Back To The Museum: JXN Attractions Reopen

Little Miss Jackson Hospitality Kaylen McKenzie, MCM’s Susan Garrard and Miss Jackson Hospitality Jennifer Gray with the museum’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s exhibit.

With summer in full swing, parents will be happy to note that most JXN museums have reopened with precautionary measures in place. As well, adults will be enthralled with finally being able to experience “Mississippi Distilled” at the Two Museums or “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times” at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Here is a rundown of what we know as it pertains to our local attractions (note, a citywide facial covering mandate is in effect until further notice). Visit each museum’s individual website (linked) to understand specific procedures at each location.

Van Gogh’s “The Wheat Field Behind St. Paul’s Hospital”

Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) – now open
The long-awaited “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times” exhibition has been extended through January 11, 2021. In a recent interview for My City TV, MMA’s Executive Director Betsey Bradley said a fall outdoor exhibition (yet to be determined) is also planned.

Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) – now open
With the new “Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: Secrets of the Sewer” traveling exhibit in full swing, MCM is again welcoming visitors.

Mississippi Museum of Natural Sciencenow open
An interactive exhibition based on the Nat Geo WILD series “Monster Fish,” showcases the results of Dr. Zeb Hogan’s decade-long search for the world’s largest freshwater fish through December 31, 2020. New policies include timed arrival reservations, required wearing of masks by employees and visitors, removal of most touchable objects, postponement of in-person events, and other health and safety procedures.

Mississippi Distilled

Two Mississippi Museumsnow open
“Mississippi Distilled: Prohibition, Piety, and Politics,” an immersive exhibition exploring the state’s tumultuous relationship with alcohol from the colonial period to today, has opened. On this date both the history and Civil Rights museums also reopen to the public.

The museum is limiting the number of visitors that will be allowed in the Museum at any one time.

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame now open
Following similar guidelines as many other museums, the Sports Hall will not admit anyone with a temperature of 100 or higher and will provide a sanitized pen with stylus to use on touchscreen games and kiosks.

Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museumnow open
The “Ag Museum” is following the regulations, orders and guidelines in accordance to the Governor’s mandate to ensure safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing is required throughout the campus, personal protective equipment (PPE) is required and hand sanitizer is provided.

The newly-unveiled Children’s Barnyard has welcomed several new additions during the Museum’s closure, including three goat kids and four newborn lambs.

International Museum of Muslim Culturesnow open
According to a Facebook post on July 14, the IMMC is open at the Arts Center of Mississippi with “face masks, sanitizer and deep cleaning” for “a safe, socially-distanced tour of our exhibits,” Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm. Saturday & Sundays, the museum is open by appointment only. The museum’s “Muslims with Christians & Jews: Covenants & Coexistence” special exhibition at 101 East Capitol Street is also open, Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm and Sundays, 1-5 pm.

Additional museums and attractions are linked at visitjackson.com.

Each attraction is individually linked in its title. Visit their websites to learn more about additional regulations and for any changes that may come after the publish date of this post.