The Soul of the State

The roots of creativity run deep in Mississippi, flowering from the heart of family, a stimulating physical environment, and seasons of struggle. Creativity was always here, even through slavery, wars, economic setbacks, and racial inequality. A sense of place connects artists to our shared history. 

Distinguished musicians, artists, and writers from Mississippi are celebrated worldwide. Their award-winning work tackles complex issues and pioneers new styles and forms. These talented men and women have enriched Mississippi, crafting a unique tradition of creativity and a rich cultural legacy.

From the Gallery

Explore artifacts, photos, and documents featured in the Soul of the State gallery.

Explore Mississippi

Journey beyond the museum walls and explore the places where history happened and is preserved.

Rowan Oak

Rowan OakThe Greek-revival home of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner, William Faulkner

916 Old Taylor Road
Oxford, Mississippi

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Delta Blues Museum

Delta Blues MuseumThis museum explores the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues.

1 Blues Alley 
Clarksdale, Mississippi

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