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Dear Museum Family,

As we leave behind 2021 and move forward into the New Year, we want to share with you our ongoing appreciation for your support! We have been reflecting on the past year and working hard to ensure that you, our guests, have engaging and impactful content, exhibitions, and events to return to in 2022.

The State Museum is embarking on an ambitious initiative over the next five year to Reimagine the Experience you have with us – whether exploring our galleries, participating in one of our educational programs, or sharing content with us online. We have been using this time to ask ourselves what we can do to improve your guest experience. We found that we have a LOT to do! Over the next few years, we will be working to improve the museum in all facets. To kick off the project, we are currently updating our Education Wing to better serve the tens of thousands of school children that visit us annually with a more welcoming, ADA accessible environment in which to learn and be inspired.

We invite you to embark on this journey with us! New exhibitions, events and improvements coming in 2022 to watch out for include:

• Education Wing refresh- In-progress
• State-of-the-Art Upgrades to our Planetarium and 4D Theater – In-progress
Bindings & Betweens: South Carolina Quilts Exhibition- Now open
• Dollar Sundays Return – Jan. 2022 Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Face to Face – New Art Exhibition – Opens Feb. 12, 2022
• Amore Under the Stars Valentine’s Event – Feb. 10, 2022
• Jazz & Bluegrass Oyster Roast – April 2, 2022
Bias Inside Us, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition – Opens May 2022
• Watermedia Society 45th Anniversary Show – Opening August 2022
• South Carolina State Museum Gala – September 2022
• State Museum grounds landscaping- In-progress

Whether it be exciting planetarium upgrades, diverse and engaging exhibitions, or a fresh museum landscape, you are always our first thought in the planning process. We hope you will continue to support the efforts of the South Carolina State Museum. We have included a donation request form and invite you to make a gift during in support of our Annual Fund. A gift of any size will help us reach our goals of creating a welcoming, engaging, diverse, and inclusive museum for all of South Carolina.

Wishing you and your families a very Happy New Year. We can’t wait to see you at the Museum in 2022!

Amy Bartow-Melia
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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Questions? Call 803.898.4935