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“Gems of the River: An Exploration of Scientific Fish Photography” Exhibit
by MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science staff members
Matt Wagner, Katelin Cross, and Chazz C. Coleman

Now – April 30, 2018


“Gems of the River” is a startlingly beautiful photographic record of 15 of Mississippi’s lesser known fishes. Biologist Matt Wagner’s specialized staging method aids in producing these beautiful scientifically accurate images. “Gems of the River” can be seen in the museum’s atrium. Come have a look at these stunningly, beautiful photos.

JANUARY 27, 2018 – APRIL 29, 2018


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.

“Join the quest to go green and learn about energy and conservation,” invites museum director Charles Knight.

See how simple actions can make big differences for families, communities, and the planet:

  • Find ways to save with light bulbs, electricity, and recycling,
  • Explore solar, wind, and hydropower,
  • Connect circuits to power up lights, alarms, and fans,
  • Take the interactive green challenge,
  • See how much electricity you use,
  • Check out the latest energy-saving inventions and learn about the future of energy.

The exhibit is included in the regular museum admission fee of $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 3-18, and $5 for senior citizens ages 60 and up. Museum Members are free with current membership.

Conservation Quest was created by Stepping Stones Museum for Children. The exhibit is sponsored locally by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation, Feild Co-Operative Association, Inc., Sanderson Farms, Inc., The Walker Foundation, and Trustmark, and other generous sponsors.

Friday, January 26, 2018 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Members – join us to launch the exhibit with awesome food, fun, & friends! Dress in your best “trashion” inspired or recycled outfit and win prizes!

Not a Member? Click here to join online today!

***** 2019 *****

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!