MCM Recognition

Recognition

Recognition

Did you know that the Mississippi Children’s Museum is our state’s largest non-profit early educational institution?

MCM has consistently been recognized for excellence by the Association of Children’s Museums, Trip Advisor, Parents & Kids Magazine, and Mississippi Magazine. We’ve also been named a KidsCount Program of Promise, which recognizes organizations that improve the well-being of children and families.

Boy playing at the Mississippi Children's Museum

Financial Accountability

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU
Accredited Charity: 2008-2019

CHARITY NAVIGATOR
Awarded 4 out of 4-star rating: 2014 – 2019

CHARITY NAVIGATOR (NATIONALLY)
Top 5 rating for all privately funded museums
Top 20 rating for all museums

GUIDESTAR
Platinum Seal of Transparency: 2017, 2019

MISSISSIPPI BUSINESS JOURNAL
Leader in Finance, Sarah Skelton CFO: 2018
Top CEO, Susan Garrard: 2018
Best Attraction in Mississippi: 2019

Tourism

AAA SOUTHERN TRAVELER
Southern Travel Treasure:
Mississippi Children’s Museum, 2011 The Literacy Garden, 2014

MISSISSIPPI TOURISM ASSOCIATION
Travel Attraction of the Year: 2010-2011
Small Festival of the Year: 2018 -Mississippi Science Fest

SOUTHEAST TOURISM SOCIETY
Shining Example Partnership Award: 2019
Top 20 Event – Mississippi Science Fest
(LeFleur Museum District) 2019

VISIT JACKSON
SUMITT Award for Festival of the Year: Mississippi Science Fest: 2020

TRIP ADVISOR
Rated #1 travel attraction for Jackson, MS

National Organizations & Publications

2017 NATIONAL MEDAL FOR MUSEUM & LIBRARY SERVICE FINALIST

ASSOCIATION OF CHILDREN’S MUSEUMS
Featured in Hand-to-Hand, ACM’s nationwide publication
“Square One: Emerging Museum Aims High from the Start,”
Vol. 28, Num. 4, Winter 2014/2015
“Satellites: Yes, No, Maybe,” MCM Meridian;
Vol. 32, Num. 1, Spring 2018
“Brain Day; Breaking It Down” Patti Reiss,
Director of Museum Experiences; Vol. 31, Winter 2018

SOUTHEASTERN MUSEUMS CONFERENCE
2018 Publication Competition: Bronze Medal (The MCM Playbook)

Mississippi Recognition

MISSISSIPPI MAGAZINE | BEST OF MISSISSIPPI AWARDS
Best Attraction for Kids: 2011 – 2020
Best Museum: 2018, 2020
Best New Event: Bunnies and Butterflies 2019
Best Fun Event: Play. Eat. Learn. 2020

THE CLARION LEDGER | BEST OF AWARDS
Best Museum: 2015-2020
Best Tourist Attraction: 2016
Best Family Attraction: 2015, 2016
Best Place to Have a Birthday Party: 2017-2019
Best Non-Profit: 2018

PARENTS AND KIDS MAGAZINE | FAMILY FAVORITES
Favorite Museum for Kids: 2011 – 2014, 2016 – 2020
Favorite Jackson Area Attraction: 2015, 2017- 2019
Favorite Local Source for Games/Toys: 2019, 2020
Favorite Summer Day Camp: 2014, 2018-2020
Favorite In-State Travel Destination: 2018-2020
Favorite Gift Shop: 2018-2019
Favorite Birthday Party Facility or Entertainment: 2018-2020
Favorite Recreational Center: 2019, 2020
Favorite Family Festival/Event(MS Science Fest): 2019, 2020
Favorite Locally Owned Retail Shop: 2020
Favorite Place to visit Santa: 2020

JACKSON FREE PRESS | BEST OF JACKSON
Best Museum: 2012-2020
Best Tourist Attraction: 2012-2016, 2018-2020
Best Kids Clothing/Toys: 2019-2020
Best Kid’s Event: Dr. Seuss Silly Birthday Celebration: 2015-2020
Best Kid’s Hangout: 2017-2018
Best Place to Work: 2019-2020
Best Place to Book a Party or Shower: 2019-2020
Best Community Garden or Nature Attraction: 2020
Best Festival: Mississippi Science Fest: 2020
Best Public Forum or Speaker Series: Play. Eat. Learn. – 2020

MISSISSIPPI KIDS COUNT
Program of Promise, 2013

MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION OF PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
Governor’s Award: 2016