Historical Sites & Museums
Jackson has several historic sites on the National Register of Historic Places. The most notable is the Old Capitol Museum. Recently restored, the Old Capitol serves as the historical headquarters for Mississippi government. You may also tour and sit in the current State Capitol, home of the Mississippi legislature. Visit the Manship House Museum, the home of Civil War Mayor of Jackson, Charles Manship. The Oaks House Museum dates back to 1853, home of then Mayor of Jackson, James Hervey Boyd. Take a tour of the Governor’s Mansion, built in 1842 and still residence of the current Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour. In the Belhaven neighborhood, just around the corner from the Fairview Inn, is the Eudora Welty Museum. Pulitzer prize-winner and author, Eudora Welty, lived in this residence for over seventy-six years. Learn about all aspects of Mississippi state history at the Museum of Mississippi History.
Other museums include the Museum of Natural Science in LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, popular with kids of all ages. Stroll through the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum and learn about how these two industries have impacted our State-past and present. Also, a popular spot with kids is the Mississippi Children’s Museum, which is the largest and most innovative children’s museum in the entire Southern United States.
The Mississippi Museum of Art presents multiple exhibitions each year, featuring regional, national, and international art. The Museum also boasts a permanent collection of more than 4,000 works of art.
Cultural museums include the Mississippi Museum of Muslim Cultures, the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, and the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life.
Always a popular spot for families is the Jackson Zoo with more than 80 acres of wild and exotic wildlife and interactive exhibits. Learn about our planet and beyond at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium. Explore the stories behind Mississippi legends at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame or the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Join other water buffs on the Ross Barnett Reservoir for sailing, fishing or water park activities. The Mississippi Crafts Center features the work of over 400 guilded craftsmen. Throughout the year, the Mississippi State Fairgrounds hosts not only the Mississippi State Fair, but also several equestrian and agricultural events. The Jackson Convention Complex and the Mississippi Trade Mart provide venues for trade shows, auto shows and all types of events throughout the year.