up from below into steeply angled ramps. Most of the doors, and all of the windows, vanished. The eight-foot-high waterline, marked with red tape along the central hallway, is far above most people's heads.

Ground Zero Hurricane Museum

335 Coleman Ave., Waveland, MS
From Central Ave. turn south at the blinker light onto Coleman Ave. Museum will be on right, just past the public library, in a brick building.
Tu, F-Sa 10-3 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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