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McKissick Museum

  • Man explaining an artifact to two students outside the museum


Established in 1976, we're located at the heart of the historic Horseshoe on the University of South Carolina's campus. Our collections date back to 1801 and provide insight into the history of the university and the community, culture, and environment of the American South.

Mission Statement

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum fosters awareness and appreciation for the diversity of the region’s culture, history, and natural environment. The museum fulfills the university’s mission by engaging in campus educational and enrichment activities, acting as a repository for relevant collections, and through its graduate museum certificate program. It accomplishes these aims through original research about southern life, material culture, natural science, and decorative and fine arts, holding exhibitions, issuing publications and offering public programming. It collaborates with the university community and outside constituents in documenting, collecting and interpreting the Southern experience.



 McKissick Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, operating within their guidelines for the proper care and safekeeping of these historical artifacts.


Advisory Council

The Museum has an Advisory Council consisting of university and community members dedicated to the welfare and promotion of McKissick's endeavors. 


Our Partners

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