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Dear Friends,

Do you have fond memories of visiting the State Museum as a child with your family or with a class trip? Do you now bring your own children or grandkids to the museum and stroll through the galleries remembering some of the exhibits looking exactly as they did when you were a child?

As the dawn of a new decade approaches, we looked back over the last 31 years of educating and entertaining thousands of eager students and loving families from across South Carolina. Our doors first opened in 1988; 26 years later we underwent a major renovation, adding a Planetarium, 4D Theater and Observatory. These additions have had an enormous impact, not only for the museum but our students and guests as well.

While our expansion in 2014 took the museum to the next level; the permanent exhibit galleries, which showcase all four disciplines: Cultural History, Natural History, Science & Technology and Art, have remained virtually untouched over the years. These spaces have taught, inspired and engaged students and families for decades, and we are excited to announce we will be renovating all four floors over the next several years.

This project is guaranteed to ensure the museum will continue to be THE collector of South Carolina and all her incredible stories and as a top-of-mind destination for schools and families in Columbia and throughout the state. We can’t wait to start sharing our progress with you.

As this year comes to a close, we hope you will continue to support the educational efforts of The South Carolina State Museum. We have included a donation request form and invite you to make a gift during our annual fund campaign.

A gift of any size is critical to sustain the museum’s impact as we nurture young minds and bring families together through our engaging exhibits, theaters, artifacts and programs.

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William Calloway
Executive Director, SC State Museum


P.S. Please remember that donations to the South Carolina Museum Foundation Annual Fund are 100% tax deductible. Thank you! To make your donation click below to donate online, call (803) 898-4935 or mail a check to the State Museum Foundation, 301 Gervais St., Rear, Columbia, S.C., 29201.

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