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.