Our exhibitions reflect the museum’s broad, interdisciplinary approach, educating
visitors about the diversity and richness found throughout the South. Find out what you can see, learn and experience on your next visit.
Sewn Through Time: Sweetgrass Basketmakers Reimagine a Tradition
August 11 to December 10, 2022
Basketmakers have sewn baskets in the South Carolina Lowcountry since the 17th century.
The tradition has been preserved at the hands of the Gullah-Geechee people, descendants
of enslaved West Africans trafficked to North America. For over 300 years, basketmakers
have transformed baskets from a plantation tool into an art form. Today, basketmakers
continue to leverage heritage tourism to make a living, to advocate for the preservation
of the ecosystem vital to the tradition, and to experiment with scale, form, and materials.
This exhibition traces the evolution of sweetgrass baskets in South Carolina, highlighting
the innovative work of contemporary makers.
The Medium is the Message
April 7 to December 10, 2022
Drawing from the museum’s permanent collection and the South Carolina Broadcasting
Association’s archive, The Medium is the Message will showcase a selection of devices that have made mass communication possible over
the past century. The objects on display date from the late 19th century to the early
2000s. Some objects will appear unfamiliar and even strange, while others likely will
evoke a sense of nostalgia.
Catesby in the Carolinas
March 21 to October 1, 2022
McKissick Museum, along with the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections,
the A. C. Moore Herbarium, the South Caroliniana Library, and the Mark Catesby Centre
have come together to create a two-part exhibition centering around Mark Catesby and
his monumental work, Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1729-1747).
"Catesby in the Carolinas" highlights artifacts from all five collections with exhibit spaces in McKissick Museum
and the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. It contextualizes
Catesby’s life and works within his own time, situates the importance of his publications
in the history of the University of South Carolina Libraries, and considers Catesby’s
enduring importance for our own cultural and ecological moment.
Natural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific
Inquiry in the Natural World
Explore your own “natural curiosity” in this exhibit that highlights the treasures
of nature, and the evolution of the field of natural history. Visitors can learn from authentic objects or use newly installed touchscreens to dive
deeper into McKissick collections and explore the lives of Historic Southern Naturalists.
Invitation to Explore
This exhibit gives visitors an introduction to the many types of objects that McKissick
Museum collects, including university history, fine art, southeastern folklife, natural
history, and more. Visitors can also see the University’s mace and medallion, which
are on display when they are not in use at commencement ceremonies. This exhibition
is changed out annually to rest objects that have been on display and to highlight