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Interested in supporting the South Carolina State Museum? Make a donation online!

Donations to the South Carolina Museum Foundation are 100% tax deductible. To make your donation online click the link above. You can also donate by phone at (803) 898-4935 or mail a check to the State Museum Foundation, 301 Gervais St., Rear, Columbia, S.C., 29201.

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The mission of the South Carolina Museum Foundation is to support and promote the purposes of the South Carolina State Museum.

In this role the Foundation will maintain an exclusively non-profit, educational and eleemosynary structure. It also has an obligation to advise the Commission on Museum issues that will impact the Foundation’s ability to raise funds.


The purpose of the South Carolina Museum Foundation is to:

  • promote the programs and welfare of the South Carolina Museum

  • promote sound educational programs and exhibits

  • give people in South Carolina an opportunity to become involved in educational efforts in the history, natural history, science and technology, and art of South Carolina.

Learn more about the SC State Museum Foundation Board.



For more than 30 years, the Lipscomb family has been involved with the South Carolina State Museum, providing vision, leadership, and financial support to shape the Museum into the vibrant institution it is today. Many individuals have been inspired by the dedication and sentiment expressed by Guy Lipscomb, the first chairman of the South Carolina Museum Commission.

The Lipscomb Society is a planned giving program that helps provide for the future of the institution. Individuals can share in the vision and leadership of the Lipscomb Family by remembering the State Museum in their wills. Any donor who notifies the South Carolina Museum Foundation of a planned gift to the Foundation automatically becomes a Lipscomb Society member

In gratitude for and recognition of their planned gifts, names of The Lipscomb Society members will be displayed on The Lipscomb Society Wall located outside of the Lipscomb Gallery on the first floor of the State Museum.

When asked to use his family’s name for this important endeavor, Guy Lipscomb responded willingly and enthusiastically:

“The new planned giving society will help provide for the growth and improvement of all of the Museum’s present exhibits and the many new ones slated for future development” he said.

“It has always been a goal to build an endowment to help with major shows and exhibits – this society will help make that goal a reality. Most of the exhibits we now enjoy were financed by private support from individuals and corporations.

“I encourage all individuals who treasure their South Carolina heritage, tangible and intangible, to consider including the South Carolina Museum Foundation in their estate plans. The bequests you make today will in all cases help to insure that our grandchildren, even great-grandchildren, will have the opportunity to know and understand the fabric of their culture and history.

“Providing for the South Carolina Museum Foundation in your estate plans enables the Museum to become part of a vibrant and growing investment in the lives of future citizens.”



South Carolina Museum Foundation • 301 Gervais St., Loading Zone D • Columbia, SC 29201 • Office: (803) 898-4935 • fax: (803) 898-4969