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About the Project

 
 

Opening Spring of 2021!

BY THE NUMBERS

BUILDING – 25,000 square feet
INTERIOR EXHIBITS – 10,000 square feet
EXTERIOR EXHIBITS – 25,000 square feet
VISITATION – 51,000 estimated visitors per year
BUDGET – $17 Million


EARLY EXHIBIT CONCEPTS

Working from current educational and child development research, children’s museums combine specific learning objectives with play in informal learning environments.  For the Mississippi Children’s Museum – Meridian, we envision a space that will reflect Meridian and East Mississippi and will incorporate all five of MCM’s educational initiatives.

The museum’s five exhibit galleries will focus on health and nutrition, literacy, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).  Aspects of the cultural arts and East Mississippi heritage will be incorporated throughout.

My Best Me: Health and nutrition-based

Around My Town: STEM-based

Wonderbox: STEM-based maker space/tinkering lab

My Storybook Factory: Literacy-based

My Fantastical Backyard: 25,000 square foot outdoor exhibit space


THE LOCATION

The site of the Mississippi Children’s Museum – Meridian campus will be located at 403 22nd Avenue, Meridian, MS, formerly a Sears department store. This location will be an easily accessible community convener for early childhood learning in East Mississippi.


THE BUILDING

MCM-Meridian is dedicated to providing a safe and engaging space for children, families, and educators. Grounded in a well-established pedagogy, the MCM-Meridian facility and exhibits will reflect East Mississippi and combine specific learning objectives with hands-on play. Early conceptual designs present a vision of what this space could be with the needed financial support.

MCM-Meridian has contracted with Wier Boerner Allin Architecture, a Mississippi architectural firm, to design a new state of the art facility on the property. Principle Jack Allin is spearheading the design process. Jack is a Mississippi native who received his bachelor’s from Mississippi State University and has trained in New York City, Atlanta, and Birmingham with extensive experience designing schools as well as branded institutions.

Check out the latest construction progress video

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