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Mississippi Museum of Natural Science to open new exhibit this Saturday

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The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science has announced that a new exhibit will be opening this coming weekend.

Visitors will be able to discover how things move by land, sea, and air by exploring “From Here to There,” the new traveling exhibit open from Saturday, January 28 through Sunday, May 7 at the museum in Jackson.

Guests will have the opportunity to lift, launch, and levitate as they experiment with hands-on adventures that make learning about gravity, friction, and the laws of motion fun. Exhibits include riding a hovercraft to experience how air pressure works, floating a sailboat to experiment with the effects of wind, using heat to launch a colorful hot air balloon, and operating an authentic canal-lock system to move a boat from one water level to the next.

Those who participate can also experiment with pneumatics, pulleys, hydraulics, and levers to see what kind of mechanical advantage works best. Plus, they can explore the museum’s outdoor Dinosaur Trail and take Spotter’s Adventure Trail to the LeFleur’s Bluff Playground.  

“It’s about transportation, but it’s also about Newton’s Laws, and it’s very kid-friendly,” Nichole Smith, the museum’s Project Specialist, said of the coming exhibit on SuperTalk Outdoors with Ricky Mathews. “So, whether you’re six-years-old or sixty-six, I think you’re going to have something to get out of this one. It’s a lot of fun.”

The Rochester Museum & Science Center of Rochester, NY, and the Sciencenter of Ithaca, NY, developed “From Here to There” as part of the Traveling Exhibits at Museums of Science (TEAMS) collaborative. The exhibit is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.  

Admission is included with MMNS Foundation Membership or the museum fee of $8 for adults, $6 for youth ages 3-18, and $7 for senior citizens ages 60 and up. For more information, click here

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