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Explore the Nature of Mississippi
Overlooking the 302-acre Lefluer’s Bluff State Park, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is a 73,000-square-foot complex containing over 70,000 specimens and an open-air amphitheater that is used for outdoor presentations. Step inside to see the variety of exhibits showcasing the natural landscape of Mississippi, including the 100,000-gallon aquarium and the 1,700-square-foot greenhouse – The Swamp. Wear comfortable shoes for a walk on the 2.5 miles of nature trails and be sure to stop at the Prairie Garden Plot, Wetland Ponds, Fossil Gulch, and the Canopy Bridge.
Head to downtown Jackson and experience the universe in one of the South's largest and best equipped planetariums. The giant hemispheric theater is outfitted with a state-of-the-art 4k full dome digital projection system and will absolutely blow you away. From entertaining feature shows to enriching educational content, you will dive to the depths of the oceans to swim with the fish, travel into the past to roam with dinosaurs, and soar into the heavens to fly right up to the planets and stars.
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
A 73,000-square-foot complex containing over 70,000 specimens, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is located in Jackson in central Mississippi. Established in 1932, the museum overlooks the beautiful 305-acre Lefluer's Bluff State Park, and strives to promote Mississippi's natural landscape.
Step inside to see the variety of exhibits showcasing the natural world, including the 100,000-gallon aquarium and the 1,700-square-foot greenhouse – The Swamp. Wear comfortable shoes for a walk on the 2.5 miles of nature trails, and be sure to stop at the Prairie Garden Plot, Wetland Ponds, Fossil Gulch, and the Canopy Bridge.
The open-air amphitheater is an ideal location for an outdoor presentation, while the Dragonfly Shoppe is a great place to grab a souvenir.
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
Discover a place where learning is fun, along the southern Mississippi coast. Visit the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, located in the 1915 Mississippi City Elementary School in Gulfport. Rose Alman and Carole Lynn Meadows established the center in 1991, in honor of Carole's daughter, Lynn Meadows.
Since its opening, the Discovery Center made the addition of the WINGS Performing Arts & Education Center. Kids love playing in the many exhibits, including: "Kids Street," "What It's Like To Be Me," "The Super Colossal Climbing Sculpture," and "A Matter of Science."