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May 17

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

The SwampThe Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is one of the best museums of its kind around.  Our family enjoyed our visit.  Unlike most natural science museums the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science seems to have as many living animals as dead ones. Other ones that we have visited are just filled with static displays.  Not bad but now that we have seen this our perspective has changed.  While our daughter likes looking at fossils and stuffed animals seeing some of them move brings on a whole new more fulfilling experience.  playing
The largest museum in the state.  The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is gigantic.  Here is just some of its stats: 73,000 square feet of exhibits, 2.5 miles of nature trails, 300 acres of natural landscape, a 100,000-gallon aquarium, and a 1,500 square foot greenhouse.  There is a lot to see and do there.  They also have temporary traveling exhibits.  On our particular visit we got to see “Tiny Titans” an exhibit on dinosaur eggs and babies.  It was really well done and my three-year-old daughter and our resident dinosaur expert loved it. 
Mississippi Museum of Natural ScienceMy wife and I really enjoyed how the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science caters to kids.  From their choice of temporary exhibits to the hands on areas they had.  At some natural science museums kiddos can get a little bored just looking at fossils all the time.  Here, however there seemed to be unlimited options on keeping them entertained.  The aquarium, the swamp area with reptiles and amphibians, the number of prehistoric fossils to look at, and last but not least the nature trails. There was so much to do there. We found the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science to be a great family friendly education place to visit.  Hall of Science
The only thing that could have made it a better visit for us was the weather.  It started to rain just as we were pulling up to the museum.  From what we saw from the windows the outside nature area looked lush and a fun place to take a stroll.  We did enjoy sitting inside and watching the birds come to the many feeders they had up.  But our first and only visit, so far, was a strictly indoor trip.   My family still had a blast.  My favorite part was their “Swamp” an indoor greenhouse filled with amphibians and reptiles in a recreated swamp.  My youngest daughter enjoyed the aquarium.  Watching her fingers and eyes follow the fish, turtles, and frogs dart about was a lot fun.  My wife enjoyed the static displays and the variety they had.  She also enjoyed the short informational signs about the exhibits.  Our oldest wants to know what everything says so sometimes the shorter the better. 
aquarium
Overall, I was really impressed with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.  The admission price was cheap which is great for our growing family.  The exhibits were topnotch.  We enjoyed the great variety and types of exhibits that they had on display.  Definitely a place we would stop again the next time we have to make the drive through Jackson, Mississippi.   

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Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Located at 2148 Riverside Dr. Jackson MS
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8 to 5 Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5 closed all major holidays
Cost as of this Posting: Adults $6 Seniors 60 and over $5 Children 3 to 18 $4
For more information visit their website at
http://www.mdwfp.com/museum.aspx

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