The Kent State University Museum is currently closed in response to COVID-19. We plan to reopen on August 20 at 11 am with new guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

The Kent State Museum contains important collections of fashion and decorative arts. Its eight galleries feature changing exhibitions of work by many of the world's great artists and designers.

Closely linked to the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, the Museum provides students with first-hand experience with historic and contemporary fashions, as well as costumes representing many of the world's cultures. An extensive collection of American glass, fine furniture, textiles, paintings and other decorative arts combine to give context to the study of design.

The Museum serves both the University and the community through exhibitions, public programs, and research appointments in the collections.

The exhibition Culture/Counterculture looks at fashions of the 1960s and early 1970s with a particular focus on the generation gap during that period. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kent State’s shootings on May 4, 1970. Almost 50 years ago, the shootings of Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard brought to a head the cultural divides that had split the nation. There was a sharp contrast between supporters of the establishment and those opposed – the culture and the counterculture. These cleavages in society saw their clear expression in the fashions of the time.

  • Palmer and Mull Galleries | Sara Hume, Curator
    The “Fashion Timeline” showcases the Kent State University Museum’s world-class collection of historic fashions. Encompassing over two centuries of fashion history, this exhibition is designed to show the evolution of styles and silhouettes while contextualizing the pieces with relevant political, technological and cultural developments.

  • The Kent State University Fashion Museum host many exhibits throughout the year. Please be sure to check the schedule frequently for updates. 

  • Help us preserve the legacy
    The Kent State University Museum is a world-class destination for the study and presentation of historic and contemporary fashion, textiles and related art forms. Beautiful and unique, the textiles and clothing in the museum collection are quite fragile. 

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