Get down to the nuts and bolts of how people make things! This summer at MCM learn all about how objects are cut, molded, deformed and assembled at the How People Make Things summer exhibit. The exhibit will be open to the public in the Gertrude C. Ford Exhibition Hall from June 7 through September 14.
How People Make Things, inspired by the factory tour segments from the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television series, offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects using four manufacturing processes – molding, cutting, deforming and assembly. Visitors will be able to create a box from a piece of cardboard with a die cutter, carve a block of wax with a 3-axis mill, assemble parts of an actual golf cart and make a replica of the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood trolley.
In How People Make Things, children will interact with real-world jobs and factory operations. Throughout this summer children will be able to participate in activities that are based on real-world problems and opportunities, like cleaning up an oil spill or planning a city. All activities are included in museum admission.
Learn how people make things this summer at MCM. Sponsors for this year’s traveling exhibit are Trustmark, Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Mississippi Development Authority, Division of Tourism.
Join us all month long as we celebrate our members. Every Saturday, there will be a member spotlight! Visit the museum for your chance to be featured and win a special prize from Louis LeFleur’s Trading Post.
On Saturday, September 27, all members will receive an exclusive gift themed from our first fall traveling exhibit, Zoom into Nano!
All year long, members can enjoy free admission into the museum, 10% discount in Louis LeFleur’s Trading Post, Red Rocket Cafe’ and more! Click here to join today!
Jerry L. Jenkins will be drumming up excitement for visitors at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) this September. Jenkins uses the West African djembe drum, a traditional instrument of the Malinke people of West Africa, to teach children creative writing and literacy skills.
The innovative use of rhythms and storytelling will encourage children to connect to literacy and language development through the arts. MCM’s Visiting Artist program provides children opportunities to create and explore a variety of authentic art tools, techniques and processes in a dedicated studio space. Artists engage actively with museum visitors and share their creative processes with the public. MCM’s Visiting Artist program is sponsored in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission.
The museum will be closed Monday, September 15 through Thursday, September 18 for our annual Fall Fix-Up. During this time, we will be repairing, painting and cleaning the museum to get it into tip-top shape for visitors this fall. The museum depends on the generous support from corporate and community volunteers to assist with this effort.
We are looking for community and corporate volunteers to assist with this effort. If you would like to volunteer for any of the days during the closing, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Sara Hart Fellows at email@example.com or 601.709.8976.
MCM will reopen on Friday, September 19 at 9:00 a.m. for regular business.
Follow the yellow brick road for a night of adventure in the Land of Oz! The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) Partners will host their fourth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 20 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dress up as your favorite character from this classic tale, and enjoy meeting Dorothy and the gang on your way to the Emerald City.
Tickets are $25 per person and $30 per person at the door. Click here to purchase your tickets!
Fall Festival, in its fourth year, is hosted by MCM Partners, a group of volunteers and donors who are committed to supporting and raising money for the museum. The event raises funds to support the mission of the museum to provide unparalleled experiences that ignite a thirst for discovery, knowledge and learning in all children.
Partners, please remember to sign up for a volunteer position.
You can also participate in a “Chance to Win” Raffle. Click here to purchase a Chance to Win raffle ticket. Each raffle ticket is $20. If you purchase 5 raffle tickets, you receive a FREE raffle ticket. You must indicate which package you want the free raffle ticket to be put toward. The raffle tickets will also be sold at the event. You do not need to be present to win.
Discover what the world looks like up close in Zoom Into Nano! The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) will have our first fall exhibit opening Saturday, September 27.
Zoom Into Nano provides children with an opportunity to discover the ins and outs of nanotechnology by providing hands-on interaction with things that are too small to see with the human eye. Visitors can engage in nanoscale science, including building a giant carbon nanotube, stretching a molecule or looking inside a butterfly wing!
This interactive exhibit introduces children to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM.) MCM strives to provide Mississippi’s children with access to quality STEM-based experiences designed to foster vital learning and life skills. For more information about our STEM initiative, click here. This exhibit will only be available from September 27 –January 4, so don’t miss out on this awesome experience!