Two Museums…One Mississippi

Museum of Mississippi History Phase One Designs Developed

The first of three design phases for exhibits in the Museum of Mississippi History (MMH) is complete. Exhibit design firm Design Minds presented their initial designs to the MDAH Board of Trustees at a special meeting on June 22.

A sample of text and image panels depicting the Great Depression

Initial designs, or schematic design plans, establish the interpretive blueprint for the exhibits and are the result of historical research, interpretative planning, architectural coordination, and community collaboration. The next phase, design development, fleshes out the storyline established in the first phase with specific names, faces, and facts. Contract documents, the final design phase, are provided to contractors who want to bid on the fabrication of the exhibits.

Design Minds has come up with a plan that organizes Mississippi’s 12,000 years of history into eight chronological exhibits with four breakout galleries. The finalized schematic plans/conceptual drawings were submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval. To see the plans click here.

Plans for the MMH and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum museum buildings are  in the design development phase and are scheduled for completion in August 2012 by ECD—a consortium composed of Eley Guild Hardy Associates/Architects; Cooke Douglas Farr Lemons, Ltd., Architects and Engineers; and Dale Partners Architects—and the Freelon Group. Groundbreaking for the construction of the museum complex is expected to begin in August 2013. The buildings will be constructed at the same time, and the two museums will be connected, allowing cost savings through shared collections storage areas, artifact conservation labs, classroom and auditorium space, parking garage, store, and other features.

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