Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

The MDWFP Museum of Natural Science is located in Jackson, Mississippi, tucked within historic LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. The museum’s vast expanses of glass overlook a 300-acre natural landscape, an open-air amphitheater, and 2.5 miles of nature trails. Inside, meet over 200 living species in our 100,000 gallon aquarium network and explore 73,000 square feet of permanent and temporary exhibits which include deer, waterfowl, fossils, and Mississippi’s endangered species.

Address: 2148 Riverside Dr, Jackson, MS 39202
Phone: (601) 576-6000
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Tuesday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Director: Charles Knight, Charles.Knight@mmns.state.ms.us
Assistant Director: Angel Rohnke, Angel.Rohnke@mmns.state.ms.us

Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture

The Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture is a museum located in Natchez, Mississippi. The museum chronicles the history and culture of African Americans in the southern United States. The museum was first opened in 1991 by the Natchez Association for the Preservation of African American Culture, also known as NAPAC, an organization dedicated to exploring the societal contributions made by people of African origin and descent.

The museum showcases events starting with the incorporation of the City of Natchez in 1716 to the present, using art, photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, and books. Exhibits cover the era of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, 20th Century wars and the Civil rights era. They include Forks of the Road, which was the second largest slave market in the southern United States, and which has received international recognition by the United Nations because of its role in the international slave trade; The Rhythm Nightclub fire, where over 200 African American Natchez citizens died; an exhibit dedicated to the literary works of critically acclaimed author Richard Wright, a Natchez native. The museum also hosts educational events and presentations.

In February 2016, as part of its participation in Black History Month events, the Museum held its inaugural Natchez Hip Hop Summit, with Hip hop music performances and a panel discussion on hip hop in relation to racial identity.

Address: 301 Main Street, Natchez, MS
Phone: (601) 445-0728
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Directors: Darrell White, napacmuseum@cableone.net

HealthWorks! Kids Museum

HealthWorks! North Mississippi, has been infectiously contaminating kids of all ages since 2009. Located in Tupelo, Mississippi, HealthWorks! is the second educational facility of its kind, and the first national full-scale replication of HealthWorks! in South Bend, Indiana.

Developed in partnership between Memorial Health System of Indiana, the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi (HCF) and North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS), HealthWorks! North Mississippi’s inception came about as an extension of NMHS’s goal of improving health in the region. Already funding NMMC School Nurses and School Health Educators in 23 schools throughout Northeast Mississippi, HCF officials in 2002 noted the measurable success of the HealthWorks! model used throughout the Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan region.

Collaborating with regional community leaders on the study and evaluation of the HealthWorks! model, the HCF Board of Directors commissioned Mississippi State University’s Social Science Center (SSRC) to conduct a study to determine the need and interest for a children’s health education center to serve North Mississippi and Northwest Alabama.

Address: 219 S Industrial Rd, Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: (662) 377-5437
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Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Closed

Director – Kathy Tucker, KLTucker@nmhs.net