Tours and Special Programs

Guided ToursThe Old Capitol Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Brochures to direct visitors through the building are available free of charge (and may also be viewed online here), and guided tours are available by request. School field trips or any groups of ten or more should contact the museum in advance to book tours.


The Old Capitol Museum offers a guided tour of the building for adult groups by reservation. The hour-long tour covers the construction of the building as the statehouse, its architect and caretakers, and the many ways in which it has been used, with emphasis on the House, Senate, and Supreme Court chambers and the governor's office.


These programs, except Little Learners, are appropriate for students in fourth grade or higher.

A Landmark for Little Learners

This pre-K through third grade program and activity allows "Little Learners" to experience the grandeur and awe of the Old Capitol.

Black Mississippians: Road to the Vote

Students will learn the nineteenth-century political history of black Mississippians, which set the stage for the modern civil rights movement. Topics covered include slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the 1868 and 1890 Mississippi Constitutions.

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Directing Democracy: Mississippi's Elected Officials

This program examines the roles of state elected officials and the process by which they are elected. Students will learn about the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, the state legislature, and more.

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It's All Greek (Revival) to Me!

This program provides an in-depth view of the rich and fascinating architecture of the Old Capitol. When completed, students will be masters of Greek Revival architecture and be able to identify various elements.

Metropolis Makers

This program focuses on town planning which allows students to work together to plan and create a town using geography, history, and their own imagination.

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"Thorns and Troubles Innumerable": The Civil War in Mississippi

Students will learn about Mississippi's role in the Civil War. Topics discussed include slavery, secession, military actions, and the consequences of rebellion.

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To book tours for school groups or any groups of ten or more, contact Connie R. Michael at 601-576-6902 or by email. A teacher's resource guide is available as a supplement to tours.