The Mississippi Children’s Museum(MCM) has announced the site for the planned Mississippi Children’s Museum-Meridian.
The museum will be located at 403 22nd Avenue, which is the current location of the old Sears department store.
In October the Riley Foundation joined the Phil Hardin Foundation as a supporter of the project with a grant of $4 million.
The MCM-M will serve the children of East Mississippi with the new state-of-the-art facility as the signature project of the Phil Hardin Foundation.
Executive Director, Lloyd Gray said , “The Phil Hardin Foundation recognized early-on that this project will have a tremendously positive impact for children across the
socioeconomic spectrum in our community and region. We need to do all we can to stimulate and enhance learning for all children, but especially for those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to the type of enrichment experiences the Children’s Museum will provide. This investment is at the heart of the Hardin Foundation’s educational mission and purpose.”
The Riley Foundation President and Treasurer, Marty Davidson, also spoke to their recent grant, “The mission of the Riley Foundation is to improve the quality of life in Lauderdale County. Today, the Riley Foundation is making a four-milliondollar
grant, to the Mississippi Children’s Museum, that will improve the quality of life for our children, and grandchildren, for many generations to come.”
The Wier Boerner Allin architectural firm has been contracted to design the new museum which were unveiled at a press conference in Meridian.
Meridian Mayor Percy Bland commented on the project, stating “The City of Meridian is thrilled to work with the Mississippi
Children’s Museum on a project that will not only expand opportunities for Meridian’s youth, but also provide an opportunity for cultural and economic growth in our city.”
More information regarding the MCM-M project can be
found at mschildrensmuseum.org/meridian