Quality Inn & Suites Jackson Int'l Airport
360 Gilchrist Drive
Pearl, MS 39208
Phone: (601) 932-4025
Fax: (601) 932-4119
Arts & Museums
Mississippi is rich with musical heritage and has produced some of the past century's most celebrated and successful talent. This storied heritage is well-preserved and on full display at this modern museum just north of downtown. Virtually every genre of music is represented—jazz,country,gospel, rock and the king of it all, the Mississippi Delta blues. Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Robert Johnson, Ike and Tina Turner, and the king of Mississippi music, Elvis Presley, are well-documented through films, interviews, recordings and memorabilia.
For more than three decades, this upscale gallery has represented the finest in Jackson art. Geared toward collectors, Bryant Galleries maintains an enviable inventory of sculpture, paintings and graphic artworks by internationally known talents and promising newcomers from all corners of the globe. Refined without being stuffy, the comfortable atmosphere makes for an enjoyable outing for appreciating some of the best art the area has to offer.
Come explore "Mississippi's Web of Life" with a visit to this natural science museum. An octagonal skylight dominates the building, and beyond the perimeter of glass walls are replicated habitats of many of Mississippi's indigenous animals. A 100,000-gallon aquarium is home to more than 200 fish, reptiles and amphibians. Take a peak into the swamp, which contains alligators and such, or hike through 300 acres of carefully preserved forest.
Thought to be the oldest standing house in Jackson, this handsome residence was built by James Hervey Boyd, Jackson's three-time mayor during the 1850s. Now owned by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, the museum is furnished with period furniture throughout, including a sofa from Abraham Lincoln's law office in Springfield, Illinois.
This is one of the South's finest examples of Greek Revival architecture. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this majestic building was Mississippi's state capitol from 1839-1903. The history of Mississippi, from the dawn of time to the modern day, is outlined here. You will find exhibits that include thorough treatments of Native American history, colonial times, the Big Cotton culture, the Civil War and more. The museum is closed on major holidays. Group tours are available; call in advance for information.
Over the years, the state of Mississippi has proven itself a fertile breeding ground of athletic talent, and this museum pays tribute to this lineage. Archival footage can be viewed at interactive kiosks, while jerseys, trophies, gear and photos are displayed proudly on the walls. Over 500 recorded interviews and biographies feature home state favorites Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, Archie Manning, Ralph Boston and Dizzy Dean. A charming gift shop allows guests to take home a little bit of Mississippi sports history. Reservations required for tour groups.
To the casual visitor, this may seem like a peculiar attraction, but not when one considers the role that Mississippi's two most significant industries have played in the history and economy of the state. The Agriculture and Forestry Museum features over 40,000 square feet of exhibition space, displaying artifacts, machinery and documents that pay tribute to farmers and lumbermen throughout Mississippi's history. The museum gift shop serves a limited menu of refreshments and offers a variety of unique and educational souvenirs. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children ages 6-18, and $.50 for children 3-5.
Operated by the city of Jackson, this art gallery is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the area, dating back to the 1860s. Dedicated to promoting local contemporary artists, it features the work of up-and-coming Mississippi artisans. The permanent collection includes the work of Andrew Bucci and William Hollingsworth. On the first Sunday of each month, a reception is given, and a new exhibition is unveiled. Admission is free.
This museum houses more than 3,000 works, including the world's largest collection of art by Mississippi craftsmen. It is also home to the world's largest collection of art that reflects the cultural and historical heritage of the state. Visitors find an amazing display of Southern photography, native crafts and folk art, with a strong emphasis on homegrown talent. The Mississippi Museum of Art also sponsors a complete schedule of educational programs, lectures and special forums. Admission is USD5 for adults, USD4 for seniors, USD3 for college students and USD2 for students.
Attached to the Mississippi Museum of Art, this important branch is dedicated to promoting art in all its forms to the general public. In addition to housing an exhaustive gift shop that features prints, artifacts, cards and educational toys, the Center is home to the state's most comprehensive art education program. Whether you are looking for technical instruction for yourself or a simple course in art appreciation for the kids, this forward-thinking center has a program for you.
If you think most of the venues up for rent are just too substandard or just plain trashy, then The Mississippi Arts Pavilion is the perfect balance of charm, elegance, sophistication and style. Culturally intoxicating and impressive, the venue is perfect for your private parties, weddings, meetings, events and much more. Do it with panache, do it at The Mississippi Arts Pavilion at Mississippi Arts Center.
This museum in the heart of Jackson's historic black community offers exhibits, documents and artifacts that represent the African-American experience in Mississippi, with special attention paid to the Farish Street Historical District. Housed in the first public school for African-American children in Jackson, this facility is a treasure of cultural study and research. Displays highlight the contributions of Southern blacks to all facets of life. The cultural center sponsors regular workshops and annual events, such as the yearly Festival of Christmas Trees each December. Gift shop on premises.