Best museums for families in Mississippi
Explore art, science, history and the birthplace of the king of rock and roll at museums across the Magnolia State.
Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum
Visit the king of rock and roll's humble beginnings at the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum. Tour the home where Elvis was born, see where his mother bought his first guitar and stop by other buildings from his childhood including the church he attended. Inside the museum chronicling Elvis' childhood are artifacts, photographs and audiovisual presentations. Experience a part of musical history as you visit where it all began.
Location: 306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Learn about the nature and wildlife of Mississippi at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. There are exhibits, animals and interactive elements to keep you busy as you wander through the indoor and outdoor portions of this huge museum. Get an up-close look at foliage, fauna and wildlife in the greenhouse, aquarium and nature exhibits. You can even hit the trails or make your way through the outdoor maze. Learn about the state's extinct species, endangered species and current species.
Location: 2148 Riverside Drive, Jackson, MS 38202
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Walter Anderson Museum of Art showcases the works of one of the Gulf Coast's most celebrated artists, as well as other unique creative artists. Here you'll find a variety of Walter Anderson's watercolors, drawings, oils, ceramics and carvings. Along with paintings and sculptures from other artists, you can find special presentations and showcases by the museum's artist in residence. Check the museum's calendar for special events like concerts, film viewings and lectures.
Location: 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Mississippi Museum of Art
Gain a greater appreciation for art at the Mississippi Museum of Art, home to more than 3,800 pieces of American art from the mid-19thcentury through the 20thcentury. View paintings, sculptures, photographs and other handmade artifacts from an extensive selection of Mississippi artists. Throughout the year specially selected national and international travelling exhibits find a temporary home here. Take a stroll through the gardens with outdoor art installations and beautiful flowers.
Location: 380 S. Lamar St., Jackson, MS 38201
Mississippi Children's Museum
Learn through doing at the Mississippi Children's Museum. Here you'll find hands-on exhibits focusing on science, technology and state history. Other exhibits focus on health and nutrition, literacy and the arts. Play games, manipulate objects and draw in this creative learning environment. Children and adults will find something new and exciting on each visit as temporary exhibits change throughout the year.
Location: 2145 Highland Drive, Jackson, MS 39202
Bamboo Emu Farm
Who can pass up the opportunity to see emus up-close and personal? Watch as baby emus hatch and grow at this 80-acre farm. Learn about these gentle creatures and see them at play. There's also a gift shop where you can purchase emu products like oils and lotions as well as decorative eggs. Tours are available by appointment only.
Location: 3280 Lakeview Golf Course Road, Meridian, MS 39301
Delta Blues Museum
Learn about the history of the blues and get acquainted with some of its best-known musicians and the region that inspired so many classic blues songs at the Delta Blues Museum. See the impressive collection of artifacts and memorabilia. There are countless musical instruments, photographs, costumes, folk art and paintings to behold. Make sure to check the museum's schedule for live blues performances.
Location: 1 Blues Alley. Clarksdale, MS 38614
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