Lake Terrace began as a dream shared by a few Pine Belt community leaders. Their vision was a place that could handle the largest and most sophisticated events, while showcasing Hattiesburg’s hospitality and quality of life. Lake Terrace Convention Center combines the beauty of nature, unrivaled service and attention to detail, refined Southern hospitality, and leading-edge technology to offer clients a distinctive venue for a variety of special events.
The Hattiesburg Zoo has been an iconic tourist attraction since 1950, with the HCC taking its reins in 2009. Here you will find exhibits, animals, and inspiring opportunities that further the public’s appreciation, respect, and knowledge of nature through educational and recreational outlets.
In 2000, The Saenger underwent a complete renovation that restored the historic building to its former splendor. It has since become a celebrated fixture in the heart of historic downtown. Here you can enjoy a wide variety of shows while sipping expertly crafted cocktails under the Saenger’s iconic chandelier.
The Hattiesburg Convention Commission’s Sixth Street Museum District emerged, as the development of the East Sixth Street area of downtown Hattiesburg continued to grow. The addition of the Oseola McCarty House Museum, a Longleaf Trace rails-to-trails spur, expansion of the African American Military History Museum, and other historic preservation efforts are underway within the District.
In addition to its national-quality exhibits, the African American Military History Museum showcases the history and important role of the African American soldier through special events, field trips, and community outreach programs. Along with its national reputation amongst history buffs and museum professionals, the Museum is a favorite site for special military events, including investiture and retirement ceremonies.
The restoration of Historic Eureka School has involved a phased building renovation that was completed in the fall of 2018 for the purpose of reusing the building as an African American Heritage and Cultural Museum and interpretive center for the Civil Rights Movement, particularly the activities of Freedom Summer 1964.
Work began in December of 2016 to purchase and relocate the home and workplace of Oseola McCarty, internationally-renowned philanthropist. Her home was purchased by the Commission and relocated to the Sixth Street Museum District in August, 2019. McCarty’s home is currently being transformed into a museum space, preserving and honoring this local icon’s legacy.
Peer into the window of Hattiesburg’s Pocket Museum! We can guarantee that our “exhibits” will be ever-changing, sometimes cute, sometimes weird, but always interesting! Our wish is that you visit us often and by discovering Mississippi’s tiniest museum, you are moved to explore the side streets, back alleys, dirt roads, and nooks and crannies of our city and state with wild abandon and unlimited curiosity…because you never know what’s around the next corner!
This once-bustling pharmacy was a hub for families in the Mobile-Bouie neighborhood for 55 years with its soda fountain and retail store, in addition to its medical supplies. Smith Drug Co., founded by Hammond Smith, also served as a location for voter registration during the civil rights era, as African Americans were fighting for equality. The building sat vacant for many years, but will soon have new life and become an integral part of our Sixth Street Museum District.