Living & Playing


Destinations

Downtown is home to historic sites, galleries, performance venues and 4 state-of-the-art museums with special exhibits providing year-round cultural attractions, drawing 230,000 visitors each year. Although cultural attractions are found throughout Downtown, many are conveniently clustered in the Arts District adjacent to the Jackson Convention Complex.

Performance Halls

Thalia Mara Hall

Thalia Mara Hall, the city’s auditorium, seats 2,362 and showcases a variety of events including plays, concerts, Broadway musicals, and performances by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.
Thalia Mara Hall | 255 E. Pascagoula Street | 601-960-1537

Alamo Theater

The Alamo Theater was built in the early 1940s. The theater seats 406 and hosts various arts and music events.
Alamo Theater | 333 N. Farish Street | 601-291-6587

Arts Center of Mississippi

The Arts Center of Mississippi, a division of the City of Jackson’s Department of Human and Cultural Services, is situated in the Arts District adjacent to the Jackson Convention Complex and fulfills its mission to serve as host venue to art and cultural organizations by providing office and classroom space.
Arts Center of Mississippi | 201 E. Pascagoula Street | 601-960-1537

Museums & Historic Houses

International Museum of Muslim Cultures

The International Museum of Muslim Cultures celebrates the contributions Muslims have made to the city of Jackson, the state of Mississippi, the region, the nation, and the world. In educating the public about the diversity of the area's cultural and religious heritage, the Museum describes the Muslim experience and places it in context with other cultural and religious groups. The Museum is located in the Arts District.

International Museum of Muslim Cultures | 201 E. Pascagoula Street | 601-960-0440

Mississippi Museum of Art

Mississippi’s largest art museum—54,000 square feet— displays works from its permanent collection year round as well as nationally recognized touring exhibitions. The word “museum” is an understatement for this remarkable institution, which features a magnificent Art Garden, Palette Café, Museum Store, extensive educational programming for adults and children, and welcoming meeting spaces. Located in the heart of the Arts District and adjacent to the Convention District, they connect and foster performing and fine arts while providing an awesome respite for visitors and locals alike. 

Mississippi Museum of Art | 380 S. Lamar Street | 601-960-1515

Old Capitol Museum

When it was built in 1839, the massive limestone exterior, copper dome, and grand interior spaces made the Old Capitol the most distinguished building in Mississippi. The building served as the statehouse until 1903. The Old Capitol now serves as a free museum focusing on the distinguished history of the building and the events that have taken place in it. Interactive multimedia exhibits explore the roles of the legislature, governor, and high court, as well as the importance of historic preservation to the state, the activities that took place in the building after the New Capitol was constructed in 1903, and much more.

Old Capitol Museum | 100 S. State Street | 601-576-6920

Governor’s Mansion
The Mississippi Governor's Mansion is the second oldest continuously occupied governor's residence in the United States. In 1975, it was designated a National Historic Landmark, making it at that time one of only two state gubernatorial residences to receive this honor. The Mansion is the official residence of the governor. It also is a historic structure that is available for public tours and occasional receptions and special events. The Governor’s Mansion is considered to be one of the finest examples of Greek Revival style in the country.

Governor's Mansion | 300 E. Capitol Street | 601-359-6421

Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center

The Museum is housed in the former Smith Robertson School, the first public school built for African Americans in Jackson. The school opened in 1894 and served the African-American community until 1971. Through art, artifacts, and photography, the work, lifestyle, and artistic contributions of African Americans are celebrated, evoking a greater understanding of the African-American experience in the Deep South. Smith Robertson Museum is located in the Farish Street Historic District.

Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural Center | 528 Bloom Street | 601-960-1457

State Capitol

The building was erected on the site of the old state penitentiary and was designed by Theodore Link, an architect from St. Louis, Missouri. The State Capitol cost $1,093,641 dollars and was completed in 1903. The Beaux Arts style building was designed to house all branches of the Mississippi state government. Currently, only the Legislature and the executive branches are housed in the building. The Hall of Governors, portraits of Mississippi's governors since the creation of the Mississippi Territory in 1798, is on display on the first floor. The Mississippi State Capitol is designated a Mississippi landmark building and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

