Trying to plan a fun and interesting trip for you, your civic or church group, garden club, or elementary or middle school class? Individuals and groups small and large (50 person maximum) can visit the beautiful Mississippi State University campus for a guided campus tour, historical tour, children’s tour or one of many other tours, all conducted by our Maroon VIPs.

Tours must be scheduled AT LEAST two weeks in advance.

Drill field statue with buildings in the background

Campus Tour

This guided tour introduces you to the MSU campus and also includes interesting facts and traditions of Mississippi State University. Allow 30 minutes to 1 hour for this tour. There is no age limit, nor group size limit, however, if the group is larger than 25 it may be divided into smaller groups in order to have a more personalized experience.Various Saturday campus walking tours will be available for spring 2019. Those dates and times will be posted in early 2019.

Industrial Education building

Historical Tour

This tour begins at the Welcome Center and involves 17 historic structures or points of interest on campus. Allow 30 minutes for this tour. It is best given as a combined riding and walking tour. Group size is determined by transportation limitations.

Drill field statue with buildings in the background

Elementary and Middle School Tour

Get ready for a day of interactive activities! From performing a fossil dig with geologists to touring some of our great athletic facilities, this customizable tour is perfect for elementary classes and youth groups alike. Browse through the tours listed below and pick out which tours interest you. Please take careful note of the age, time and size requirements when deciding on your interests. Once you have an idea of the areas you would like to tour contact us so that we can help you plan your fun filled day.

Tour group

Prospective (Undergraduate and Graduate) Students Tour

The Office of Admissions and Scholarships offers several programs that will allow undergraduate students to visit campus and learn more about becoming a student at Mississippi State University. To learn more about scheduling a campus visit for a prospective undergraduate student or attending an On-Campus Recruitment Event, please visit the Admissions & Scholarships site. To schedule a campus tour as a prospective graduate student contact us at the Welcome Center.

Available tours

The times listed for each tour are average times; most can be adjusted to some degree to accommodate your needs. If there are minimum ages listed these are firm, no exceptions. The group size is also listed if there are restrictions. If your group is larger than the number allowed we will divide your group to accommodate the requirements, if possible.

Aquaculture Unit

30min


No larger than 25


Guided tour of ponds and concrete vats displaying Mississippi catfish and fresh water shrimp. The tour includes information on the research conducted on-site and an overview of aquaculture in Mississippi. Group size of 25 maximum (larger groups can NOT be divided into groups of 25 to accommodate).

Athletic Facilities

45min


Group size no larger than 25


Guided tour of Davis Wade Football Stadium, Humphrey Coliseum, Mize Pavilion, Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex and the Templeton (Hall of Fame). Davis Wade Football Stadium tours will be available on Wednesdays only during fall 2018 semester. The other athletic tours will be given as available. Tours will last about 45 minutes per area toured.

Chapel of Memories

20min



Tour historic chapel built from bricks of Old Main dormitory.

Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum

30min



Starkville businessman Charles Templeton, Sr.'s collection of 200 instruments, 13,000 pieces of music, and 15,000 pieces of sheet music from the Ragtime era and more.

Cobb Institute Museum of Archaeology

30min


Must be 10 years old or older. Group size no larger than 25.


Exhibits feature artifacts from the ancient Middle East and Southeastern U.S.

Colvard Student Union

30min



Tour the newly renovated student union

Cullis & Gladys Wade Clock Museum

20min



 Located at the Cullis Wade Depot, the Wade Clock Museum boasts a collection of over 400 time pieces dating back as far as the 1700's. On the second floor is a small art gallery that features work by students, faculty, and alumni.

Depot Gallery

15min


Located on the 2nd floor of the Cullis Wade Depot


This is a self-guided tour. Most exhibits are works of MSU faculty, staff and students.

Dunn-Seiler Geology Museum

60min


Group size no larger than 30


Features rocks, fossils, and other geological pieces, including a Triceratops skull. Tours and the Fossil Dig are available Monday - Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the fall 2018 semester. Per Geology Department policy, fossil digs can not be rescheduled. (Available to 2nd grade & above)

Extension Arthropod (Bug) Zoo and Mississippi Entomological Museum

45min


Group size no larger than 30


Guided tour of the Extension Arthropod (Bug) Zoo and the Mississippi Entomological (Insect) Museum.Maximum group size is 30 (group will have to be divided in museum), groups larger than 30 can NOT be accommodated.

Greenhouses

30min


Group size no larger than 35


Guided tour of greenhouses located behind Dorman Hall

H.H. Leveck Animal Research Center (South Farm)

30min


Group size no larger than 2 bus groups


Driving tour of south farm emphasizing beef & cattle production.

Historic Tour

45min


Group size determined by mode of transportation


This tour is best given as a combination of driving and walking. This tour begins at the Welcome Center and involves 17 historic structures or points of interest.

Joe Frank Sanderson Center

30min



Guided tour of this state-of-the-art recreation facility which includes two gymnasia, a jogging track, racquetball courts, an indoor swimming pool, table tennis, and may other areas.

John Grisham Room

30min


Group size no larger than 75


View the works of local writer and alumnus, John Grisham.

Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES), Custer Dairy Processing Plant

45min


Group size no larger than 25


Guided tour of the MAFES cheese factory and a brief introduction to the process by which MSU's famous cheese and ice cream are made. Tours are available various times during the fall 2018 semester. (Must be 13 years of age or older.) 

Mitchell Memorial Library

30min


Group size no larger than 15


Must be 13 years and older. Tour the library and the units within it.

R. R. Foil Plant Science Research Center (North Farm)

30min


Group size no larger than 2 bus loads.


Driving tour of agricultural plots.

Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park

20min


Group size should not exceed your mode of transportation


This tour is given as a driving tour through the research park, discussing the buildings and research as you pass.

Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library & The Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana

45min


60


View one of the largest collections of Ulysses S. Grant papers and memorabilia as well as The Williams Collection, previously considered the nation's largest privately owned holding of Lincoln research and display materials.

Veteran's Memorial Rose Garden

30min



View more than 30 rose cultivars in this beautifully landscaped garden.

Walking Tour

45min



A running commentary will be given about the buildings and areas from the Welcome Center through the center of campus.