Old Capitol Museum Now Offering Range of Tours

Have you ever wondered why the back of the Old Capitol shows exposed brick instead of limestone like the front and sides? Or why the governor’s office is so far from the House and Senate chambers? You can learn the answers to these and many other fascinating questions when you take one of the guided tours at the Old Capitol Museum.

The tour begins in the Chancery Court and moves through the first floor exploring the quarters of the Keeper of the Capitol and the office of the governor to the third floor and the State Library and Mississippi Hall of Fame. After seeing the House and Senate Chambers on the second floor, the hour-long tour concludes in the Government and Constitution gallery, which features an interactive exhibit that allows people to take on an identity from the past. The staff-guided tours are available by request, as well as every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Specialized tours for school groups are also available and focus on the nineteenth-century political history of black Mississippians, roles of state elected officials, and the Civil War in Mississippi. Each program begins with an introduction to the topic and interactive activities and is followed by a teacher-guided tour of related rooms and exhibits.

“Our staff continues to work hard developing programs that will appeal to groups of all ages,” said Old Capitol Museum director Clay Williams. “One of our goals is to supplement the information students get in the classroom. I encourage teachers to book these special programs and use the Old Capitol Museum as a resource.”

Completed in 1839, the Old Capitol is Jackson’s oldest building. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. To book tours for school groups or any groups of ten or more, contact Connie R. Michael at 601-576-6902 or by email. A teacher’s resource guide is available as a supplement to tours.

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