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Museum Galleries & Exhibitions are Open to University Faculty and Students by Appointment

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 to the general public 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.

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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.

Follow the Museum on social media to learn more about artists from our permanent collection, important milestones, and celebratory days! 


Every Thursday starting September 3 through December 17, 2020!

Cost: FREE
Check out our Virtual Open Studio art demo videos inspired by works in our collection. Fun for kids of all ages! Check them out on our museum education blog.

Open Books and Open Hearts Virtual Family Day!

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Bring the UM Museum to your classroom today!
The University of Mississippi Museum is proud to offer a free Traveling Trunk program that brings the art, history, and culture of the museum to your classroom or organization.

With our new virtual option, teachers and students can experience our Traveling Trunks from anywhere! We will prepare teachers for the virtual presentation by sending a list of necessary supplies and the corresponding trunk lesson plan.


Say hi to Mosey! Find out how here.


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.

Running out of quarantine activities yet?
Why not give the #GettyMuseumChallenge a try! Our staff has recreated some of our favorite pieces with objects around the house—like this mosaic replica from the Robinson Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities by collections manager Melanie Antonelli! We want to see your recreations too! Check out our social feeds and website for inspiration, or look for iconic Oxford spots!

Get the Memphis Flyer at the Museum!
The Museum is the only place in Oxford to distribute this great resource for what’s going on in Memphis. Available daily on the Front Porch of the Walton-Young House, next to the Museum.

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