The city of Jackson is the cultural center of Mississippi, and is home to several large museums including the Mississippi Museum of Art. For more than 100 years the museum has been the state’s repository and exhibitor of local, regional, national and international art, with works by state natives including William Dunlap and Walter Anderson. The Mississippi Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 5pm, and Sunday 12pm until 5pm. It is closed on Mondays. Adults are $5, seniors $5, students are $3 and children under five are free.

The Old Capitol Museum was originally called the State House, and it served as the capitol from 1839 until 1903, a state office building from 1917 until 1959, and since 1961 has been the state’s historical museum. It houses a collection of artifacts that reflect the diversity of the state, along with historical collections from the Native American period through the colonial era to the modern day.

The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion is open for tours. The second oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the United States, this building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1917. Built in 1839 the Greek Revival mansion survived the burning of Jackson during the American Civil War, and was renovated most recently in 1975 to reflect its historic past.