Mississippi Children's Museum construction underway

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Construction on the Mississippi Children's Museum in Meridian is underway.

Museum Executive Director Liz Wilson said the museum is the start of something big.

"It is fantastic to see the progress and the hard work of our community taking shape and the dirt actually moving and us knowing that this dream that started out about four years ago is now going to be reality," said Wilson.

Construction crews are on-site this week making way for the 20,000 square foot building.

"Our construction team has been on-site now for about a month doing some early site prep," said Wilson. "We will celebrate an official ground-breaking before the year is out."

Meridian native, Cindy Nester, says she recently passed the construction site and is now excited for what's to come.

"I have ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren so they're all excited about it and I think it would really be good for Meridian," said Nester.

The museum is expected to feature several different exhibits, designed to mix fun and education. That comes with a price tag.

Introduced in April, the "Take Flight Mississippi" challenge was created to help support the project by encouraging the community to raise $1 million for the cause.

"We have raised almost half of that and so we are able to go ahead and get started on the construction process," said Wilson. "We are still fundraising to get us to our goal so we're asking the community to still consider how they can pledge their support to this project."

To donate to the Mississippi Children's Museum, click the attached link.

The museum is expected to open in early 2021.