The New Museum

The new Museum of Mississippi History will provide four times the exhibit space the Old Capitol offered—more than 21,000 square feet. With larger and more flexible galleries, the museum will be able to employ innovative exhibition techniques and address a broader range of topics in more depth. The museum will be able to feature more of the stateís collection of artifacts in its permanent exhibits and also have room for temporary exhibits. Increased storage space will enable staff to properly care for the more than 13,000 artifacts in the museumís collections.

Overview of exhibitsFour floors featuring

  • large open spaces housing innovative interactive exhibits
  • orientation theater
  • modern classroom
  • distance learning auditorium
  • museum store
  • modern staff offices
  • exhibit fabrication facility
  • laboratory for scholars to research artifacts from the collection

The new education spaces will make the museum a leader in history education not only statewide, but across the nation. The building will have classrooms for students K–12, a teacher training facility, and a distance learning auditorium that will allow for interactive, two-way video and audio. Workplaces will give staff the space to develop more traveling trunks, exhibits, and other outreach materials. These state-of-the-art features will let the museum serve as a distribution center for educational programs to thousands of schoolchildren and groups annually.

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