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JUNE 2020


“The museum we closed will not be the museum we reopen.” Those words are being spoken in nearly every museum across the country as we collectively come to terms with the depth of devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Mississippi Museum and William Faulkner’s historic home Rowan Oak are located in Oxford, Mississippi, removed from MORE...


The University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses is committed to the safety of our visitors and staff through these uncertain times. Both sites, Rowan Oak and the museum’s galleries, will remain closed until further notice. However, the grounds of Rowan Oak and the Bailey Woods Trail are open daily from dawn until dusk. We ask that any visitors practice appropriate social distancing while on the property.

The University of Mississippi has made the difficult decision to cancel all 2020 summer camps and conferences across campus. This includes our in-house summer camps and the annual Faulkner Conference. If you registered your child for a summer camp session, you’ll hear from education curator Stacy Bell in the coming weeks.

To stay up-to-date with the University’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit coronavirus.olemiss.edu.



This groundbreaking exhibit is currently on view virtually.

Brian Dettmer’s exhibit Hardcovers and Paperbacks, both memorializes the written word and reincarnates it. With great reverence, he has transformed books into sculptural works providing them with a new voice that pays homage to their former lives. MORE…

Image above Americana 54 (#1), 2013, by Brian Dettmer.

Check out the virtual exhibit of Theora Hamblett's Dreams and Visions series. Watch a video interview with Theora and find out more about these paintings which she considered to be her most important work. MORE ...

Image above: Angel's Request #2, 1956, by Theora Hamblett.

Southern Quilts highlights six women artists from the museum's collection of Southern Folk Art. MORE…

Image above: Turkey Tail Quilt, 1970, by Sadie Mae Blackburn.


At the University of Mississippi Museum, our staff aims to bring the Museum’s diverse collections to life for audiences of all ages. During these times of uncertainty, we at the UM Museum are striving to reach our audiences virtually! Explore our blog to find fun and educational art activities, learn about future events, and view our virtual gallery. ... MORE...


Watch this delightful 1975 Mississippi Public Television interview of Theora Hamblett by famed famed potter, Lee McCarty.

The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston, co-published by the University Museum and University Press of Mississippi, is an examination of the life and work of William Eggleston. Widely considered to be the father of color photography, Eggleston helped establish the artistic medium and has inspired photographers and artists around the world.

Edited by Ann J. Abadie, the catalog contains fifty-five Eggleston photographs, thirty-six of which were featured in The Beautiful Mysterious exhibition at the University of Mississippi Museum.

Being a member provides you with the special distinction of being part of a dynamic group of supporters of the University of Mississippi Museum and Rowan Oak. Now its easier than ever to become a member or renew a current membership online!

Even though both Rowan Oak and the University Museum are currently closed to the public, the Bailey Woods Trail remains open from dawn until dusk daily. We ask that all trail visitors practice appropriate social distancing while enjoying this National Recreation Trail, which connects the two sites.


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