Work crews have been busy building The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience on Front Street and 22nd Avenue in Meridian, with the architect estimating the museum, which aims to recognize the state’s arts and culture, to be about 20 percent complete.


Kristen Marshall of LPK Architects said parts of the steel structure need to be finished and the heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems need to be installed in the 58,000-square-foot museum.

Marshall joined MAXX staff, consultants and the project’s contractor for a tour of the in-progress building Tuesday, getting a good view of the museum’s massive rotunda, where exhibits featuring its hall of fame will be displayed, and the second floor, which will be filled with interactive displays.

 The inaugural hall of fame class, which will include 17 Mississippi artists, will be announced Thursday at a press conference at the State Capitol in front of legislators, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and Governor Phil Bryant. The artists cover five categories, ranging from actors and writers to musicians, visual artists and television personalities. The museum is projected to be finished this fall and will open in early 2018.