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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.

A Centennial Celebration of Congressman G.V. Sonny Montgomery

A Centennial Celebration of Congressman G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery

An exhibit to honor the 100th birthday of the late Congressman Montgomery.

Votes for Women! A Centennial Celebration of the Women's Suffrage Movement in America

Votes for Women! A Centennial Celebration of the Women's Suffrage Movement in America

For nearly 100 years, in the newspapers, in the pulpit, and in public meetings and conventions, men and women spent a considerable amount of energy debating whether participation in their nation's political process was their God-given right. This digital exhibit showcases that century-long fight for women's suffrage in America.

Through the Lines: Letters from Home and the Front, 1917-1945

Through the Lines: Letters from Home and the Front, 1917-1945

These letters were written by men and women, including many graduates of the University, who served in these great conflicts or who lived in hope that their loved ones would return to them after the war. The soldiers' thoughts on getting accustomed to the pace and structure of military life and missing their homes, families, farms, and favorite foods, like Mama's chocolate cake, are recurrent themes in their letters; their voices, as well as the voices of their loved ones, are represented in this exhibit.

Against All Odds: The First Black Legislators in Mississippi

Against All Odds: The First Black Legislators in Mississippi

This digital exhibit documents the lives of over 150 African American men who worked in the Mississippi legislature during Reconstruction until 1894. The exhibit features over 800 newspaper clippings, dozens of portraits, quotes from primary and secondary sources, and biographies of these trailblazing men.


Votes for Women! A Centennial Celebration of the Women's Suffrage Movement in America

Votes for Women! A Centennial Celebration of the Women's Suffrage Movement in America

"Votes for Women! A Centennial Celebration of the Women's Suffrage Movement in America" is an exhibit now on display in the third floor atrium of the MSU Mitchell Memorial Library and is comprised of 11 poster sized panels detailing the history of the suffrage movement in American, specifically highlighting the movement in Mississippi.

Southern Literary Trail Gallery

Southern Literary Trail Gallery

Headquartered at Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library, the Southern Literary Trail celebrates acclaimed Southern writers and the places that influenced them. The nation’s first tri-state literary trail, it traverses Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. The Southern Literary Trail gallery is located on the library’s first floor. It features books, images, and memorabilia representing the works of these legendary literary figures.