Jackson, Mississippi Museums and Mansions
Visit fascinating Jackson, Mississippi museums and historic mansions, and then return to the numerous comforts of Holiday Inn Express Ridgeland – Jackson Hotel. Our abundantly appointed Jackson hotel suites provide a welcome rest after a day exploring the sights.
Ridgeland and Jackson, Mississippi Museums
Nearby Jackson is host to several celebrated and family-friendly museums, many of them a short drive from our Ridgeland, MS hotel. Local favorites include:
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
The largest museum in the state, the Museum of Natural Science presents a vast array of indoor and outdoor exhibits exploring the diverse ecology of Mississippi. Inside the museum you'll see beautifully staged life-size dioramas as well as live animals. The outdoor portion is even more impressive. The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science has partnered with LeFleur's Bluff State Park to fashion a network of nature trails packed with scenic overlooks and educational exhibits. Website.
Mississippi Museum of Art
Within Ridgeland and Jackson's historic settings lies a contemporary soul. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The strikingly modern facility in downtown Jackson invites you into a world of color, ambition and contrast. The collections of American landscapes, pop art and works expressing the spirit of Mississippi make for an engaging visit all throughout the year. Website.
Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
A history museum with precise focus, and so appropriate in Jackson. A step into the Mississippi Agriculture Museum is a step 50 to 150 years into the past. The museum displays a huge collection of vintage farm equipment, hunting tools and even home appliances from the early 1900s. Certainly one of the most unique museums in Jackson, Mississippi. Website.
More Museums in Ridgeland and Jackson, MS
Guests may also enjoy these fascinating museums, all located within a short drive of Holiday Inn Express Ridgeland - Jackson North:
- Mississippi Department of Archives and History - The MDAH preserve the archival records of Mississippi, including personal papers, manuscripts, photography, newsreels and much more. All are available to the public free of charge.
- Russell C. Davis Planetarium - A state-of-the-art planetarium in downtown Jackson presenting entertaining explorations into the sky and space.
- Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center - Showcases the history and innumerable achievements of Mississippi's African-American residents.
- Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum - Fun interactive exhibits make this journey into Mississippi's athletic heritage a great option for children and parents alike.
- Old Capitol Museum - The state's most historic building is now a free museum dedicated to the important legislative achievements of 19th-century Mississippi.
- War Memorial Building - A stirring monument to the men and women of Mississippi who gave their lives in service of the United States.
- Civil Rights Driving Tour - Although not a museum, the Civil Rights Driving Tour is one of Jackson's most enlightening attractions. Explore important sites, buildings and churches significant to the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.
- Farish Street Historical District - This entire 125-acre neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently undergoing extensive renovation.
Jackson, Mississippi Historic Mansions and Homes
The residents of Jackson and the neighboring communities have come to prize the area's remaining 19th-century buildings, few of which withstood the devastation of the American Civil War. Today they're a welcome stop on any Jackson, MS history tour. Favorites include:
- Boddie Mansion (1848) – Also known as "The Mansion", Boddie Mansion sits at the campus center of Tougaloo College, just half a mile west of our Ridgeland, MS hotel.
- Mississippi Governor's Mansion (1839) – The stunning gubernatorial residence is still in use to this day.
- Old Oaks House (1853) – While "The Oaks" is hardly a mansion, it is one of the few historic buildings in Jackson that you may tour inside and out.
- Medgar Evers Home - The home of slain NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers. By appointment only.
Travel Tip: While these attractions are family-friendly, there might be better options when traveling with little ones. Learn about Ridgeland, MS travel for families.