Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

Gulfport, MS

4 (5 reviews)

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Address: 246 Dolan Ave, Gulfport, MS 39507, USA Number: 228 897 6039 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center LOVES to inspire children, and their families, through a range of interactive educational experience and exploration, as well as the arts.

They are also a museum with a difference - breaking the rules of a "traditional" museum, and encouraging visitors to talk, touch, interact, and HAVE FUN - just like the 400 children's museum across the nation!

The discovery center is actually located in a renovated Mississippi City Elementary School, dating back to 1915 (so the architecture is worth a visit on its own!). Once inside, there is 15,000 sq ft of indoor exhibit space to explore, AND 7 1/2 acres of outdoor play space!

There's a super colossal climbing structure that spans the height of the museum, and allows kids to reach for the stars! It is also a fun way for kids to travel from floor to floor as they explore the exhibits!

Creative kids can express themselves in the art studio, where creativity is encouraged through fun, educational projects, that often relate to current holidays, historical events or special activities taking place in the museum.

Those little ones under 4 years can enjoy Bear Camp Bayou, with toys and books geared towards those important years of development, whilst the older kids can don those costume and props and take themselves back to a time when trains were a popular form of transportation!

The role play fun continues for kids in the veterinary clinic, or work on a boat in the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Kids might want to take to the plains of Africa on Safari, work in an 1890s Mississippi Hotel, shop in a market for produce, or work on science experiments - whatever they choose, are long as they have those inquisitive minds and their imaginations, they will be just fine!

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How much does it cost?









After 3pm weekdays is $3 / Sundays are $6 all day for everyone / FREE FRIDAYS – Last Friday of Every Month, 5pm to 8pm


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12 months


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Any top tips?


The last Friday of every month, from 5pm to 8pm, admission is FREE for everyone! It’s a great time to “treat” friends and family members to a night at the museum!

I'm Hungry!


They do sell assorted snacks, ice cream, water & sodas at admissions.

Healthy Eating You can take your own lunch and enjoy it on their grounds!

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Where is it at?

Teachers corner


They offer a number of classes, as well as summer camps, and workshops, so just give them a call if you want to chat about students enjoying a visit!

Can I get one of those?


Check out the Discovery Gift Shop and see an outstanding selection of fun and educational items available for all ages. All merchandise is carefully chosen to meet developmental needs, stimulate curiosity, evoke creativity and most of all get children to play! Many of the items in the store are inspired by exhibits from the museum. Museum members save 10%.

Need a little extra help?


The strive to make the space as accessible as possible, from interior and outdoor museum space accessible, sensory backpacks, wheelchairs available and more! They also host sensory Sundays!

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When can we go?

10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday (& Mondays in summer), 12pm - 5pm Sunday

Closed Mondays (except during summer and certain Monday holidays, when open), plus New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

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