Jackson, Mississippi is a great weekend getaway for both families and couples. There are tons of great restaurants, interesting museums, historic buildings and much more to explore. The following are some of the top things to do in Jackson, Mississippi.
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
This 70,000 square foot facility is full of educational and historic installations that offer information about Mississippi’s inhabitants and natural landscapes. The aquarium and wildlife exhibits display more than 200 species.
Preservation of the natural beauty of Mississippi is something that the museum cares deeply about. There is an outdoor center here also, and nature trails for you to explore.
Old Capitol Museum
This museum is located in one of the state’s most historic buildings. Visiting here will definitely take you back in time on a very exciting and informative journey.
The National Historic Landmark is the home of some of Mississippi’s and the whole country’s most meaningful moments. The 1839 Women’s Property Act got passed at this location, and the 1868 and 1890 constitutions were also drafted here. In 1861, it was at this location that Mississippi seceded officially from the Union.
Several multimedia exhibits explain and portray the roles that the high court and legislation play in various governmental processes. This is a beautifully restored museum to visit.
Mississippi Museum of Art
This museum is housed within a beautiful building featuring a modern and sleek aesthetic. It has numerous windows, which allow the inside to be illuminated by natural light. Thomas Sully, Reginald Marsh, Robert Henri and Arthur B. Davies are some of the American painters whose art is featured at the museum.
There are also stunning prints displayed of several photographers and the works of some highly acclaimed sculptors as well. There are many other impressive permanent collections at this museum.
Eudora Welty House and Garden,
The Eudora Welty House is a National Historic Landmark and is the former home of the highly acclaimed American author. Much of her work was written here in the home before she died in 2001.
When you enter the home, you will feel like you are transported back in time to 1986. That is when the house was bequeathed by Eudora Welty to Mississippi along with numerous items inside of the home. The house is full of photographs, rugs, furniture, linens, paintings and more. Many visitors are especially interested in viewing her very impressive book collection, which includes thousands of interesting books.
Before starting on the tour of the home and gardens, you can watch a film that provides important back information on Eudora Welty. You can then explore the museum and numerous exhibits at your leisure.