Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a Mississippi movement that changed the nation. The museum promotes a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact by highlighting the strength and sacrifices of its peoples. Visitors will witness the freedom struggle in eight interactive galleries that show the systematic oppression of black Mississippians and their fight for equality that transformed the state and nation. Seven of the galleries encircle a central space called This Little Light of Mine. There, a dramatic sculpture glows brighter and the music of the Movement swells as visitors gather.
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jbushman2017
Nipomo, CA459 contributions
Mar 2022
I have been in Civil Rights Museums before but this one is top notch. It is modern, and fresh. It has lots of video clips and footage, and everything is displayed in a nice coherent narrative that was very affective and at times too overwhelming (a good thing).

We spent about 2 hours here

If you come here, remember that the building shares space with the Mississippi History Museum which is slightly larger and equally interesting and worth a visit.
Written March 18, 2022
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brandasa
Centerville, OH1,249 contributions
Jun 2021
This is an extremely well done museum. It flowed very well and gave a ton of information. The museum took us almost 3 hours to get through - and we spent another hour on the prohibition and Mississippi state history sections.

One extra that made it extra awesome was H. Walters was an employee who was speaking to students while we were there. He was a Freedom Riders and has been arrested 109 times in his life. It really drives home how recent of an issue this was was a living person is telling their story of Freedom Riders. Super powerful for students to hear his message!
Written June 8, 2021
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CardsFan13
DuQuoin, IL58 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is powerful, with compelling visual and audio displays that chronicle both the agonies as well as the progress of Black Mississippians. This isn’t an easy, breezy museum experience. It can be overwhelming and might be frightening for young children. I saw a little girl crying in her mother’s arms and wanting to leave. Also, keep your mask on. The museum can be a little crowded in the rather serpentine manner of movement through the displays. Mississippi has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, so exercise due caution.

This is tough but necessary history. Call it critical race theory or whatever you want, but it needs to be seen, understood, reflected upon, and cause for change. Go to this museum!
Written June 29, 2021
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Carolina_Christine
North Carolina9 contributions
Aug 2022
A highlight of our trip to the Mississippi Delta, this museum has world-class level displays, engaging information in multi-media formats that draw in visitors. We spent five hours and still didn't see it all. Sunday admission is free! Kudos to the state for their investment in presenting the important civil rights events of Mississippi.

An added unexpected treat was the high quality offerings from the museum's cafe, the Nissan Cafe by Nick Wallace, from the Food Network. Outdoor seating is available right near the cafe.

So much of Mississippi civil rights history is America's history. This museum is worth a trip to Jackson in and of itself. Highly recommend visiting for at least a day. Then with extra time, you can see the Museum of Mississippi History (which had displays on musician Marty Stuart as well as the Green Book) and go to Eudora Welty's home.
Written August 11, 2022
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Lsuladygolfer
Vidalia, LA43 contributions
Dec 2019
Hopefully, this museum will challenge us all to be kinder, more compassionate people than we have been in our past. Very inspiring, challenging and moving. All staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. Recommend getting a wheelchair if you can't handle walking the exhibits for two to three hours.
Written January 2, 2020
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alpw
Placitas, NM2,127 contributions
May 2022
My husband and I were on a road trip and this museum was a planned stop. This interesting museum is a must see if you are in the area. Very informative, the museum's focus is on the events in the state of Mississippi from the slave trade to the civil rights era. It's well laid out with a "rotunda" in the middle with alot of seating. There are several rooms each with a topic. Some of the rooms had videos of a topic of the room. Excellent museum. Must see.
Written October 28, 2022
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Chuck Buck
18 contributions
May 2022
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is very powerful and I’m glad we took the time to visit. Growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s, I thought I understood what the civil rights battle was about, but I didn’t. It is located in the same building as the Museum of Mississippi History which was probably our favorite in Jackson. You can also get a nice lunch inside the building between the two museums. If you see them both, wear comfortable shoes.
Written May 9, 2022
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char1scott
Mobile, AL451 contributions
Oct 2020
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum communicates the story of the struggle for civil rights in a unique and powerful manner. I learned a lot during my visit about the individuals involved in the fight as well as the horrors that people lived through. We still have a long way to go. The museum is an excellent education tool.
Written October 23, 2020
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cgray1962
Austin, TX72 contributions
Feb 2020
Went to the museum on free Saturday, Although it is a great museum-it was very hard to see anything because the amount of people in there made it impossible to enjoy. We did not plan going on the free day - it just worked out that way and I wouldn't recommend it.But it is a very informative museum.
Written February 24, 2020
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DrWalter W
4 contributions
Nov 2019
This was an amazing museum.. I was floored by the historical artifacts and the creativity of the way the museum tells the story of civil rights. It's very detailed and intense.... you got to be prepared to feel various emotions and come out like really needing to get yourself together.
Written February 11, 2020
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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (Jackson) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM