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. 

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 www.LMDC.org.

Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm.

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 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 2–400. The Grounds offer six acres with beautiful oak trees and a breeze from the Gulf. Use of the grounds includes The Pavilion, and The Tree Houses - access to the actual museum is not available. Weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and company gatherings are just a few examples of events that can be hosted 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. Your guests will have a enjoy attending a cocktail reception inside this unique venue and on the grounds.
  • Largest Room 4200
  • Reception Capacity 400
  • Theatre Capacity 400
  • Audiovisual equipment on-site
  • Days & Times Available for Rental
  • Catering services on-site
  • Furniture available on-site
  • Linens Available on-site
  • Outdoor access (Patio, Gazebo, etc.)
  • Banquet Capacity 400
  • Number of Rooms 3
  • Classroom Capacity 400

Enjoy the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center free from 5pm to 8pm on the last Friday of every month!

Calling all pint size revelers. Get into the Mardi Gras spirit and paint your very own Mardi Gras canvas! We will paint a festive Mardi Gras mask design on an 8x10 canvas and snack on King Cake. All supplies, instruction and clean up are included.

Great for ages 6 and up.

Sensory Sundays 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 free event includes modifications of a less crowded environment and light and sound reduction. Free admission is made possible thanks to Gulf Coast Community Foundation – Anthony Dartez Education Fund.

Join us for “TACO TUESDAY” LMDC style for plant based whole foods tacos! We’ll be experimenting with sauces, fillings, slaws, and TONS of flavors! Bring your favorite beers from south of the border and enjoy this interactive hands on class! This class is vegan and gluten free friendly. Preregister online at www.lmdc.org or by calling (228)897-6039.

Lauren Turner Christy is a plant-based, whole foods chef whose passion is creating nutritious family meal prep options and teaching her community how to prepare these dishes at home. With over 15 years experience in the restaurant industry, along with 5 years experience as a high school history teacher, this class is sure to be fun as well as informational.

The Best of Bugs: Desinging Hand Pollinators
Students become agricultural engineers as they test a variety of materials, then engineer their own technologies for pollinating plants by hand.

Who: Suitable for grades 1-5

Engineering is Elementary Science Saturday include one activity from the EiE units and present fun, engaging engineering challenges that allow students to apply science knowledge in meaningful ways.

This large-cast musical features a variety of charming school and sea-creature characters who admire the famous Rainbow Fish, the most beautiful fish in all the ocean.  When Rainbow Fish refuses to share his vibrant, shimmering scales, the whole ocean seems to turn against the vain creature.  Unhappy that no one adores him anymore, the Rainbow Fish seeks out the wise Octopus, whose tentacles can also be played by separate actors.  Octopus helps the young fish learn that it’s far better to be admired for being kind than for being beautiful. With a bubbly, energetic score and a script that invites wonderful creativity and flexibility, the universal message at the heart of this one-of-a-kind musical becomes much more than just a simple children’s story.

In 2020, LMDC is taking their annual fundraiser, Boogie Night, in a new direction. We’re stepping back from our usual 80s theme into the elegance and excitement of the roaring twenties! Get ready for Coast big band music, bourbon bar, flappers, fabulous 20’s fashion and a Gatsby-style grand time!

This adult FUNdraiser raises funds to help support exhibits and programming for both the museum and our WINGS Performing Arts program. With support from friends like you, Boogie Night has grown by leaps and bounds. This year, we expect to draw over 400 guests! Don’t miss it!

Sensory Sundays 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 free event includes modifications of a less crowded environment and light and sound reduction. Free admission is made possible thanks to Gulf Coast Community Foundation – Anthony Dartez Education Fund.

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