The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center expands a child’s world by encouraging shared learning experiences to enrich the minds and hearts of children and adults through interactive and entertaining exhibitions and programs.
Today, more than 400 children’s museums throughout the United States break the rules of traditional museums encouraging visitors to touch, talk, have fun and learn. In a children’s museum, the audience rather than the objects are key. The exhibits are catalysts for questions, exploration and discovery and the entire experience is a playground for the mind. The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is the first children’s museum in Mississippi.
From its inception, The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center has been a community project. With initial funding in 1991 from Gulfport Junior Auxiliary, co-founders Rose Alman and Carole Lynn Meadows have led the team to make the dream a reality with the opening of the museum in May, 1998. The museum name honors the memory of Lynn Meadows, Carole Lynn and Joe Meadows' daughter, who died tragically in a car accident in 1984 while a student at Ole Miss. Located in the renovated Mississippi City Elementary School, constructed in 1915 and an architectural exhibition itself, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center offers 15,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, six acres of outdoor play space including a tree house village, a woodsy cabin on a stream and meeting rooms for workshops as well as camps and birthday parties.