Meridian, Miss – The Mississippi Children’s Museum broke ground on its first satellite campus October 28, 2019 in Meridian, MS. Construction is now underway on the Mississippi Children’s Museum – Meridian (MCM-Meridian) which is located on an eight-acre site on 22nd Avenue. It will include a 25,000 square foot state of the art facility featuring 9,500 square feet of exhibit and an additional 25,000 square foot outdoor exhibit. Leaders from the community, government officials, MCM-Meridian and MCM representatives, and most importantly, local children, used their shovels to break ground and share in this momentous occasion.
“We are thrilled to be moving forward with what began as a dream for our community. When completed, we will have a world-class museum for our children and future generations of children in East Mississippi,” stated MCM-Meridian Executive Director, Liz Wilson.” Wilson, who grew up in Meridian, has been working on this project from its inception, first as a volunteer and now as the Executive Director – planning with education and design teams, leading fundraising efforts, hosting community events for children, and raising awareness about the project throughout East Mississippi.
MCM-Meridian has received significant financial backing from the community, including the signature sponsors: The Phil Hardin Foundation and The Riley Foundation. The combined $7 million support from these respected community leaders helped launch the project.
MCM-Meridian is expected to open in early 2021; and upon opening, is expected to see over 51,000 visitors a year with a roughly $9 million-dollar economic impact on the community. For more information visit www.mcmmeridian.org