VICKSBURG, Miss. -- Tate Reeves, Mississippi Lieutenant Governor, along with Senators Albert Butler, Briggs Hopson, Buck Clarke and Brice Wiggins, visited the Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District's Lower Mississippi River Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Site.

The museum, a two-story, 20,000-square foot building attached to the decommissioned Motor Vessel Mississippi, is located in downtown Vicksburg at 910 Washington Street and will provide visitors with a historic glimpse at life along the river.

The museum will feature tours aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi IV, which is the towboat that was used from the 1960s until 1993 and is now permanently displayed at the downtown location. Visitors will get a glimpse of history through a variety of historical items, interactive displays, and a boat simulator in the pilothouse.

The Engineering Research Development Center (ERDC) is constructing a Mississippi River model which will interpret the stretch of the Mississippi River from Greenville to Vicksburg. The model will be located on the west side of the grounds of the museum building.

The museum will educate and inform visitors about the lower Mississippi River and its relationship to Vicksburg and the lower Mississippi Delta region and is scheduled to open Aug. 24, 2012.