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

  • Oct 20, 2017

Let the fun begin! Join us for a spooky cooking extravaganza to celebrate Halloween! Come dressed in your costume for our costume parade and enjoy spooky crafts. Menu includes Frightful fruit kabobs, Mummy dogs, Wicked Witch cupcakes, & Ghoulish punch. Advance registration required on, or by calling 228-897-6039.

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  • Oct 27, 2017

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

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  • Oct 29, 2017

Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and have a family fun day. Enjoy trick-or-treating, play games, get your face painted and so much more! Concessions will be sold.

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  • Nov 3, 2017

Let the holiday’s begin! Join some of the Peanuts Gang in celebrating the simplest of Christmas joy with your family. We will be cooking, crafting and meeting Charlie Brown and some friends from our upcoming WINGS Performing Arts production A Charlie Brown Christmas. Good grief…don’t forget your camera to capture special memories with your family. Menu includes Pigs in Linus’ Christmas blanket, Sally’s Snack Stix, Snoopy’s “not really” Snow Dip, Charlie Brown’s Christmas lights cupcakes, and Lucy’s Holiday Lemonade. Advance registration required on, or by calling 228-897-6039.

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  • Nov 4, 2017

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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  • Nov 4, 2017 - Nov 6, 2017

Auditions are open to kids, 6th grade and up and parents!  All roles are open for audition. Please prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre or classical song.  You may use accompaniment tracks or sing a cappella. Please prepare a 1 minute monologue and be ready to read from the script. 

Production Dates are February 20, 22 and 23rd-25th.

Auditions:2pm-5pm, November 4 and 7:30pm-9pm November 6

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  • Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 12, 2017

Wonderland is a new Hip Hop play that explores the challenges of autism and celebrates those who are different but not less. Framed loosely by Alice in Wonderland join us for an incredible musical journey where audience and artist will understand and realize the potential of others who are different but not less. Featuring puppetry and masks and diverse multi-musical styles including spoken word and rap Wonderland invites all to join the adventure and take the first step in understanding autism. Suitable for middle school and up.

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  • Nov 24, 2017

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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