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
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  • Dec 15, 2017

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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  • Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017

Presented by WINGS Performing Arts, the classic animated television special by Charles Schultz, A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.‘Twas the Week After Christmas is a hilarious and heartwarming story about what happens when the North Pole loses the Christmas Spirit. It’s been years since the Elves and Reindeer have gotten along. The Reindeer egos are high and Elves’ productivity is low. Will a week of vacation help remind the Elves and Reindeer what Christmas is all about?

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  • Dec 17, 2017

Looking for something fun to do with holiday guests in town? Bring the family and decorate a gingerbread house together without all the mess. We provide the fresh and tasty unassembled gingerbread house pieces, frosting and all of the edible decorations. Hot cocoa, cookies, and holiday music will make this a memorable family experience. 

Space is limited. Registration is required.

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  • Dec 29, 2017

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

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  • Dec 31, 2017

Join Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for a New Year's Celebration! There will be lots going – music, snacks, a New Year’s craft, falling confetti, and a ball drop at two.

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  • Jan 7, 2018 - Jan 9, 2018

Auditions are open to children in K-6th grade. This clever and surprisingly sophisticated take on Dr. Seuss’ tales of Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and other tales will be an exciting adventure for all. .

Please prepare 16 bars of a song. Students will also be asked to read from the script. Production dates are March 13-18, 2018.

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  • Jan 14, 2018

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 event includes modifications of a less crowded environment and light and sound reduction.

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  • Jan 15, 2018

To celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the diversity in our community, LMDC will offer ongoing activities all day. During the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, guests will have a chance to participate in a variety of crafts and activities included with Museum admission.

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  • Jan 19, 2018

It’s a fishy kind of night in the LMDC kitchen. Come enjoy treats and Pout-pout Fish. Make a special craft about our fish friend. You never know who might swim in to have his picture taken. Menu includes Starfish jelly sandwich, Seaweed kabob, Fish in the water, and Blue fish cupcake.

Advance registration required on, or by calling 228-897-6039.

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  • Jan 20, 2018 - Jan 27, 2018

Mr. Fish will visit LMDC! We are going to read The Pout-Pout Fish books, sing songs, and swim along with the Pout-Pout Fish as he discovers being glum and spreading “Dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny.

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  • Jan 26, 2018

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

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  • Mar 2, 2018

Get ready to boogie 80's style! It's the best 80's party ever and LMDC's biggest fundraiser. Listen to an 80's DJ playing all your old school favorites while dining on local food. Participate in a sweet silent auction, coolest costume contest and much more. Proceeds benefit The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.

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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