The University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses enrich our cultural and academic life by providing exhibitions and programs that inspire learning, discourse, curiosity, and imagination.

To collect, document, research, study, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the objects and artifacts related to the history of the University, associated with the University curriculum in art, classical archeology, anthropology, history, physics, astronomy, engineering, and reflecting the cultural history of the people of Oxford, North Mississippi, and the state.

To promote the study and research of its collections in art, classical archeology, anthropology, history, natural philosophy, and technology.

To encourage scholarly and popular publication based on the collections.

To acquire and maintain reference collections to augment the educational value of the permanent collections.

To develop and enact educational programming for all ages and to acquire and maintain teaching collections.

To cooperate with other university departments concerning research, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of objects and artifacts related to their respective disciplines.

To cooperate with other museums and public and private institutions to further the objectives of research, education, exhibitions, and public service.