The Ella Sharp Museum, founded in 1965, offers programs, exhibits and experiences by preserving history, advancing art appreciation, and connecting children with science. Our mission focuses on providing opportunities to connect our community with history, science, and the arts.
Our 6-acre campus includes the Merriman Sharp farmhouse (Tours available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. - check in at the Ella Sharp Museum Information Desk), a one-room schoolhouse, a log cabin, barn and other historic structures that can be seen on our outdoor stroll through the grounds, the Hurst Planetarium and the Hadwin Center with exhibit galleries:
- Hurst Gallery: My Sky, funded by NASA and created through a partnership between Boston Children’s Museum and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The exhibit is an immersive and inspiring traveling exhibit designed to engage adults and children, ages 5 – 10, in early investigations of astronomical science. It is accompanied by a website, www.myskyexhibit.org that includes a tour of the universe, interesting facts about the Moon, Sun and stars, and offers ideas and resources that parents can use to practice science at home with their children.
- Director's Corner Gallery: includes a hands on creative station for all ages.
- Emmet Gallery: Stories in Art: A collection from the Jackson District Library.
- Pyron Gallery: Jackson & Space: An original exhibit detailing the history of the Peter F. Hurst Planetarium, the life of its primary benefactor and Jackson's unique contributions to space exploration.
- Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art: features paintings, wood carvings, taxidermy mounts, bronze sculptures, and prints. The artworks are from the collection of Andy and Sandy Andrews, longtime residents of Jackson and lifetime lovers of art.
- Jackson History Gallery: Learn about Jackson’s role in manufacturing, the railroad industry, state corrections, and the formation of the Republican party. View products that were made in our city, from Sparton radios, corsets, to automobiles. There’s much to learn about Jackson and the best place to start is here.
- Never Enough Time Gallery: Allen Spiess Jr., a local collector, provided funds to construct and furnish the Never Enough Time gallery space. Al is pleased to have the Ella in the Jackson community so that visitors can enjoy his collections and the collections of others. He hopes this will inspire others to donate or lend their collections to the Ella Sharp Museum for all to enjoy!
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