Mississippi is home to a number of state-of-the-art museums, pristine parks and engaging learning centers. Students have multiple opportunities to explore the state’s history, musical legacy and uniquely diverse arts and culture.

Mississippi is home to a variety of enlightening museums, and visitors often have a hard time choosing which to see first. The latest museums to open in the state are the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History. They join a long list of renowned museums in preserving and sharing Mississippi’s history and creative arts culture with the world.

Just as important as the history lesson is recess. Play in Mississippi by partaking in the state’s multiple family-friendly offerings, from annual festivals and events to permanent locations of adventure, like state parks and culture centers.

The Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Jackson, Miss.

The Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, which opened in December 2017 in Jackson, invite visitors inside the state’s rich and complex 200-year history. Students have the opportunity to learn and reflect upon the true stories responsible for shaping a state and influencing the world.

The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi

Photo: The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Ridgeland, Miss.
The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Ridgeland, Miss.

The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi in Ridgeland offers students the opportunity to view the works of more than 400 juried state artisans. These one-of-a-kind southern crafts include vivid Choctaw baskets and pottery, old-fashioned quilts, carvings in natural wood and an eclectic array of jewelry. Students also can tap into their inner artisan by participating in the center’s craft classes and demonstrations. 

Mississippi State Fair

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Mississippi State Fair, Jackson, Miss.

In its 159th year, the Mississippi State Fair is a time-honored fall family tradition. For 12 days, the 105-acre fairground is transformed into an exciting amusement park filled with delicious fair food, carnival rides, games, shows and contests. Spectators and participants can find excitement in numerous livestock shows and musical entertainment for all ages from headliner artists. 

Vicksburg National Military Park

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Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Miss.

Visitors to Vicksburg’s National Military Park can take in a history lesson and breathtaking views as they bike along 16 miles of park paths. Cyclists’ views include 1,325 historic monuments and markers, two antebellum homes, 144 emplaced cannons, the restored gunboat USS Cairo and of course, the world-famous Mississippi River.

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