TTW Museum

The Agnes Zaiontz Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum and Intermodal Learning Center highlights the uniqueness of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway with its extensive lock and dam system, as well as incorporates artifacts and information from rail and highway transportation. It is the networking of the three modes that is vital to the region’s vibrant economy. Visitors to the museum include tourists, school groups, researchers, citizens, and families, along with civic and cultural groups. From time to time special programs are offered.

Originally known as the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum, the museum was the beloved project of Agnes Zaiontz, the long-time office manager of the Tenn-Tom Waterway. Miss Agnes realized that there was a great deal of the waterway’s history that needed to be preserved and presented, and the TTW Transportation Museum was born. Miss Agnes was the driving force of nature in making her dream a reality. She obtained grants and other donations to have it built; collected artifacts, photos, documents and more; helped design the layout of the facility and ran the day-to day operations, often leading tours through the museum, herself. The museum was incorporated in 2006.

In early 2019 Miss Agnes was both surprised and honored when the museum’s board of directors all voted (in secret) to change the name of the museum to The Agnes Zaiontz Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum as a way to honor the hard work and dedication she had given to her pet project. Sadly, just a few months later, Miss Agnes passed away, making the timing of the name-change even more poignant. We are proud honor the enduring legacy of such an amazing woman.

The museum is headquartered in the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority building.

318 7th Street North
Columbus, MS

Monday – Thursday
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am 2:00 pm

By appointment (662-328-3286 or 662-231-9854)



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