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NOW – DECEMBER 31, 2017
“Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous” Exhibit 

Click here for exhibit details.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017  1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.
Preschool Room Story Time

Bring your children ages 3-5 to Preschool Room Story Time on Wednesday’s in September at 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. to hear a story, make a craft, and meet an animal!

Regular museum admission. Free for Members.

Sept 20: In the Forest by Maurice Pledger (snake)
Sept 27: Bugs for Lunch by Margery Facklam (turtle)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
MS Science Fest: Water Journey at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Explore the wonders of water in this fun-filled and interactive event where we will learn about, play with, and discover how to conserve one of our most precious resources: Water.

Activities Include: Water Cycle Game and Craft, Aqua Bodies Exercise, the LIVE Aquatic Animal program, and Bubble-ology (the science of making human sized bubbles) and more!

This event is part of the larger Mississippi ScienceFEST, and will be at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. It is run alongside other activities hosted at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

One ticket, four museums, and lots of science fun! (MEMBERS MUST PURCHASE ADMISSION FOR THIS EVENT: $10).

Check out http://www.mssciencefest.org/ to learn more.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017  1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.
Preschool Room Story Time

Bring your children ages 3-5 to Preschool Room Story Time to hear Bugs for Lunch by Margery Facklam, make a craft, and meet a turtle! Regular museum admission. Free for Members.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017  Noon – 1 p.m.
Lecture: Chakchiuma Swamp: A Story of Art & Conservation

SPEAKER: Robin Whitfield, Mississippi Artist, Robin Whitfield Studio, Grenada, MS

Robin will share her story about falling in love with a swamp and how the relationship between an artist and a swamp changed the fate of both. This is a story told with paintings, drawing, photos, and maps. The Chakchiuma Swamp was in need of being appreciated, preserved, rescued, and rehabilitated. Robin came to the rescue.

The Chakchiuma is a 300 acre mature cypress/tupelo swamp with surrounding bottomland forest and is an impressive piece of biodiversity because of its place as a link in a green corridor including the Yalobusha River.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017  10 A.M.  – Noon
Fossil Friday the 13th: National Fossil Day Celebration

Explore Mississippi’s fossil past through activities, investigations and games for elementary and middle school children and families. Meet a Mississippi paleontologist, discover the state’s fossil history with a museum scavenger hunt, dig in the “Red Hot” for real fossils, and see the official state fossil (Zygorhiza kochii ). Free with museum admission. MEMBERS FREE.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017  6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Park After Dark

Enjoy spooky science and family fun at the annual Park after Dark event! The museum has partnered with the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) and LeFleur’s Bluff State Park to host Park after Dark.

Create creepy crawly crafts, go trick-or-treating through both museums, and enjoy the evening’s activities while wearing your costumes at this spook-tacular event.
One night, one ticket, two museums ($9)! MEMBERS MUST PURCHASE A TICKET FOR THIS EVENT.

MCM, MMNS and LeFleur’s Bluff State Park seek to provide families with a safe and fun environment to celebrate fall festivities. Ticket pre-sales will be available at the MCM website in early October. (Those with pre-sale tickets can begin the event at 5:30pm.)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017  Noon – 1 p.m.
American Stingers: Scorpions of the United States Lecture

SPEAKER: Dr. Brent E. Hendrixson, Associate Professor & Chair of Biology, Millsaps College

  • How are scorpions related to spiders and other arachnids?
  • Are scorpions deadly?
  • Why do scorpions glow under a black light?
  • How many types of scorpions live in Mississippi and in the United States?

Come learn about the fascinating world of scorpions including their origins, medical importance, natural history, and diversity. Representative live specimens will be on display.

Cost: Free with Museum Admission ($6 Adults and $4 Children). Under 3 FREE. Museum members FREE.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017  10 a.m. – Noon
Tea Party with a T-Rex

If you love tea, and dinosaurs, then this is the family outing for you! Join us to see if your tea-time manners are more gracious than Cretaceous. We will have a storytime with “Tea Rex” by Molly Idle, enjoy light refreshments, and play in the fossil pile. Maybe a dinosaur will visit during this fun family outing. Space is limited. To learn more, and to MAKE RESERVATIONS, call 601. 576. 6000 before November 16th.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017  10 a.m. – Noon
Wild About Gobblers

Big feathery fun and special activities for all ages! Examine turkey feathers under a microscope, make your own turkey headband, investigate “egg-cellent” egg anatomy, and learn what these gobblers eat for lunch! FREE with museum admission. $6.00 for adults $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum members are FREE.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017  5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cajun Christmas

Enjoy an interactive storytelling of The Cajun Night Before Christmas, encounter swamp animals and meet the Christmas Gator, make Cajun Christmas crafts, write letters to Santa and take your photo with him, listen to beautiful holiday music, and see Santa dive in the aquariums! $6.00 for adults $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum members are FREE.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017  5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Gift Shop Open House

Shop for unique and Mississippi made gifts that range from science kits, animal puppets, books, and games to Mississippi made pottery, jewelry, and wood-turned items. Free gift wrapping with purchase.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017  10 a.m. – Noon
STEM with Snowflakes

Experiment with instant snow, make your own paper snowflakes to learn about snowflake symmetry, explore the fascinating properties of dry ice, and hear the wonderful story of “Snowflake Bentley” – the naturalist and photographer who first captured snowflakes on film.
$6.00 for adults $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum members are FREE.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017  10 a.m. – Noon
Superhero Science

It’s a bird, It’s a plane … it’s Science Adventure! Why is Mr. Fantastic so stretchy? How would you use the superpower of magnetism? Before you fly through the air, do you need an anemometer reading? Join us for fun filled exploration of the science behind superheroes. $6.00 for adults $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum members are FREE.


MARCH 9, 2018  9 a.m. – Noon
Science Makers

Want to meet the science makers of our world? Then join the museum’s staff for a celebration of women and minorities who are changing the face of scientific exploration. This event showcases interactive STEM – activities and discussions to inspire curiosity about educational and scientific career opportunities. Get details and download the event flyer at http://mdwfp.com/museum/calendar/science-makers-2018/

JANUARY 27, 2018 – MAY 6, 2018
Conservation Quest Exhibit

Go Green! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it, and why it’s important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest delivers important energy conservation messages, inspiring you to make thoughtful choices about energy use to help protect the planet and promote healthy living. MEMBERS – SAVE THE DATE: The Premiere Party will be January 26, 2017.


JANUARY 26, 2019 – MAY 12, 2019
Ocean Bound Exhibit

Journey through watersheds to see how everyone’s actions on land affect our ocean. Make it rain in a large 3-D watershed model! Pilot a full-size two-station “submersible” from mountain stream to the ocean. Encounter eye-popping aquatic species and ecosystems along the way! Be a biologist and go deeper. Guide “water” safely through a hazardous maze. Flip paddles and divert “pollutants” as they travel through stormwater drains. Discover how river otters made a comeback. Spot the polluters and be a Watershed Warrior! What can YOU do in your watershed to protect our ocean? Find out in Ocean Bound!