State Capitol | 400 High Street | 601-359-3114

Parks & Grounds

The Art Garden
This 1.2 acre park, where community and culture convene, is the cornerstone of the Downtown Jackson Arts District. It features ornamental gardens, quiet paths, playful and serene fountains, performance areas, and remarkable art installations. Excellent for large group events and/or personal reflection. 
Mississippi Museum of Art | 380 S. Lamar Street | 601-960-1515

Farish Street Park
Farish Street Park | 402 Farish Street | 601-960-1848

Smith Park

Smith Park is the only park left from the original city plan. The park serves as a meeting space for receptions and reunions and hosts numerous community events that draw thousands each year to Downtown. Smith Park lies next to the Governor’s Mansion, Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle and Galloway United Methodist Church.

Smith Park | 302 E. Amite Street | 601-960-1848

State Capitol Grounds

The grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol, a designated Mississippi landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is cloaked in majestic ginkgo trees and hosts a multitude of events from official events of the State of Mississippi to community gatherings.

State Capitol | 400 High Street | 601-359-3114

Old Capitol Grounds
Since 1839, this historic spot has provided valuable green space for Downtown Jackson. After the Old Capitol was restored to its grandeur in 2009, the grounds of the building began hosting concerts and family friendly events like Red, White and Jackson and Gathering on the Green.
Old Capitol Museum | 100 S. State Street | 601-576-6920

Art Galleries

Light and Glass Studio

Light and Glass Studio is both the working studio and gallery for glass artist Jerri Sherer and photographer Roy Adkins. The gallery also shows work of other Mississippi artists. Light and Glass Studio opened in the spring of 2006 as a joint venture of husband and wife, Roy Adkins and Jerri Sherer.  The studio is located in the Old Capitol Green district. Clients of the Studio include Toyota, Krystal’s, Southwest Airlines, The Nature Conservancy, Mississippi Museum of Art, Downtown Jackson Partners, Mississippi Arts Commission and many more.

Light & Glass Studio | 523 Commerce Street | 601-942-7285

Mississippi Museum of Art

Mississippi’s largest art museum—54,000 square feet— displays works from its permanent collection year round as well as nationally recognized touring exhibitions. The word “museum” is an understatement for this remarkable institution, which features a magnificent Art Garden, Palette Café, Museum Store, extensive educational programming for adults and children, and welcoming meeting spaces. Located in the heart of the Arts District and adjacent to the Convention District, they connect and foster performing and fine arts while providing an awesome respite for visitors and locals alike.

Mississippi Museum of Art | 380 S. Lamar Street | 601-960-1515

Russell C. Davis Planetarium
Russell C. Davis Planetarium
 is a theatre built primarily for presenting educational and entertaining shows regarding astronomy or for training in celestial navigation. A dominant feature of a planetarium is the large dome-shaped projection screen where scenes of stars, planets and other celestial objects appear and simulate the “motions of the heavens'. These systems can display the sky at any point in time: past, present or future and show the night sky as it would appear from any location on Earth.

Russell C. Davis Planetarium | 201 E. Pascagoula Street | 601-960-1552

  Destination Listings Address Phone Number
1 Alamo Theater 333 N. Farish Street 601-291-6587
2 Arts Center of Mississippi 201 E. Pascagoula Street 601-960-1537
3 Farish Street Park 402 Farish Street 601-960-1848
4 Governor’s Mansion 300 E. Capitol Street 601-359-6421
5 International Museum of Muslim Cultures 201 E. Pascagoula Street 601-960-0440
6 Light and Glass Studio 523 Commerce Street 601-942-7285
7 Mississippi Museum of Art 380 S. Lamar Street 601-960-1515
8 Mississippi Museum of Art 380 S. Lamar Street 601-960-1515
9 Old Capitol Grounds 100 S. State Street 601-576-6920
10 Old Capitol Museum 100 S. State Street 601-576-6920
11 Russell C. Davis Planetarium 201 E. Pascagoula Street 601-960-1552
12 Smith Park 302 E. Amite Street 601-960-1848
13 Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center 528 Bloom Street 601-960-1457
14 State Capitol 400 High Street 601-359-3114
15 State Capitol Grounds 400 High Street 601-359-3114
16 Thalia Mara Hall 255 E. Pascagoula Street 601-960-1537
17 The Art Garden 380 S. Lamar Street 601-960-1515