Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

246 Dolan Avenue

Gulfport, MS 39507

Phone: (228) 897-6039

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is much more than a children’s museum. It’s a place where children and adults of every age can imagine, create and have fun!

Just off the beach in Gulfport sits a colorful old school building, whimsical and welcoming, awaiting children to come and play. It’s Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Mississippi’s original children’s museum, and so much more. Follow the path through the towering live oaks, enter the bright blue door and get ready for an incredible family adventure.

Rising through the center of the facility is the Super Colossal Climbing Structure that acts as an axis for the other exhibits and lets children reach for the stars.

On the bottom floor, let the little ones loose in Bear Camp Bayou, a special place just for them. Hop aboard a train at Dolan Avenue Depot. Put their imaginations to work at The Port. And stop by the art studio to make a creative keepsake.

Travel upstairs to explore Africa and check into a historic hotel. Stop by the market for a few necessities and a lot of fun. Get excited about science with hands-on observations. Help them understand differences and disabilities at “What It’s Like To Be Me.”

Outside offers an equal amount of intrigue. Play house in the trees, tap a tune in the outdoor musical garden, and explore the tiny town of Kids Street.

Discover Your Wings is for aspiring young actors. Theatre workshops and productions seek to nurture the talent, spirit and leadership of children and youth.

Discover Our Clubs & Camps

Bear Cub Club is the ultimate play date for little tikes from new to five, and their adults. Storytelling, singing, dancing and interacting are guided by the program’s dedicated director.

When school’s out, camps are in - Seasonal camps offered to keep the kids busy with a variety of topics and activities.

Discover Your Inner Chef - During Tuesday night adult cooking classes, our Viking kitchen is filled with food, spirits and laughter as community chefs take the lead in creating a delicious feast. 

For more information on hours, admissions, field trips, memberships, donating, special events and other programs, go to

Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm  (**Thru Labor Day - After Labor Day Closed Mondays)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services honored Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children as one of 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. 

Facility Info
  • Description Lynn Meadows is the most unique venue for your special occasions or events! The Frank House, the Grounds and the Museum make this place the most MAGICAL place for any occasion. The area can accommodate from 2 – 600. House That Frank Built is the perfect unique venue for intimate events for up to 30 people. It has its own restroom facility and large open room with a wall of glass doors. The doors can be completely opened to the screened in porch to enjoy the Gulf breeze or the room is air-conditioned for warmer days. Bridesmaid’s luncheons or a cozy catered dinner for two to celebrate that special day are just a few events that would be perfect in the House That Frank Built ! The Grounds is well – just awesome! Six acres with beautiful oak trees and a wonderful breeze from the Gulf! Use of the Grounds includes the Gathering Space, The Pavilion, and The Tree Houses - Access to the actual museum is not available. This is the perfect place for that special occasion and most memorable! Weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and company gatherings are just a few examples that would be perfect for The Grounds ! Come play on the grounds! Discovery Center and Grounds has capacity for 300 indoor seating and 500 standing reception. When you rent both the grounds and the museum you get the use of the six acres as well as access to the museum. Bring out the child in all of us! Your guests will have a “blast” attending a cocktail reception inside this most unique of all venues - the museum! For the absolute, most awesome, ultimate experience for that special occasion – renting the museum and the grounds is a MUST!
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  • Jan 20, 2017

Join Pete in this precious kid’s hands on cooking class as we celebrate the letter “P”. Join in all the fun as we sing along with Pete the Cat, enjoy a yummy dinner and make a festive craft. Menu includes Pete’s Jam Sandwich, Pete’s Purr...fect fruit tart, Pete's Popcorn balls, and Pete’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

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  • Jan 21, 2017

Join us for a Pete the Cat story, singing, dancing & photos of Pete the Cat.

Performances: Jan 21 & 28 at 11am

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  • Jan 27, 2017

Enjoy the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center free from 5pm to 8pm!

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  • Feb 10, 2017

Enjoy making Valentine’s for your special someone and creating memories in the kitchen with your children. Menu includes Heart shaped toastie sandwiches, Strawberries, marshmallow, brownie kabobs, and a Cupids Cloud dessert and a Love potion to sip.

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  • Feb 24, 2017

Enjoy the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center free from 5pm to 8pm!

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  • Mar 10, 2017

Get ready to boogie...80's style! It's the best 80's party ever and our biggest fundraiser! An awesome 80's DJ playing all your old school favorites, fantabulous local food, a sweet silent auction, coolest costume contest and much more. Proceeds benefit The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.

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  • Apr 3, 2017

Sensory Friendly Day is an exclusive event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences to have a fun, enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. This exclusive event include the modifications of a less crowded environment and light and sound reduction.

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  • Nov 11, 2017

Tentative Date

This free event will be an educational fun-for-all afternoon that focuses on keeping our children safe in our community in all areas of life. Join us for interactive activities for kids, information for adults, safety tips, prizes and much more! Come dressed as your favorite Superhero for an awesome parade and prizes.  For more information call (228) 897-6039. Brought to you by JZ 94.5 and Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.

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  • Dec 3, 2017

Tentative Date

Join Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for our fourth annual event being held at Kids Street and On the Green! Visit with Santa, make ornaments, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, face painting, performance by WINGS Performing Arts and more! This event is included with museum admission.

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$2 OFF Regular Admission! **Not Valid for $3 after 3pm, Military/Senior Rates, Special Events or Sundays Offer good for a