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 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

Join Chef David Dickensauge, Chef Alex Perry, Chef Austin Sumrall for a pop up like never before! 7 courses with wine pairings by Sommelier Jonathan Maisano and bread by baker Robby Holmes. Come out and explore the Gulf Coasts food culture while supporting a good cause!

Cocktails and Appetizers
Seven Courses with Wine Pairing
Ticket info www.lmdc.org

Proceeds of this pop up event will benefit the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center’s exhibits and programming.

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

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.

Upcoming 2018 dates: March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9

Rise up and sing! Lynn Meadows Discovery Center invites fans of Broadway’s blockbuster, Hamilton, An American Musical to gather and let their collective souls ring out during this family-friendly Hamiltunes: An American Sing-along. Wear your favorite Hamilton costume and sing-along with the amazing tracks from this wildly popular musical about a “scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America.”

Hamiltunes is free to the public, but donations are welcome. Costumes are encouraged! Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information call 228-897-6039.

Although this event is open to all, parents are reminded that some song lyrics contain explicit language and the play explores mature themes.

Don't miss this Groovy Event! Kids will have a blast painting Pete the Cat on an 8x10 canvas. We will read a book and have snacks too! Bring your camera for a special photo opportunity with Pete!

Great for ages 3 and up.

Join Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for a Pete the Cat story, singing, dancing & photos of Pete the Cat.

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.

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