In the fall of 2014, Kim Bowers, Kimberly Denison, and Elizabeth Vise Wilson, recognizing the positive educational and economic impact that would result for the East Mississippi community, began researching the possibility of bringing a high quality children’s museum to Meridian. In the spring of 2015, these volunteers reached out to the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) for professional guidance because of MCM’s similar community-driven development, proven track record of success, dedication to high quality, and unwavering commitment to Mississippi’s children.
As discussions progressed, MCM’s leadership determined that the possibility existed for this proposed Meridian children’s museum developing as an extension location of the Mississippi Children’s Museum. MCM’s board formed an exploratory partnership with the Meridian volunteers to conduct a feasibility study which was completed in Fall 2015. This study revealed an overwhelming groundswell of community support for this project. In January 2016, MCM’s board of directors voted unanimously to move forward to establish the Mississippi Children’s Museum-Meridian.
As Mississippi’s only statewide children’s museum, MCM is dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of children throughout all of Mississippi. From MCM’s very inception, it was recognized that it would be imperative to reach outside of the museum’s physical walls in Jackson to have the greatest impact. The Mississippi Children’s Museum-Meridian offers an unprecedented opportunity to collaborate with Meridian and East Mississippi to build a resource for this community where children from all backgrounds will be able to discover and achieve their potential.