Interactive Mississippi Museum Pays Homage to Sports Stars

Reed Travel Features

JACKSON, Miss. -- Looks like this town has taken Cooperstown, N.Y., straight into the 21st century.

The new Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum here not only pays homage to the greats of baseball (as well as football, basketball, soccer, golf and tennis), but it does so via the latest in interactive technology.

Historical artifacts are displayed in the 21,500-square-foot facility through touch-screen kiosks, enabling visitors to access more than 850 interviews as well as biographical and achievement data.

A multimedia theater presentation showcases the legends (both historical and modern) of the sports world, narrated by ABC/ESPN anchor Robin Roberts.

Through interactive technology, museum visitors can tee up and play a selection of championship golf courses, pitch a game of baseball or take penalty kicks against a soccer goalie.

Sports fans also can try their talents as game announcers in the museum's press box, where they have the opportunity to sit behind the microphone and make the call on some of the greatest plays made by Mississippi sports heroes.

The facility also has a conference center with audiovisual equipment and a fully-equipped kitchen for banquets and meetings.

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is located a quarter-mile east of I-55 between the Smith Wills baseball stadium and the Jim Buck Ross Agricultural and Forestry Museum, making it especially appealing for motorcoach tours.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 on Sundays.

Admission is $5 for adults; $3.50 for seniors and children.

The group rate (12 guests or more) is $3 per person; the driver and escort are admitted free. Group tours are welcomed with a reception.

The facility is accessible to travelers with disabilities and offers free parking for buses.

For more information, call the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum at (800) 280 FAME; fax (601) 982-4702.

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