Arts and Leisure
For decades, the University of Mississippi has attracted and nurtured some of the world’s most talented artists, writers, musicians, performers, and educators, making our university a premier hub of arts and leisure. From choral concerts to literary festivals, the university offers enrichment opportunities and entertaining events for all to enjoy throughout the year.
The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts seeks to enrich the intellectual and cultural environment of the University of Mississippi and the region by providing a venue for programming in performing arts, public affairs, and the humanities.
The Department of Theatre Arts offers great artistic and academic opportunities, and produces a full season of main-stage shows every season.
The LOU Symphony Orchestra is sponsored by the Department of Music and serves as the university orchestra for students and as the orchestra for the Lafayette, Oxford, and University communities.
The University of Mississippi Museum is free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visitors also can take the Bailey’s Woods trail (30-minute walk) to Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s home. Admission to Rowan Oak is $5 per visitor.
The University of Mississippi Libraries include the J.D. Williams Library (main) and the Science Library. Their mission is to support research, teaching, and learning at the university. The libraries also welcome the public to use library facilities and most library resources, and provide access to a rich collection of books, journals, electronic resources, media, and unique special collections.
The Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi acquires and preserves blues and blues-related materials in a variety of formats for scholars of the blues, African American studies, and Southern culture. With more than 60,000 sound recordings in most audio formats; over 20,000 photographs; more than 1,000 videos; over 34,000 books, periodicals, and newsletters; and numerous manuscripts and ephemera, the Blues Archive houses one of the largest collections of blues recordings, publications, and memorabilia in the world.
The Ole Miss Golf Course offers faculty and staff memberships to current or retired University of Mississippi employees. Spouses or unmarried children 18 or younger residing with a member may be added to this membership. Each member is eligible for full membership privileges.
The university’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics offers both men’s and women’s sports. Discounted season tickets are available to faculty and staff. Please contact the Ole Miss Athletics Ticket Office or Human Resources for additional information.