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.
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
Piece by Piece: Quilts from the Permanent Collection
February 8th, 2021 - May 29th, 2021
Since the 1980s, McKissick has documented and celebrated quilting traditions, produced
several quilt publications, and developed programs exploring quiltmaking history in
the southeast. The quilts in Piece by Piece illustrate the evolution of this textile
tradition over the past two hundred years. McKissick invites you to discover the lives
of Southern quiltmakers and their creations in the third and final iteration of this
8th, 2021 - June 15th, 2021
Showcasing a wide range of toys—everything from teddy bears and Barbies to Lincoln
Logs, Legos, and Nintendo 64--Child’s Play will be both a walk down memory lane and
an invitation to consider the serious business of play for children and adults. The
exhibit mines the many messages we send and receive with toys—especially messages
about social norms.
It is through play that we develop and test our physical and social skills. Play creates
a safe space where we try out diverse social roles and scenarios. The social norms
toys communicate are easier to identify in unfamiliar toys of the past. But today’s
toys are no less burdened with meaning.
Museum Management Program alumna Leslie Yarborough conceived of and developed the
idea for this exhibit as part of an independent study class on museum exhibitions.
Applying the skills she acquired in the program, Yarborough conceptualized the exhibition's
thematic structure and educational goals. Child’s Play gently prods us to think more
critically about the toys we fondly recall as dear companions, as well as those that
perhaps were objects of our desire yet remained out of reach.
Resilience, Reflection, Rebuilding: Students Respond to COVID-19
March 8th, 2021 - April 17th, 2021
Organized by Amanda Noyes, Disability Resource Coordinator at UofSC, Casey Cline,
Disability Services Counselor at Midlands Tech, and Kristin Brooks, Director of the
Pierce Communication Center at Columbia College, this exhibit grew from a need to
provide an expressive outlet for students to share their experiences during the COVID-19
pandemic. This creative process created an opportunity for students to begin to heal
and to express all of the emotions that so many of us have shared over the last year.
Resilience, Reflection, Rebuilding is special in that it stands as a multi-collegiate
initiative featuring two-dimensional student artwork from the University of South
Carolina, Columbia College, and Midlands Technical College. After spending time at
McKissick Museum, this show will head to the Richland Library.
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.