Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum; credit James Patterson/MDAH

Jackson General Attractions

Mississippi Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: The world’s largest art collection by and relating to Mississippians, including holdings from its culturally diverse heritage, particularly 19th and 20th century American landscape paintings, Southern photography and folk art, pre-Columbian ceramics and Oceanic art. Museum Store and Gallery are on the premises. Guided tours are available.
ADMISSION: Adults $5, Age 60+ $4, Students 6-College $3, Age 5 and under Free
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 201 East Pascagoula Street, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-960-1515

Museum of Mississippi History
DESCRIPTION: Opened 9 December 2017, the museum encourages people to explore and appreciate the state’s history by presenting rich and complex stories. The best part is that it illustrates how a shared past influences our future together. The museum explores over 15,000 years of state history with thousands of historic and innovative exhibits, educational programs, and hundreds of artifacts. Main galleries are The First Peoples 13,000BC-AD 1518, Cultural Crossroads 1519-1798, Joining the United States 1799-1832, Cotton Kingdom 1833-1865, Bridging Hardship 1928-1945, Forging Ahead 1946-Present, and Reflections. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum open on a date coincident with the state’s bicentennial.
ADMISSION: Adults $6, Students $3, Age 5 and under Free; for large groups of up to 200 people, reservations are encouraged.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 201 East Pascagoula Street, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-960-1515

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
DESCRIPTION: One of the oldest symphony orchestras in the US and continues today with a full season of Bravo Events and Pops Events. MSO reaches out to communities to offer educational programs and collaborations with other organizations, bringing Mississippians the finest in musical experiences.
DAYS & HOURS: call for schedule
ADDRESS: 201 East Pascagoula Street, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-960-1565

Mynelle Gardens
DESCRIPTION: From a simple garden started over a half-century ago, Mynelle Gardens stands today as a botanical wonderland. Strolling through the manicured grounds and fragrant gardens affords floral visits year round.
DAYS & HOURS: Mar 1-Oct 31 Mon-Sun 9a-5:15p, Nov 1-Feb 28 Mon-Sat 8a-4:15p, Sun Noon-4:15p
ADMISSION: $5 and under
ADDRESS: 4736 Clinton Blvd, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-960-1894

Old Capitol Museum
DESCRIPTION: African, Native-American and European cultures from 1500-1800 are featured in the gallery’s exhibits and highlight the complexity of interaction between these cultures and their contributions to Mississippi. A National Historic Landmark and one of America’s finest examples of Greek Revival public architecture, the Old Capitol building served as state capitol from 1839 to 1903, housing such notable events as the passage of the Ordinance of Secession, a major spark for the Civil War. Restored from 1959 to 1961 for use as the state historical museum. The Civil Rights Exhibit is the US first permanent exhibit of the Civil Rights Movement and contains film footage, documents, photographs, posters and artifacts pertaining to Civil Rights in Mississippi. The Old Capitol also showcases exhibits of Mississippi from prehistory through the Civil War, Reconstruction, the cotton culture. The gift shop sells folk art, crafts and books. Guided tour available.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 8a-5p, Sat 9:30a-4:30p, Sun 12:30p-4:30p
ADDRESS: 100 South State Street, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-359-6920

New Stage Theatre
DESCRIPTION: This venue presents musicals, drama, children’s theatre and new works. Founded in 1965 with a seating capacity of 364, New Stage produces a critically-acclaimed season of plays ranging from musicals to children’s theatre, to comedies, to cutting-edge drama, including new works offered through the Eudora Welty New Play Series.
BOX OFFICE: 2 hours before show
ADDRESS: 1100 Carlisle Street, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-948-3533

Mississippi Crafts Center – Natchez Trace
DESCRIPTION: A retail outlet of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi also serves as Natchez Trace Visitor Center. Built on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway in 1975, its a showplace of both traditional and contemporary folk arts and crafts of our state. Informative exhibits and live demonstrations involve visitors in the artist process. It has Choctaw Indian crafts to fine pewterware handcrafted by Mississippi artisans. On Saturdays from March – October, craftsmen demonstrate their techniques from Choctaw Indian basketry to wood carving to quilting and weaving.
ADMISSION: Free or small fee
DAYS & HOURS: 9a-5p daily
ADDRESS: 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-856-7546

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