Museum on Main Street

As part of the Smithsonian Institution, Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a unique alliance of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils, and cultural organizations in small, rural communities.

In 2018, the Mississippi Humanities Council will begin hosting “Water/Ways,” the newest Museum on Main Street exhibit. “Water/Ways” looks at the environmental, cultural, religious, and economic significance that water plays in society. Applications are now being accepted to host “Water/Ways” in your community. Find more information on the exhibit and the application in the Links section of this page.

Museum on Main Street’s exhibitions focus on broad topics of national history and give host museums the opportunity, with support from state humanities councils and guidance from the state scholars, to create their own educational programs, cultural activities, and exhibitions that center on their local heritage. Exhibition support materials and “how to” training workshops are provided to venues hosting the exhibitions.

Since 2001, the Mississippi Humanities Council has toured seven MoMS exhibits including “Produce for Victory” (WWII America on the Home Front), “Key Ingredients” (America by Food), “Between Fences” (Boundaries, Borders and Bridges in America), “New Harmonies – Celebrating American Roots Music,” “Journey Stories” (Immigration, Migration and Settlement in America), “The Way We Worked,” and “Hometown Teams.”