Family Fun To Fit All Budgets: Museums & Educational Centers

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The kids are out of school and you’re looking for low-cost (or free) ways to have fun. Museums and research centers are great ways to add an educational element to the summer entertainment.

Infinity Science Center, One Discovery Circle, Pearlington

  • 72-thousand square foot facility featuring STEM presentations and demonstrations, trams and bus tours, hikes and walks, simulator rides, interactive exhibits and more
  • The official visitor center for NASA’s Stennis Space Center
  • Admission starts at $18 for adults, $15 for military and seniors 55+, $11 for children ages 4-13, and free for kids 3 and under
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport (Source: Trip Adviser)

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport

  • 15,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits for kids
  • Oak-covered acres for outside play
  • See a play at the WINGS Performing Arts Center
  • Field trips and summer camps
  • Cooking classes for adults and kids
  • Admission starts at $10 for kids and adults; ages 1 and under get in free; military and seniors 65+ get in for $8. Weekdays after 3 p.m., admission is $3. Everyone gets in for $6 on Sundays. Free admission Fridays are held the last Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. Admission is $3 for anyone who presents a valid EBT card with a valid ID (cannot be used to pay for admission)

Ocean Adventures, 10801 Dolphin Lane, VIDEO HERE

Ocean Adventures (Source: WLOX)
  • Bird aviary, tropical bird shows, dolphin/sea lion shows, stingray feedings, guided tours with touch pools, and more
  • General admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors and active military, and $12 for ages 3-12
  • Additional costs range from $25 to kiss a sea lion up to $120 to swim with a dolphin

USM Marine Education Center, 101 Sweetbay Dr., Ocean Springs

  • An education and outreach center designed to educate people about coastal resources, marine life, coastal ecosystems, marine sciences, and more
  • 32,000-square foot facility includes interactive exhibits, outdoor learning experiences with trails, floating classrooms, a pedestrian suspension bridge, and more.

Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur Street, Moss Point

  • Gateway to the largest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, where you can learn about birds and wildlife
  • Take a 2-hour interpretive boat tour or visit the new 5,000-square feet center, which features educational displays on the area’s river elements
  • Visit the grounds to see a botanical garden that showcases native plants and their uses in bird and wildlife landscaping.
  • Adults-$8 Children 12 and under- $5
Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs (Source: Walter Anderson Museum)

Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs, VIDEO HERE 

  • Featuring the artwork of Ocean Springs’ famed artist Walter Anderson and his brothers – Peter Anderson, master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery, and James McConnell Anderson noted painted and ceramist
  • Museum admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $8 for AAA members, military, seniors 65 and older, and students with a valid ID

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, VIDEO HERE

  • Celebrates the artwork of master potter and Mississippi native George Ohr
  • Award-winning museum designed by famed architect Frank Gehry
  • Admission is $10 for adults age 18+; $8 for seniors 60+, AAA members, and military; students with ID get in for $5; and children under 5 get in free

Scranton Nature Museum, 3928 Nathan Hale Ave, Pascagoula

  • Explore unique wildlife exhibits, rocks, minerals, fossils, and live animals, including reptiles, snakes, and peacocks
  • Located inside I.G. Levy Park
  • Admission is $2 per adult and $1 per child
Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum (Source: Trip Advisor)

Model Railroad Museum, 504 Pass Rd, Gulfport

  • Explore multiple scale model train layouts, elevated and ground level G scale trains, interactive layouts for kids to operate and enjoy, outdoor garden displays and multiple riding trains
  • Home of the largest LEGO railroad display in the state
  • Fun, themed outdoor railroad displays, like Jurassic Park and Futurama
  • Free admission but donations are expected

Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, 115 1st St., Biloxi, VIDEO HERE

  • Learn about the coast’s rich maritime history and heritage with exhibits on shrimping, oystering, recreational fishing, wetlands, marine blacksmithing, wooden boat building, net-making, and more!
  • Museum admission for adults is $10, seniors 65+ is $8, students is $6, and kids under 5 get in free
  • Biloxi Schooner tours, VIDEO HERE
    • Step on board an authentic replica of a Biloxi oyster schooner
    • Walk on sails run $30/adult and $15/children age 3-12 (minimum of 6 passengers)
    • Group charters for 20 people or more start at $600.

Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, VIDEO HERE

  • Built in 1852, tour our antebellum home that became the retirement estate of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States
  • Tour the vast grounds, including the Presidential Library with ancestry database, Civil War museum with artifacts and archives, and the Confederate Cemetery
  • Admission for adults is $12.50/per person, $10 for military and seniors, $7.50 for kids age 6-18
    West End Hose Co. Fire Museum (Source: City of Biloxi)

     

West End Hose Co. Fire Museum, 1046 E. Howard Ave., Biloxi

  • Located in the historic 1937 firehouse, explore antique fire equipment and exhibits documenting the history of Biloxi Fire Department for more than 120 years
  • Admission is free

These have free admission: Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum, The Alice Moseley Museum, The T.F. Monti Private Model Collection, Busted Wrench Museum, Davis Bayou AreaGrand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge & Visitor Center.

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