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Museums and Exhibits

The MSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries which showcases museums and galleries in academic institutions. Visit our museums and exhibits during their open hours, or
book a guided tour for yourself or your group.

Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library Museum

The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library Museum is an engaging and interactive visitor experience that presents the four eras of President Grant’s life. Visitors will enjoy the rich collection and research of the library that represents his love of family, his military career, and public life as the President and a statesman. Films and interactive media allow the visitors to become engaged with the context of the times and to discover more of the intimate details of Grant’s personal life and beliefs.

The Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana Gallery

This Gallery presents one of the country’s largest and most comprehensive private collections of President Abraham Lincoln material. The Gallery was created to exemplify the importance of primary evidence and to provide an answer to why we collect. Visitors will be presented with the depth of the collection through a rotating exhibit of one hundred priceless artifacts found in the collection. Visitors will view the most important pieces that relate to Lincoln’s days as a lawyer and public servant, husband and father, a politician, the 16th President, and then the tragedy of the assassination.

Charles H. Templeton Music Museum

The Museum tells the story of the "business of music" with its collection of musical instruments, recordings, and sheet music. View and listen to early phonographs created by Thomas Edison; gramophones produced by Columbia and Eldridge Johnson; cylinder and disc-type music boxes; organs; organettes of paper roll and cob varieties; and self-playing accordions.

The John Grisham Room

The John Grisham Room displays materials and memorabilia from the writings and achievements of bestselling author, former Mississippi legislator (1983-1990), and MSU alumnus John Grisham. It also serves as a presentation and conference suite for seminars, receptions, lectures, and other functions related to teaching, research, and service.

The Myrna Colley-Lee Exhibit

Selected costumes and notes from costume, art, and set designer Myrna Colley-Lee are on exhibit in the John Grisham Room.

The Stennis-Montgomery Room

The Stennis-Montgomery Room is located on the third floor of the Mitchell Memorial Library. The Stennis-Montgomery Room contains photographs, correspondence, and artifacts that document the lives and careers of Senator John C. Stennis and Congressman G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery, both Mississippi State alums. The Stennis-Montgomery Room is open Monday-Friday 7:30-5 and is used as a Library and MSU campus meeting space.

Louis Burns Brock, Jay Brock, and Hank Brock Gallery

Located on the first floor of the Old Main Academic Center, the Gallery showcases materials from the University Libraries and other campus museums. Made possible by a gift from Louis Burns Brock, a 1968 MSU general business administration graduate.

Mississippi State University Historical Buildings

Mississippi State University Historical Buildings

The buildings pictured in this photographic essay were constructed during the early years of the University and represent a variety of architectural styles of the last 1800s and early 1900s.

Mississippi State University: The A&M Years

Mississippi State University: The A&M Years

This exhibit is a photographic essay of life from 1880-1932 on the campus of Mississippi State University. The University was founded as Mississippi A&M College in 1878 and campus operations began in 1880. In 1932 the name was changed to Mississippi State College, and in 1958 to Mississippi State University.

Glimpses of the Past: Mississippi State Baseball

Glimpses of the Past: Mississippi State Baseball

The first sports team of any variety formed at Mississippi State University, then Mississippi A&M College, was a baseball team, organized in 1885, five years after the college opened in 1880. The photographs in this exhibit are of MSU baseball teams from the late 1890s through the early 1920s. The young men that played on these teams sometimes had to make do without a coach, yet they persisted, and all together they laid the groundwork for a premier baseball program.

Women Through the Years at MSU

Women Through the Years at MSU: 1900-2018

The exhibit shows the pivotal role of women since the University’s founding, highlighting women across all aspects of campus life. Images and artifacts on display show women in science, athletics, music, campus organizations, and leadership positions, and tell the story of how pioneering women have shaped the university and helped to make it what it is today.

Famous Types Exhibit

Famous Types: Typewriters from the Soboroff Collection

August 31 - September 24 2018

Tennessee Williams’s 1936 Corona Junior, Ernest Hemingway’s 1929 Underwood Standard, Maya Angelou’s 1980 Adler Meteor 12 and John Lennon’s 1951 Imperial are among the timeless typewriters featured in a new, must-see exhibition on display Aug. 31-Sept. 24 at Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library.

Free and open to the public, the “Famous Types” exhibition in the library’s third-floor John Grisham Room contains nine typewriters from Los Angeles civic leader Steve Soboroff’s renowned collection.

Scrawl and Order

Scrawl and Order: A Brief History of Writing and Printing

The Mississippi State University Libraries Special Collections Department is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit entitled SCRAWL AND ORDER: A Brief history of writing and printing. On display in this exhibit are a wide variety of written and printed materials, drawn from the Manuscripts, University Archives, Rare Books and Mississippiana and the Grant Library. Materials are on display on both the 2nd and 3rd floors.