Museum of Mississippi History

Many Stories: Votes for Women: The Southern Story

Learn about the story of the women's suffrage movement in Mississippi with special guest Marjorie J. Spruill, Distinguished Professor Emerita of the University of South Carolina, as we honor Women's History Month in this edition of the #ManyStories Series. Spruill will discuss the legacies of Reconstruction, reforms of the Progressive Era, and the white supremacist attitudes of Mississippi's early suffragettes such as Nellie Nugent Somerville and Carrie Belle Kearney.

MLK Celebration: Free Day

On Monday, January 18, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., admission to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History will be free in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day sponsored by FedEx Corporation. Admission will also include the special exhibit Mississippi Distilled: Prohibition, Piety, & Politics. Face masks and social distancing are required.

State History, Civil Rights Museums Partner with Mississippi Food Network

The Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum announce a Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Mississippi Food Network (MFN). Visitors who donate non-perishable food items from November 24 through December 23 will receive free admission to the Museum of Mississippi History, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and the special exhibit Mississippi Distilled: Prohibition, Piety, and Politics, or a 20% discount at the Mississippi Museum Store. See below for details.

“The museums are committed to helping the community, and we know that food insecurity has historically been a challenge across the state,” said Pamela D.C. Junior, director of the Two Mississippi Museums. “We are proud to work with MFN to bring awareness to this issue.”

“The Coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented increase in the demand for food, statewide,” said Dr. Charles Beady Jr, CEO at the Mississippi Food Network. “In that regard, this tremendous gesture by the Two Mississippi Museums is welcomed, needed, and appreciated. We have seen an increase in the number of Mississippi families, senior citizens, and children who are facing food insecurity, and we expect this number to continue to rise as more families are faced with uncertainty during this time.” 

Suggested donation is five items per person for free admission or a 20% discount on merchandise at the Mississippi Museum Store. Non-perishable items include:

  • Canned meat, such as ham, tuna, chicken, Spam, Vienna Sausage, beef stew, and chicken and dumplings
  • Canned fruit, regular and lite
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Canned soups
  • Boxed stuffing mix
  • Boxed mashed or scalloped potatoes
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Ramen noodles.

Mississippi Food Network has been feeding Mississippians since 1984. MFN distributes more than 1.5 million pounds of food and feeds more than 150,000 every month—or a total of 1.8 million people per year. 

Safety precautions at the museums include requiring all visitors to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines. Masks are available on-site. All public spaces have been sanitized, and thorough cleaning will continue every day. Hand sanitizing stations are provided and staff are on-site to ensure that social distancing guidelines are maintained. A limited number of visitors are allowed inside the museums at one time.

The maximum number of people per group is twenty. Regular museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The museums are open free of charge on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

The museums and the Mississippi Museum Store are located at 222 North Street in Jackson. For more information email info@mdah.ms.gov.

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State History, Civil Rights Museums to Honor Essential Workers with Free Admission

In appreciation of all frontline and essential workers who have saved lives and given their services during the COVID-19 pandemic, admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will be free on Tuesday, November 17, 9 a.m.4 p.m. These individuals include health care workers, teachers, law-enforcement officers, fire fighters, and others. Guests will not be required to provide identification to receive free admission.

Safety precautions at museums include requiring all visitors to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines. Masks are available on-site. All public spaces have been sanitized, and thorough cleaning will continue every day. Hand sanitizing stations are provided and staff are on-site to ensure that social distancing guidelines are maintained. A limited number of visitors are allowed inside the museums at one time. 

Visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets online at tickets.mdah.ms.gov. The maximum number of people per group is twenty. Regular museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.4 p.m. The museums are open free of charge on Sundays from noon4 p.m. The museums are located at 222 North Street in Jackson. For more information, email info@mdah.ms.gov. 

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Artifact Washing Day

Join us at the Two Mississippi Museums on Sunday, November 15, for a day of interactive, hands-on archaeological fun! Work with MDAH Archaeology Collections staff as they clean artifacts excavated in Mississippi. See demonstrations including Atlatl throwing, flint knapping, deer hide shaving, and stickball. Explore Mississippi's earliest stories in a flash tour of archaeological exhibits in the Museum of Mississippi History. Take home a pre-packaged activity bag and create your own handmade pottery and beaded jewelry. This event is free and open to all ages.

Holiday Open House at the Two Mississippi Museums

Join us for the free holiday open house event at the Mississippi Museum Store featuring special discounts on store items for visitors and museum members, raffle prizes, artist and maker meet-and-greet opportunities, and tasty samplings from Nick Wallace Culinary. The popular Possum Ridge model train exhibit will be on display in the Nancy and Ray Neilsen Hall of History. Face masks and social distancing are required. For more information, call 601-576-6921 or email store@mdah.ms.gov.

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