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UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM

For details, please call 601-576-6000.

Now – SEPTEMBER 9, 2018
“The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®” Exhibit

What’s even more amazing than explorer and adventurer Robert Ripley’s legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies, and fantastic feats? The science that underlies them.

This highly interactive exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®

Click here for details.

WEDNESDAYS at 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 a story, make a craft, and meet an animalRegular museum admission. Free for Members.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018  11 a.m.
Spider Trail Hike

Dr. Brent Hendrixson of Millsaps College will lead a guided trail hike at the museum about spiders while exploring habitat along the trail. The hike begins promptly at 11 a.m. Join us as we learn more about these fascinating and surprisingly beautiful arachnids.

$6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum members are FREE.

Please call 601-576-6000 or visit www.mdwfp.com/museum for more information.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
Mississippi Science Fest

‪The LeFleur Museum District (LMD) invites you to attend a special STEM themed festival!

On Saturday, September 22nd, all four museums of the LMD (MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, Mississippi Children’s Museum, and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum) will host a special day where experts and special guests from science-based industries across the state will provide hands-on experiences for children and families.

By bringing these experts together, MSF is able to show the range of career opportunities that exist while also sparking participants’ curiosity, excitement, and interest.

‪*Please note that museum memberships will not be applicable on this date, as the $10 admission grants entry to all four LeFleur Museum District Museums for the event. 

‪A FREE shuttle bus will be available between all four museums.

‪Food vendors will be on-site, too. 

Visit www.mssciencefest.org for details and tickets.

OCTOBER 2, 2018  Noon – 1 P.M. 
The Paddlefish in Mississippi: Living Fossil, Natural Resource, and Engineering Marvel

‪SPEAKER: Dr. Jan Hoover, Research Fisheries Biologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, (ERDC), Environmental Lab.,Vicksburg, MS.

‪Paddlefish have been known to science since the 1500’s, but many aspects of their biology, their value to humans, and their utility to military engineers are newly-emerging.  

Dr. Hoover will discuss recent studies of Paddlefish by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. 

This research documents how their ancient body plan has enabled Paddlefish to thrive in modern, frequently-impacted rivers, how their distinctive biology provides high-value commodities to society and important information to ecologists, and how their unique rostrum (or “paddle”) can be used by the military for the development of new defensive technologies.  

OCTOBER 26, 2018  6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Park After Dark

‪Enjoy spooky science and family fun!

MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) 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!

MCM, MMNS and LeFleur’s Bluff State Park seek to provide families with a safe and fun environment to celebrate fall festivities.

Additional information and Ticket pre-sales will be available at www.mschildrensmuseum.org in early October.

NOVEMBER 20, 2018  10 a.m. – Noon
WILD about Gobblers

Big feathery fun and special activities for all ages! 

Meet LIVE turkeys (and a turkey vulture) from Freedom Ranch Outreach, examine turkey feathers under a microscope, investigate “egg-cellent” anatomy, and learn how to conserve turkey populations with MDWFP’s turkey program coordinator Adam Butler! 

This family-friendly mini-event has something for everyone as we prepare for Thanksgiving. 

FREE with museum admission: $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 3 and up, Under 3 are FREE, Museum Members are FREE

DECEMBER 14, 2018  10 a.m. – Noon
STEM with Snowflakes

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

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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!

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