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Current and Future Exhibitions

Our exhibitions are based on current scholarship and research, providing the university campus and the community with engaging presentations each year. We strive to produce exhibitions that reflect the museum’s broad, interdisciplinary approach, educating visitors about the diversity and richness found throughout the Southeast region.

Current Exhibitions 

Women lounging on the Horseshoe with McKissick Museum in the background

A Woman's Right                                                                                                               through December  5th, 2020, North Gallery

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, this exhibit explores how women fought for their rights on this campus, including the right to enroll, to live on campus, to participate in sports, and to have control over their bodies and their lives. Utilizing original research from Guest Curator, Dr. Jennifer Gunter, Director of the South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation, this exhibit will uncover the challenges and triumphs of women at UofSC. 

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece: Quilts from the Permanent Collection                              through July 18th, 2020, South Gallery

“Piece by Piece” illustrates the evolution of this textile tradition over the past one hundred and fifty years. From the early use of chintz fabrics to the widespread popularity of solid colors, these quilts reflect traditions with roots in Europe, Africa, and the American South. Visitors will have the opportunity to view 40+ quilts over the course of the show, chosen from McKissick Museum’s extensive quilt collection. Due to the fragile nature of historic textiles, individual quilts will be only be displayed for a limited time, with three rotations occurring throughout the year.

TV Anchor Joe Pinner with UofSC's Mascot Cocky

Not Your Average Joe: Mr. Knozit and the Peabody Award                   through June 6th, 2020, 3rd Floor Lobby

As the repository for the South Carolina Broadcasters' Archive, McKissick is proud to present an exhibition on the life and career of Joe Pinner, a pioneering television broadcaster with WIS. Come see artifacts from his 55-year career and reminisce about his most famous program, Mr. Knozit!

Lion Specimen in Natural Curiosity

Natural Curiosity:  The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry in the Natural World                                                           Ongoing, 3rd Floor, South Gallery

Explore your own “natural curiosity” in this exhibit that highlights the treasures of nature, and the evolution of the field of natural history.  Beginning soon after Carolina was founded as South Carolina College, professors and students alike collected samples of animal, vegetable, and mineral to study and grow their understanding of the world around them.  Today, visitors can still learn from these real and authentic objects or use newly installed touchscreens to dive deeper into the collections and explore the Historic Southern Naturalists. Where will your natural curiosity take you?


Upcoming Exhibits

Bladesmithing, or the art of making knives, has a long history in North and South Carolina. The artisans featured in this exhibition use a variety of materials to combine beauty and functionality in masterful blades.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.