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 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
  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

  • Apr 29, 2017

This class is hosted by Harrah’s Gulf Coast and Magnolia House by Kelly English. Kelly English is a James Beard Award semifinalist and was named Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine in 2009. English’s reputation proceeds him, thanks in part two of his award-winning restaurants, Restaurant Iris and The Second Line. Both are both in Memphis, TN, and have created quite a stir on the local culinary scene. Chef Josh Mitchell leads the Magnolia House team in its daily operations, and was hand-selected and trained by English. He looks forward to wowing you with a menu “rich in flavors from Southern-Louisiana,” all taken from the Magnolia House menu. Come prepared for a hands on class and then enjoy a Kelly English inspired meal. 

  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

  • May 2, 2017 - May 23, 2017

Developed by Museum of Science in Boston, the mission is to foster engineering and  technological literacy among elementary-aged children. Kat Hamiter, a retired Science teacher with 30 years of teaching experience, will be leading our program sessions.

Who: Suitable for grades 1-5

Solid as a Rock: Replicating an Artifact
Students are Materials Engineers as they explore the rock cycle and the properties of different rocks. They imaging themselves as archaeologists tasked by a museum to replicate a petroglyph so they must analyze the properties of rocks and human-made materials then reflect on how processing affects these materials.

Sponsored by: The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation 

Classes will be limited to 30 per class.

  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave, Gulfport

  • May 6, 2017

Join Mississippi food writer and photographer Julian Brunt and partner Kim Wilson as they welcome guest Dr. Marie Leonard. She is a French sociologist busy writing a book about social issues in modern France, but  is an avid cook and a vegetarian to boot. She is from Provence, perhaps the culinary epicenter if Europe and todays menu is all about some of her favorite foods from home. We start with a classic pairing of goat cheese, and a crusty baguette, it’s about as simple a pairing as you might imagine, but with Marie’s special touches, delicious. We move on to a classic ratatouille, made with garden fresh onions, peppers, zucchinis, and tomatoes. We will end with a classic French dessert, madeleines, a buttery sponge cake you will never forget.

  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

  • May 7, 2017

LMDC is celebrating our 19th birthday! Join us for craft activities, face painting, Imagination Playground, and birthday cupcakes!  All birthday activities are included with museum admission. All birthday activities are included with museum admission.

  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

  • May 19, 2017

School’s almost out for summer and it is time to celebrate no more homework. Let’s kick off the summer with fun activities, music and crafts to bring in the lazy days of summer. Menu includes Teacher’s turkey pinwheels, Upper class cucumber bites, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream cone cupcakes and Strawberry ladybugs.

  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

  • May 26, 2017

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

  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

  • 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.

  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

  • 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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  • Categories: Attractions, Art & Historic

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