"The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water--an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically." -Museum on Main Street

LMRF is happy to host the Water/Ways exhibit in Clarksdale this fall.  The Mississippi River runs through the heart of the country and has shaped the landscape and culture of the Delta.  Come visit to learn how water has shaped how and where we live!


Plan Your Trip

Open August 31st- October 13th, 2018


Tuesday-Friday 10 am- 7 pm

Saturday 10 am- 5 pm

To read descriptions of special events   go to our calendar


Quapaw Canoe Company

291 Sunflower Ave

Clarksdale, MS

Group Tours/Field Trips

School and youth groups are invited to attend during the exhibit. Field trips include a guided tour of the exhibit as well as hands-on lesson about the history and ecology of the Mississippi River. Call or email to schedule your trip.

Special Events


Aug 31st 6- 8 pm  Grand Opening   Featuring Music from Super Chikan

Sept 1st  12-1 pm  Spirituality and Rivers  Chinese poet and writer Wang Ping

Sept 8th 12-1 pm  Ebbs and Flows in Mississippi History  MSU History professor Jim Geisen

Sept 15th 12 pm-1 pm  Flood Control on the Big River  Panel discussion on the history and future of flood control

Sept 22nd   Smithsonian Museum Day   Free entry to Delta Blues Museum with Museum Ticket

Sept 22nd 4-5:30 pm  Relay of Voices  Dance and storytelling exhibition

Sept 29th 12- 1 pm  Youth Art Exhibit and Sale  Local youth artwork related to power of water on display

Oct 6th 12 pm - 1 pm   Swimming and Civil Rights  Panel discussion of the role swimming and pools in civil rights

Oct 7th 12 pm - 1 pm  Mississippi River Blues  Exploration of how water led to the formation of the blues culture

Oct 6th and 7th  Sunflower River Paddle Day  Half off canoe, kayak and SUP rentals on the Sunflower River

Oct 13th 9 am-12  River Clean Up and Closing   Give back to the Sunflower and celebrate closing of WaterWays


Special Events- Helena

Sept 8th 2 pm  The Mississippi Flood of 1927  Learn the history of the great flood

Sept 14th-15th  Plein Air Paint Out- Historic Helana Association  Art competition, show and classes

Sept 15th 9 am  Kayak Test Drive  Try out a kayak for free!

Sept 22nd 8 am  Great Arkansas Clean Up  Clean ups in multiple locations.

Sept 23 3 pm  Autumn Kayak Tour  Call to register 870-295-4040

Sept 27th 5 pm  Youth Art Exhibit and Sale  Local youth artwork related to power of water on display

Oct 7th 3 pm  Horner Neck Kayak Tour  Call to register 870-295-4040

Oct 13th-