Mississippi State is home to a number of different museums and galleries that span multiple disciplines. Please click on the link to learn more about each gallery including hours of operation and contact information.
Art & Architecture
Located on the 2nd floor of the Colvard Student Union, Showcases rotating exhibitions of regional and national scope.
Monday - Friday 8 am - 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 10 pm
The Department of Art manages two galleries featuring rotating art exhibitions by nationally recognized artists, students, and MSU faculty.
The Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery (second floor of the MSU Welcome Center) is open Monday through Friday, 9am until 5pm and the Visual Arts Center Gallery, 808 University Drive, is open Monday through Friday, 1pm until 6pm and Saturday, 1pm until 4pm.
Located in the T. K. Martin Center features the art of EXPRESS Yourself! artists. EXPRESS Yourself! Art uses the techniques of Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T) to provide a means for Mississippians with the most severe disabilities to feel the power of self expression through art.
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm, or by appointment
McNeel Architecture Gallery on the second floor of Giles Hall offers rotating architecture exhibitions of regional and national scope.
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm
Sunday 2pm - 5pm
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm, Closed Weekends
History & Humanities
Located on the fourth floor of Mitchell Memorial Library, the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum tells the story of the “business of music” with its collection of musical instruments, recordings and sheet music.
Monday-Friday from 9 am - 5 pm
Located at the Cullis Wade Depot, this collection of over 400 clocks and watches dates back as far as the early 1700s.
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Showplace for more than 350 antique tools and primitive machines. Forest Products Laboratory.
By Appointment Only
Located on the third floor of Mitchell Memorial Library, the John Grisham Room displays memorabilia and materials from the writings and achievements of bestselling author, former Mississippi legislator, and MSU alumnus John Grisham.
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
The MSU Archives is located within the MSU Library Special Collections Division on the third floor of Mitchell Memorial Library. The archives house papers, documents, photographs and artifacts that document the history of Mississippi State University from 1878 to present.
Monday-Friday: 7:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mitchell Memorial Library, in addition to rotating exhibits highlighting materials found in Special Collections, contains prominent museums including The Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum; The John Grisham Room, featuring memorabilia from alumnus and best-selling author John Grisham; The Stennis/Montgomery Room, the Special Collections exhibit gallery and the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library.
Located on the third floor of the Mitchell Memorial Library, the Stennis-Montgomery Room houses 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.
Monday-Friday 7:30am - 5pm
The Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana represents a lifetime of collecting documents, books, artifacts, ephemera, philately, numismatics, paintings, and statuary related to the life of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in general.
Monday - Friday 7:30am-5pm
Located on the fourth floor of Mitchell Memorial Library, the Grant Presidential Library houses correspondence, photographs, paintings, engravings, statues and other artifacts relating to the life and Presidency of the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant.
Monday-Friday 7:30am - 5pm.
The Department of Geosciences houses a public gallery with exhibits that focus on rocks, minerals, fossils, and other items of geologic interest including an overview of the geologic history of Mississippi and a cast of a real Triceratops skull.
Fall 2023 Hours of Operation (August 21-November 29)
For group tours, please contact the Mississippi State University Welcome Center (662) 325-5198
To contact the Director or Curator, call (662) 325-3915
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LOIS DOWDLE COBB MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO FLOOD DAMAGE. Follow Museums and Galleries News on Facebook at "Mississippi State University Museums and Galleries"
The Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology includes artifacts from the ancient Middle East and the Southeastern United States. Located in the Cobb Archaeology Building.
(Updated August 25, 2020) The Mississippi Entomology Museum is open during the hours posted above, but remember that masks are required on campus at this time.
The Mississippi Entomology Museum boasts the third largest insect collection in the Southeastern United States, with 1 million specimens. It includes the Ross Hutchins and David Young photograph collections with more than 40,000 slides and prints.
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Beginning at the MSU Visitor Center, the Campus Tree Trail is located in the heart of the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville. The trail exhibits common and not-so-common tree species found throughout the Southeastern United States. The trail is open to the public seven days a week. The trail currently consists of twenty tree species and includes specimens of special interest to Mississippians such as the Moon Sycamore and the Melting Gingkos. A map of the trail can be found at http://map.msstate.edu in the “Tours” tab.
The Extension Arthropod Zoo is located in the Clay Lyle Lobby. The zoo houses a variety of local and exotic arthropods including insects, millipedes and centipedes, tarantulas and local spiders, and scorpions. An observation bee colony in the lobby and a native pollinator wall is supported by a native plant garden. Seasonal insects are also featured. The zoo is open to the public for walk through tours from 8:00 to 4:00pm Monday-Friday, or you can schedule a guided tours. Guided tours are more interactive and several arthropods can be removed from their habitats and handled. With enough advance notice we can customize tours.
Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm