Mississippi Children’s Museum in Meridian celebrates grand opening

The Mississippi Children’s Museum – Meridian (MCMMeridian) hosted a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 25th at its location on 22nd Avenue.

Elected officials, donors, museum board members, and staff joined together
to cut the ribbon in celebration of the museum’s grand opening, which will
take place on Saturday, March 27th.

MCM-Meridian is grateful for the support of over 700 influential donors and
community partners for making the dream of building a state-of-the-art
children’s museum in East Mississippi a reality. Signature donors of the
project include The Phil Hardin Foundation and The Riley Foundation, as well
as support from the State of Mississippi and the City of Meridian.

“When we set out on this journey six years ago, we had big dreams, but I
think it’s safe to say that we have exceeded those dreams. The collective
power of believing that we can change our community is like a flame that
grows brighter and brighter as we join together,” said Liz Wilson, the
executive director of MCM-Meridian.

The museum includes the nation’s first permanent Goodnight Moon exhibit, a
two-story brainiac climber, a library inspired by the Academy Award-winning
short film and children’s book, The Fantastic Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by
William Joyce, a WonderBox tinkering lab, and will soon include a whimsical
25,000 square foot garden inspired by local writer and illustrator, Edgar
Parker. Each gallery is designed based on MCM-Meridian’s educational
initiatives: STEAM, literacy, health and nutrition, and Mississippi heritage.

Museum members will have the opportunity to visit the museum on Friday,
March 26 and the museum will open to the public on Saturday, March 27
from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed between 12 – 1 p.m. for cleaning). Adults must
be accompanied by a child. Tickets must be purchased in advance to reserve
your visit. Visit www.mcmmeridian.org to purchase tickets.

In addition to daily admission, MCM-Meridian offers annual memberships,
birthday parties and facility rentals, traveling exhibits and programs, field
trips, professional development, and will soon offer seasonal camps. You can help MCM-Meridian dream big by volunteering, becoming an MCM-Meridian
Partner, or contribute to the Inspire a Child annual fund.

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