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State Museum Moves to Phase Two of Reopening

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Museum News | 0 comments

State Museum Moves to Phase Two of Reopening

More museum interactives and gallery spaces will be available, along with increased hours of operation and more.

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Virtual Museum – Let’s Get Colorful!

Posted by on Jun 24, 2020 in Art | 0 comments

We’ve turned some of our digitized art into coloring pages. If you don’t have a printer a home, that’s ok you can save this image to your phone or tablet and color them in. Be sure to tag us on social media if you share them. Have fun! 1. S.Dillard,Black Ducks,1987.Acrylic on board. 2. V.Grant, At the Soda Fountain, 1941. Tempera on board. 3. J.Harrison, Palmetto on Barn, 2009. Print. About IMLS The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support,...

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South Carolina State Museum Commission and Foundation Board Names New Executive Director

Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 in Museum News | 0 comments

South Carolina State Museum Commission and Foundation Board Names New Executive Director

The South Carolina State Museum Commission and the South Carolina State Museum Foundation Board are excited to announce Amy Bartow-Melia as the new executive director of the South Carolina State Museum.

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The Best Friend of Charleston: Short-Lived, Long Legacy

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in History | Comments Off on The Best Friend of Charleston: Short-Lived, Long Legacy

The Best Friend of Charleston: Short-Lived, Long Legacy

Learn more about one of the South Carolina State Museum’s most recognizable objects: The Best Friend of Charleston.

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Now On Display: Frederick Douglass Walking Stick

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in History, Museum News | Comments Off on Now On Display: Frederick Douglass Walking Stick

Now On Display: Frederick Douglass Walking Stick

The museum recently acquired walking stick belonging to abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. The stick was gifted to him while visiting Charleston, S.C. in March 1888. The Douglass Walking stick is one of a kind and is now on display.

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Hands-On Home Science – Got Baking Soda and Vinegar? Let’s Make a Volcano (and more)!

Posted by on Apr 8, 2020 in Educational Resources, Hands-On Home Science | Comments Off on Hands-On Home Science – Got Baking Soda and Vinegar? Let’s Make a Volcano (and more)!

Hands-On Home Science – Got Baking Soda and Vinegar? Let’s Make a Volcano (and more)!

By: Laura Kane, Education Manager Students and teachers may be away from their classrooms and science labs at the moment, but there are still lots of opportunities for easy, hands-on learning while at home. State Museum Education Manager, Laura Kane, will be featuring a few activities parents and kids can do together using regular household items. Ready? Gather up your baking soda and vinegar so we can learn about reactions – by making a volcano! Plus, you can even get creative and use the same materials and reaction to make other fun things....

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Sherlock Holmes Forensic Video Series

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 in Events, Exhibits | Comments Off on Sherlock Holmes Forensic Video Series

Sherlock Holmes Forensic Video Series

Forensic scientists specializing in DNA, Ballistics, Blood Spatter Analysis, Cryptography and Toxicology are featured in our new Sherlock Holmes Forensic Video Series. Click the images below to learn more, and get ready for our Forensic Science Saturday coming up on Saturday March 14. Join the State Museum for a special day all about forensic science and crime solving, and save on kids admission to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes with a Jr. Detective Pass and more.         The International Exhibition of...

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Sherlock Holmes Forensic Series: Toxicology

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 in Exhibits | Comments Off on Sherlock Holmes Forensic Series: Toxicology

Sherlock Holmes Forensic Series: Toxicology

As a forensic toxicologist, it is my job to either rule out or confirm the presence of a particular substance as a potential cause of death. I test for a number of things including alcohol, illegal or prescription drugs, toxic chemicals, metals and gases such as carbon monoxide or cyanide. Any substance can be toxic if administered in sufficient quantities. Poisons are considered to be those substances which produce harmful effects in small quantities. The investigation starts by examining the crime scene for evidence such as pill bottles,...

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Sherlock Holmes Forensic Series: Cryptography

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 in Exhibits | Comments Off on Sherlock Holmes Forensic Series: Cryptography

Sherlock Holmes Forensic Series: Cryptography

Prior to the age of modern technology, cryptography was synonymous with encryption. The producer of the encrypted message would share the decoding technique only with the intended recipients. This insured the privacy of the message even if it was intercepted. Question document examiners are scientists who are trained to analyze questioned handwriting, photocopies, papers, inks, and other documentary evidence in order to establish authenticity. We do not determine age, gender, personality or character traits from handwriting. This is referred...

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Sherlock Holmes Forensic Series: DNA

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 in Exhibits | Comments Off on Sherlock Holmes Forensic Series: DNA

Sherlock Holmes Forensic Series: DNA

During the era of Sherlock Holmes, fingerprinting was the most accurate way to place a suspect at the scene of a crime. The technique was revolutionary and helped put many criminals behind bars. Today, an even more accurate method of identification is used – DNA Profiling. Because they are highly accurate, DNA results are admissible in court as reliable evidence. Although 99.9% of human DNA sequences are the same in every person, the genetic material is different enough to distinguish one individual from another. DNA is a chemical found...

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