JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A groundbreaking ceremony has been held
for the $24.5 million Mississippi Children's Museum.
The museum is scheduled to open in early 2010. It will be
located at LeFleur's Bluff State Park in Jackson.
Organizers say more than $19 million has been comitted to the
museum's capital campaign. Fundraising is ongoing for the planned
The museum will have five major themes: heritage, literacy,
health and nutrition, cultural arts and science and technology.
Junior League of Jackson president Renee Ebner said on Friday
that the project will give Mississippi students a valuable learning
resource and be a major tourist attraction.
The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration is
overseeing the construction bidding process, and bids will be
opened on Thursday.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)