Arts & Culture

Arts and Culture in Mississippi

The Magnolia State has been making history since its founding in December of 1817. Since then, it has played an integral part in shaping the history of America, as well as several artistic and cultural movements that people across the country enjoy today. Whether you’re interested in the artists that have thrived as a result of such a rich culture or the development and preservation of Mississippi’s historical attractions, there’s an endless amount of things to do and places to see. Visit Mississippi has everything you need to know about exploring the art and culture found across the state.

The Mississippi Museum of Art

While you should take all the time you can to explore local artists and discover the history and influence behind their creations, there are places in Mississippi dedicated to preserving and displaying artists from around the entire state. The Mississippi Museum of Art was founded in Jackson for this purpose and has been adding to its expansive collection of over 4,000 works since it first opened in 1978.

Since its founding, patrons from all over have enjoyed the rotating exhibits featuring world-renowned, iconic artists, as well as new exhibits and educational events that are scheduled year-round. With programs designed for families, youngsters, and adults, the exhibits on display at the museum appeal to a wide audience.

Fine Arts and Performing Arts

While the Mississippi Museum of Art highlights all kinds of art, there are areas throughout the Magnolia State that focus on the performing arts and specific aspects of the fine arts. With art galleries dedicated to specific artists, you can experience their mastery in more intimate settings. Some of these fine art galleries and attractions also are located along the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Country Music Trail that traverse the state.

Additionally, several theaters in the state provide opportunities for tourists and locals to enjoy the performing arts. A host of venues provide local artists opportunities to share their visions and messages with the world. There also are wonderful places to catch a nationally renowned artist who’s touring the state during your stay.

Literature and Cultural Preservation

While the fine and performing arts are beautiful representations of culture and history, there’s something powerful about firsthand, written accounts of past lives. Mississippi has produced some of the world’s most classic literary icons. A few of Mississippi’s most notable authors include:

  • William Faulkner
  • Eudora Welty
  • Richard Wright
  • John Grisham
  • Donna Tartt
  • Natasha Trethewey

These authors and others have contributed to the rich literary culture of Mississippi and the country through their short stories, novels, and poems.

Learn More About Arts and Culture in Mississippi

A trip to Mississippi is a tour through the history of the arts in America. Whether you’re visiting a museum or a local blues club, you’ll find sources of inspiration that continue to fuel the creativity of individuals around the world. Contact Visit Mississippi to start planning your tour today.

Walter Anderson Museum of Art

Ocean Springs, MS  FEATURED

The Walter Anderson Museum of Art began as an idea by a group of people in Ocean Springs and Jackson, Mississippi to preserve the art and culture of Walter Inglis Anderson. The Friends of Walter Anderson was chartered in 1974, and through […]

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Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale, MS  FEATURED

Local blues bands, Southern eats & booze in down home club co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman. […]

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Cleveland, MS  FEATURED

GRAMMY MUSEUM MISSISSIPPI IN CLEVELAND, MISSISSIPPI The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is an interactive museum located in Cleveland, Mississippi, United States, focused on the continuing musical achievements of Mississippians. The museum opened on March 5, 2016. Mississippi is known around the […]

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Wyatt Waters Gallery


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MSU Riley Center

Meridian, MS

The Riley Center, also known as the Grand Opera House and formally as the Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts, is a performing arts and conference center in Meridian, Mississippi. It was added to the National […]

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Tennessee Williams Home & Welcome Center

Columbus, MS

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