What began as a small art association?originally assembled to organize an exhibit of local art?eventually blossomed into a full-scale museum as its art collection grew. Today, works by world-renowned artists share space with masterpieces by Mississippians in a museum committed to making the visual arts more accessible for the community at large.?
The Building: After decades in its original location, the museum was moved to a new space in 2007. A transparent door and entryway enables outsiders to see the visitors inside the space, a play on the museum's mission to make it a "museum without walls."
Permanent Mainstay: The Mississippi Story celebrates art by Mississippians and includes photos by Eudora Welty, 280 works by William Hollingsworth, and a collection of 77 quilts.
Don't Miss: 19th-century portraits by British artists Thomas Lawrence and Thomas Sully; works by master artists Picasso, Mir?, Chagall, and Rembrandt; as well as a collection of pre-Columbian artifacts.
In the Open Air: Outside the museum, take a stroll through the Art Garden, more than an acre of green space peppered with outdoor art installations and a performance stage.
Past Exhibits: Spacious Skies featured 14 painted or drawn landscapes culled from the permanent collections of such artists as John Sloan, Will Henry Rivers, Elaine Galen, as well as the museum's first painting, William P. Silva's The Shower.
Pro Tip: At the monthly workshop Look and Learn with Hoot, kids develop the skills for art literacy through an art activity and story time.
Special Programs: Almost 30 affiliate museums throughout the state regularly feature artwork from the museum's permanent collection.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Wedgewood Golfers' Club and North Creek Golf Course integrate the scenic landscapes of northern Mississippi into their par 72 layouts, taking golfers across rolling hills and rippling waterways.
The North Creek course's bermuda-grass fairways weave along the edges of Horn Lake Creek with a relatively open layout and mounded terrain that channels the links-style charm of golf's Scotch-Irish forebears. Slightly easier than its counterpart, North Creek caters to clubbers of all stripes with four tee options and optional bumper greens.
North Creek Golf Course at a Glance:
Cleaved through a combination of dense tree lines and intervening ponds, The Wedgewood course's bermuda-grass fairways sprawl across 6,863 yards of arduous terrain. With trees hugging most holes, and water hazards kissed against the underside of two doglegged fairways, the course frequently forces players into tough course-management decisions, such as when to smash a driver, when to play lay-up with a three-wood, and how to coerce fellow golfers into giving you unlimited mulligans. Though challenging from the back tees, the course's inventive layout is forgiving enough for players of all abilities.
Wedgewood Golfers' Club at a Glance:
At Gattitown, a vast buffet quells the hungers caused by romping through up to 10,000 square feet of violence-free arcade games, bumper cars, and mini bowling. Before meals, kids scurry between more than 150 exciting games, including virtual-reality racing and tax-filing simulations. In the bumper-car arena, wee ones determine driving dominance by crashing and cruising around a spacious floor. Players then hone their underhand tosses with mini bowling and skee-ball, shooting for tickets to spend on doodads, gadgets, and teddy-bear ransoms inside the Gatti goods store.
Designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art exalts the work of George E. Ohr, a ceramic artist and moustache enthusiast known as the "Mad Potter of Biloxi." After it was destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, the campus reopened in 2010 amidst a grove of ancient live-oak trees, featuring a series of six aesthetically impressive pavilions that include a welcome center, a gallery of African-American art, and an interpretive center inside a reconstruction of the house of emancipated craftsman Pleasant Reed. Current exhibitions include collections from some of the art world's biggest names, including Andy Warhol and ceramic sculptor Jun Kaneko, as well as selections from Ohr's Gulf Coast collection, which inspired the American Modernist movement and several MLB baseball teams to wear ceramic pots instead of baseball hats.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Redemption Games and Arcade
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Purchase your game card ($1) and load it with game cash to use at any of our games and attractions.
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
We offer the only outdoor laser-tag experience in Mississippi. The course is tucked away in a small wooded space near our go-kart area and immerses the customers in a great woodland adventure game. Along with that course, players can also participate in Airsoft matches.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our birthday parties give groups more options than any other facility in a 50-mile radius. Between mini golf, go-karts, and outdoor laser tag, we have tons of options for kids to participate in on top of using the game money they receive to play in the arcade. We have private rooms for cake and pizza, and our staff is very helpful in providing the parents with whatever they need to help make it a special day for the birthday boy or girl.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
I have really enjoyed the variety that we provide. No one else can offer as many options for games and activities as we can. The Park at North Hills is a one-stop shop for the entire family because we offer so much that appeals to each age group.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
For being a relatively small area, we have packed as much as possible into that space. We have countless outdoor activities including mini-golf, batting cages for baseball and softball, go-karts, outdoor laser tag and Airsoft. Inside, we feature party rooms, arcade games, redemption games, and pool tables. Our facility offers a lot of bang for the space.