Exploring Mississippi's Two Museums: Guided Tours and Virtual Field Trips

Are you looking for an exciting way to discover the history of Mississippi? Look no further than the Two Mississippi Museums, where you can take part in guided tours and virtual field trips. Whether you're part of a youth group, book club, Sunday school, singles group, or any other religious community, you can visit the museums for free with groups of 10 or more people. The Two Mississippi Museums offer a variety of educational experiences. You can explore the history of Africans in Mississippi, slavery, and the Jim Crow era in the first and second galleries.

Through eight interactive exhibits, the museum promotes a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact. You can also view police photos of all the Freedom Riders arrested in Mississippi and hear stories from civil rights veterans like Fannie Lou Hamer, Vernon Dahmer, and Medgar Evers. In addition to guided tours, virtual field trips are available for students. Visit the MDAH distance learning page to learn more about the topics offered.

Most of the exhibits are works by MSU faculty, staff, and students. For adult groups of 10 to 50 people, virtual tours are available on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. The Old Salem Museum & Garden's program changes seasonally, so be sure to check their website for open places and opening hours before requesting your visit. The Two Mississippi Museums are open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00 and Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00.

They are closed on Mondays. Admission is free for groups of 10 or more people with a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. To request an in-person or virtual visit for your group, please complete the group visit request form at least two weeks in advance. Group tours scheduled two weeks or more in advance may include a detailed introduction to the museums. Be sure to visit the Mississippi Museum store while you're there! It offers one of the state's best collections of folk art, local handmade crafts, and books written by and about Mississippians.

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