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Jackson, Mississippi

The capital of Mississippi, Jackson offers a variety of educational things to see and do.

Visit the Dupree House and Mamie’s Cottage, an historic structure that dates back to the 1850’s. While it serves as a functional bed and breakfast, the home is also available for guided tours as well. Students will love admiring the beautiful Greek revival style of this beautiful plantation home, originally owned by Dr. H.T.T. Dupree.

You should also make it a point to stop by the Manship House Museum, originally built and owned by one of Jackson’s mayors in 1857. The house is a beautiful example of Gothic Revival architecture, and is actually one of few homes built in the style within Jackson. Students should visit for the simple fact that it’s both a historic and architectural gem.

For a look back towards the past, visit the Mississippi War Memorial Building. The monument serves to commemorate Mississippi service men and women who have fallen in battle. The building houses a military museum and gorgeous sculptures depicting well known battles from the 1700’s up through the Vietnam War.

Eudora Welty HouseFor literature and history buffs, the Eudora Welty House Museum offers a unique look into the life and home of Pulitzer-prize winning author Eudora Welty. The home and gardens are available for tours, but reservations must be made in advance.

Science fans will be captivated by the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, which houses an expansive theater; one of the best equipped in the entire world. Students will enjoy watching IMAX films, as well as explore the numerous activities and attractions within the Planetarium. It’s a must-see when you visit Jackson, Mississippi.

The Jackson Zoo will offer a glimpse into the heart of the outdoors. Students will absolutely love viewing hundreds of rare and endangered species. The zoo has been open since 1919, and new exhibits and attractions are constantly being added.

Art fanatics should make it a point to stop by the Mississippi Museum of Art, which houses over 4,000 works of art. There are several exhibits within the museum, including an exhibit which details the history of Mississippi through artwork – it’s a beautiful representation of the historic importance behind the state.

For a truly unique experience, The Alamo Theater provides an interesting look at the cinematic history of Jackson. The theater has been renovated several times, and now houses 524 seats available for renting.

In addition to normal cinema, the theater also served as a stage for performance art. The building serves as a reminder of the history of film and performing arts in Jackson, and should definitely be on the itinerary.

Whatever you decide to do in Jackson, Mississippi, you will be in for the learning experience of a lifetime. Few people are aware of the historical significance this city has to offer, but the numerous galleries, museums, and attractions serve as a reminder of how ancient and important the city truly is.

If you’re interested in a comprehensive look at the history of Mississippi, there’s no better place to visit than the capital itself.