“Place never really stops informing us, for it is forever astir, alive, changing, reflecting, like the mind of man itself...

One place comprehended can make us understand other places better.”



After a decade of memories, we say a temporary farewell to The Mississippi Story exhibition and de-install 8,500 square feet of gallery space.

Find out why and what comes next.


The Mississippi Story showcases approximately 200 objects from the Museum's permanent collection. It was curated by art historian Patti Carr Black and installed in 2007 in conjunction with the opening of the Museum’s modern building. It has always been free and open to the public.

We are currently transforming these galleries to make room for exciting new chapters.

December 9, 2017 - July 8, 2018



To commemorate the state's bicentennial, the galleries of The Mississippi Story will become part of Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, the largest art exhibition about Mississippi identity ever conceived.

As a gift to the state, Picturing Mississippi will also be free to the public.


Picturing Mississippi will:

fill 16,000 square feet of gallery space


span more than two centuries of art history


be composed of loans from across the nation


include work from 100 artists such as Robert Indiana, John James Audubon, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Sam Gilliam – as well as a plethora of other works by native Mississippians

New Voices

A re-imagined story

Following Picturing Mississippi, we will unveil a fresh iteration of The Mississippi Story complete with exciting new acquisitions, new technologies, and new spaces for discovery and dialogue.

In the year to come, we will look to you, the community, to help conceive and inform this new exhibition.


Message from Betsy Bradley
Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art

The Mississippi Story was created to evoke a sense of place and to explore what it means to be immersed in Mississippi. It has served visitors spectacularly, a tribute to the vision of curator and Mississippi treasure Patti Carr Black.” said Betsy Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art. “In the decade since we opened that exhibition, the Museum and the community have continued to evolve and grow. When we de-install the galleries of The Mississippi Story this summer and fall, it will not be a conclusion, but a continuation… We will be inviting public dialogue on multiple fronts about what stories, technologies, and experiences will compose the reimagined and expanded Mississippi Story exhibition of the future. Thank you for your support of art and public exchange in Mississippi.”


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