Jackson Mississippi Attractions

Mississippi's capital isn't known as a glamourous or trendy city, but visitors will find plenty to see and do in Jackson, making it a memorable visit. For those in search of deep history and a look back in time, Jackson will certainly not disappoint.

The fascinating history is evident in attractions like the Old Capitol Museum, an eye-catching and hands-on history made available through fun and interactive exhibits; the Farish Street Historic District, a historic neighbourhood in Jackson; the War Memorial Museum, offering history and architecture to marvel at, and the Eudora Welty House, the home of the notable author for nearly eighty years. The Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Centre is also a must-see, tracing African-American cultural history. So if it's history that tourists are after, Jackson is certainly the place to be.

The Jackson Zoo is also great for families with children, as is the Russell C Davis Planetarium, putting on regular Sky Shows on astronomy, astronauts, and space exploration. Downtown Jackson is also a great spot to explore and while fairly compact, visitors will find there are lots of attractions made accessible on a self-guided walking tour of the city. For those who enjoy a slow pace and a delightful Southern lifestyle, Jackson makes for a wonderful and historical destination.

Old Capitol Museum

Old Capitol Museum

Originally called State House, the Old Capitol building has filled three purposes in its long history. From 1839 to 1903 it served as the state capitol, between 1917 and 1959 it housed government offices, and from 1961 to the present it has become...  see full details

The Governor's Mansion

The Governor's Mansion

The Mississippi Governor's Mansion in downtown Jackson is the second oldest continuously occupied governor's residence in the United States. It was first occupied in 1842 by Governor Tilghman Tucker and his family, having just been built in the Greek revival style, the most popular...  see full details

Lots to see at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium

Russell C. Davis Planetarium

Jackson's impressive planetarium is one of the largest in the world, with a huge hemispheric wrap-around screen that presents regular Sky Shows on astronomy, astronauts, and space exploration. The planetarium, situated in the downtown cultural district, also presents laser light concerts featuring the music...  see full details

Mississippi Museum of Art

Mississippi Museum of Art

The State's largest art museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson houses more than 4,000 works, including the world's largest collection by Mississippi artists. With 75 percent of the permanent collection comprising of American artists, visitors will be able to view some of...  see full details

Farish Street Historical District

Farish Street Historical District

The 125-acre neighbourhood near downtown known as Farish District is bounded by Mill Street, Amite Street, Fortification Street, and Jackson Street. It is one of the few historically black districts, built by former slaves, listed on the national register. It takes its name from...  see full details

Memorial Arch at Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg National Military Park

The Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War: the campaign, siege, and defence of the city of Vicksburg, 44 miles (71km) west of Jackson in Mississippi. Vicksburg was under siege for 47 days in 1863...  see full details

Birthplace of Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley Birthplace

The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, was born in Tupelo, northern Mississippi in 1935 in a humble home where he began his meteoric rise to fame. The simple two-room house where Elvis drew his first breath is now contained in a...  see full details

 The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1932 by Francis Cook, and to this day, remains the Magnolia State's largest museum. A passionate student of Mississippi's natural resources, Cook's vision was to establish a museum that would focus on the promotion and...  see full details

The Eudora Welty House in Jackson, Mississippi.

Eudora Welty House

One of America's most influential writers, Eudora Welty lived for 76 years at 1119 Pinehurst Plaza in Jackson, before bequeathing the house to the State of Mississippi when she passed away in 2001. The beautiful, Tudor Revival-style house was built by Welty's parents in...  see full details