- 380 S Lamar St, Jackson, MS 39201
The mission of the Mississippi Museum of Art is to engage Mississippians with visual art.
In 2007 the museum made a small geographical move that allowed the museum to advance greatly in terms of capabilities, technology and overall philosophy of what an art museum means to the community. With an architectural makeover at the new facility, the museum was on a mission to become a symbolic “museum without walls.” The completed building completed Phase 1 of the decade-long plan to transform the museum’s surroundings into a cohesive cultural district in downtown Jackson.
Phase 2 of the plan was completed in 2011 after the opening of The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art, a 1.2-acre public green space with outdoor art installations and a performance stage.
Beginning as the Mississippi Art Association, with only a small collection of paintings, the Mississippi Museum of Art’s collection has grown to over 5,500 objects. It carries particular strength in American art from the 19th and 20th centuries by some of the country’s most prominent artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol. The museum’s main suite of galleries presents its permanent collection called The Mississippi Story, a thematic exhibition that encompasses Mississippi artists of all stripes.
The museum has ongoing exhibitions such as The Mississippi Story, William Dunlap’s Panorama of the American Landscape, Pre-Columbian Ceramics and Four Freedoms by Mildred Nungester Wolfe. Temporary exhibitions make appearances regularly.