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

Click here for exhibit details.

MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Solar Eclipse Watch Party

NOTE: Due to the high demand for eclipse glasses, museum staff will issue vouchers for ISO certified safety viewing glasses at 10 a.m. on Monday on a first come first serve basis for those that have purchased Monday’s admission (or that are Members). The actual glasses will be distributed for those participants that have vouchers as the eclipse begins. We’ll be giving out several hundred vouchers for glasses to those attending our event. But, if we do happen to run out out, don’t worry! There will be eclipse glasses and pinhole viewer sharing stations.

All hands-on activities, investigations, and classes related to the eclipse begin at 10 a.m. NOAA will be on site conducting citizen science with GLOBE, STEM Institute will be helping visitors work with pinhole viewers, Russell Davis Planetarium staff will be at the museum, and LIVE streaming with NASA will be on hand, in case of inclement weather, to name a few of the event’s highlights. Additionally, Bumpers and Hog Heaven will be on site, selling food.


Join MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science staff as we learn about the Solar #Eclipse2017 and watch it take place at the museum – OUTDOORS or INDOORS!

Approximately 86% of the sun will be blocked in Jackson for this special astronomical event.

NASA’s live feed of the eclipse will be viewed on the big screen from the museum’s Rotwein theater, starting at 12:15 p.m.

Special ISO certified safety viewing glasses and pinhole viewers will be available while supplies last. SEE NOTE ABOVE.

This event is included with museum admission: $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 3-18, and free for children under 3. FREE for Members. Senior and group rates are available; please call the museum for details at 601-576-6000.

**For Schools: Special arrangements can be made for an “eclipse class”, as space allows, before the eclipse. After the class, your group can join in on the eclipse party’s activity stations, and eclipse viewing. Contact the museum for additional information at 601.576.6000.


10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


• Predict the Corona
• Yard Stick Eclipse
• Eclipse Safety
• Earth as Peppercorn / Solar Pizza
• Eclipse Head Band


• Solar Beads
• MS College STEM Institute
• Laser-cut pinhole viewers with Dr. Anna Wan
• Chalk Outlines
• Russell Davis Planetarium
• NOAA and GLOBE Citizen Science

10:30 a.m. ECLIPSE Class in Rotwein Theater
11:30 a.m. ECLIPSE Class in Rotwein Theater
12:15 p.m. LIVE streaming from NASA (in case of cloud cover)
1 p.m. Eclipse observations on lawn (Indoor stations close)
2 p.m. Event Concludes


Note: The eclipse is waning for up to 1 hour, post totality.
Feel free to watch the eclipse with your safety glasses after stations have closed down.

Glasses are complimentary at the event with museum admission while supplies last.

Only view the eclipse using our ISO certified safety glasses, or the pinhole viewers. Do not look at the eclipse directly, as it could damage your eyes. SEE NOTE ABOVE.


Download schedule at: http://mdwfp.com/media/253828/mmns-final-solar-eclipse-watch-party-schedule.pdf

How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017  3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Preschool Weekly Adventure

Preschool Weekly Adventures are 20-30 minutes of themed learning, playing, and adventuring. Get details here. Included with regular Museum admission. Free for Members of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation.

August 22: Starfish Wishes
August 29: Awesome Alligators

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23  1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.
Preschool Story Time

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

Regular museum admission. Free for Members.

August 23: If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff-craft-turtle
August 30: The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Noble -craft-snake

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017  8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Early Birds, Dinos, and Java

What better way to begin a summer day than to take a guided bird walk to observe the return of transient songbirds?

Join us as one of our naturalists takes you on museum trails, have a little coffee afterwards, and then explore the “ Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous” exhibit to learn more about the ancient relatives of birds.

Cost: Free with Museum Admission ($6 – Adults and $4 – Children). Under 3 FREE. Museum members FREE. Recommended for ages 10 & older.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To RSVP, please contact Nicole Smith, Special Events nicole.smith@mmns.state.ms.us

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017  Noon – 1 p.m.
Prothonotary Warbler Lecture

SPEAKER: Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Louisiana, Baton Rouge

Prothonotary Warblers are a familiar bird of southeastern U.S. swamps and bottomland forests during the summer, but their populations are declining faster than they are losing this habitat.

Audubon Louisiana has been working to understand why by studying their migration pathways using geolocators to understand connections between wintering and breeding populations.

This ground-breaking work has already identified new potential conservation priority regions in Central and South America to focus conservation efforts.

Learn about this remarkable migratory bird, and how you can get involved to help.

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

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).

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

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! 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 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.


JANUARY 26, 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.


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!