Mississippi Museum of Art

380 S Lamar St
Jackson MS 39201
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Opening Hours

  • Tue: 10am-5pm
  • Wed: 10am-5pm
  • Thu: 10am-5pm
  • Fri: 10am-5pm
  • Sat: 10am-5pm
  • Sun: 12pm-5pm

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Construction is complete on the newly renovated Mississippi Museum of Art, creating a beautiful new home for the Museum and its permanent collection of art. The renovation project, which took just under a year to complete, marks a historical day for Mississippi and its artistic legacy. Although the move from the Mississippi Arts Center to the new facility is small geographically, amounting to no more than a city block, it pushes the Museum light years ahead in terms of capabilities, technology, and the overall philosophy of what an art museum means to the community. The facility's brilliant architectural makeover reflects the museum's mission to become a symbolic museum without walls an inviting public space that offers relevant and meaningful cultural experiences to both the Jackson community and the state of Mississippi. The architecture of the Museum is a tangible manifestation of a philosophical mission. For many years, the mission of MMA was collecting, preserving and exhibiting art, a typical museum mission statement. However, when the board of Trustees of the Museum began to plan the building process more than five years ago, the mission was changed to engage Mississippians in the visual arts, a statement that focuses on community interaction and personal experience. The Architects, Glav and Holmes in Richmond, Virginia, and Dale & Associates locally, applied this new philosophical mission to the architecture of the building, creating a sleek, open design for the once-rectangular building. The museum lobby and entryway is filled with light through the use of a large amount of glass and by raising the roof of the entryway. Museum visitors plainly see not only the entrance to the Museum but other visitors inside the building, breaking down barriers and creating a transparent front door that makes everyone feel welcome. A vibrant caf with wireless Internet encourages visitors to sit and relax, and a newly-added front porch creates a welcoming and comfortable space that is, literally, the front porch of the downtown cultural district.