Two Museums…One Mississippi

Exhibit Design Team for MMH

In October 2011, requests for proposals for exhibit design of the Museum of Mississippi History (MMH) and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (MCRM) were sent to over seventy exhibit design firms nationwide and advertisements were placed in The Clarion-Ledger newspaper and website. Twenty-eight firms submitted proposals for exhibits for one or both museums.  MDAH staff, DFA staff, and representatives from both the Governor’s Office and the MCRM Advisory Commission evaluated the proposals.  The top four firms for each project were brought in for on-site presentations and interviews in November 2011.  After a last round of evaluation, Hilferty and Associates was chosen for the Civil Rights Museum and Design Minds for the Museum of Mississippi History. Learn more about the Design Minds team here.

Design Minds

Based in Fairfax, Virginia, Design Minds was founded in 1998. They have planned and designed exhibitions for many museums and institutions, including:

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum (Abilene, Kansas)
  • George C. Marshall Museum (Lexington, Virginia)
  • National Archives and Records Administration, Southeast Region (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Knight Museum and Sandhills Center (Alliance, Nebraska)
  • West Virginia Department of Culture and History Independence Hall (Wheeling, West Virginia)
  • U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum (Fort Jackson, South Carolina)


Northern Light Productions

Design Minds will work with Northern Light Productions for the multimedia components of the Museum of Mississippi History. Northern Light has produced interactive exhibits and video for:

  • Louisiana State Museum (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, Alabama)
  • Oklahoma Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
  • Vicksburg National Military Park (Vicksburg, Mississippi)

Design Minds has brought in PPI Consulting and Available Light as the audiovisual/systems and lighting consultants respectively.

PPI Consulting

PPI Consulting’s credentials include audiovisual installations for:

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum (Abilene, Kansas)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.)


Available Light

Available Light’s credentials include lighting designs for:

  • The New England Aquarium (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History (Washington, D.C.)