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Governor Bryant and MDAH Announce Opening Day and Bicentennial Celebration

For Immediate Release
October 18, 2017
Stephenie Morrisey

Governor Bryant and MDAH Announce
Opening Day and Bicentennial Celebration

Governor Phil Bryant and MDAH director Katie Blount announced the schedule for the opening celebration for the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday, December 9, at 11 a.m.

“I am delighted that our celebration of Mississippi's Bicentennial will conclude with a day of historic significance,” said Governor Phil Bryant. “Opening on December 9, the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will be world-class facilities attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to our state. Join us for a day of family festivities, food, and Mississippi music.”

The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with an opening ceremony in front of the two museums on Entergy Plaza. The ribbon cutting will follow, and ticketed entry to the museums will begin. Visit now to reserve free timed tickets. Live music featuring Doug Williams of the Williams Brothers, Heart Society featuring Teneia and Ben, Nissan Choir, Madison Central High School Brass Quintet, and the Bicentennial Choir will perform on the plaza throughout the day. Steve Azar and the Kingsmen will close out the celebration. Food trucks will be on site throughout the day.

“Admission to the museums is free Saturday and Sunday, but people will need to go online to reserve timed tickets,” said MDAH director Katie Blount. “We anticipate a very large crowd on opening weekend, and we want to get as many people into the museums as possible.”

The Museum of Mississippi History will explore the entire sweep of the state’s history, from earliest times to the present. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will focus on the period 1945 to 1976 and tell the story of the struggle for equal rights and fair treatment under the law.

The Mississippi Legislature provided $90 million to build the two museums. Donors gave an additional $18 million for exhibits and endowments. Construction began in 2013, after more than seven hundred people—including civil rights leaders, school children and four Mississippi governors—gathered for groundbreaking. Beginning December 12, regular museum hours will be Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, 1–5 p.m. General admission prices will be $8 per museum and $12 for both museums. Learn more about the museums at and